Children, aged between 2 and 5 years, become great discoverers, eager to investigate, touch, smell, bite ... in search of new sensations; coinciding with the stage of greater neuronal plasticity where connections are recovered more easily, thus emerging new capacities.
Stimulation is essential for the development of children with disabilities. Some parents, faced with the physical disability of their child, may think that there is no way to develop this stimulation that other children get through movement and play. In Guiainfantil.com We show you that it is possible.
It is important for children, with and without disabilities, to explore the environment. An exploration that is sometimes slowed down for two reasons:
- The physical conditions resulting from a disability
- The precaution of parents for fear of possible harm, which promotes, in some cases, excessive care with the child.
Nevertheless, the stimulation of the child with disabilities will promote, the increase of motor and intellectual capacity as well as the normalization of disability through its own stimulation.
In this regard, a child, for example with cerebral palsy, at 3 years old may not have started crawling yet, but possibly if they put him on the ground with a toy that attracts him from a certain distance, the child will find a way to reach for that toy, either by crawling or bending over.
Without realizing it, the little one will be exploring the environment, discovering new ways of moving, new textures, postures, movements ... like just another child, since we must give them time and resources at the same time, which will increase their self-esteem, as well as possibility of generalizing these movements to other things.
A movement that of coursee should stimulate in a controlled and known environment, where parents reduce their fears but, at the same time, the child can let go of his desire to explore. For example, if we go to the park we should not fear that he will get dirty if he sits on the sand like another child, we must think that the fear of getting dirty should not go against stimulation for the little one. His contact with the sand makes manipulation work at the same time that it favors the creative capacity through the game with the elements that he uses in that space, without forgetting the communication that is established with the other children.
A simple game can represent a chain of actions in favor of the growth of intellectual and physical capacities. My experience as a person with cerebral palsy has shown me that, from the game, you can develop motor skills that are slowed down by brain injury.
I have felt how through a simple ball one can go from crawling to starting the march on his knees, through the desire that comes with making the ball in a higher and higher basket, an unconscious action that can facilitate the process of movement towards the posture kneeling starting from crawling.
With this anecdote, I wanted to reflect the importance of stimulation in evolution, the ability to discover based on the most innate. That curiosity and the desire to go a little further favor experiences and growth, since having difficulties doing things should not prevent us from doing them.
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