What is a sensory path?
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Why Are Sensory Paths Important?
Sensory paths are a natural part of a child’s day. Children and students all over the world are being flooded with a variety of sensory stimuli across the host of different environments that they encounter each and every day. These experiences are part of a continuous series of "sensory pathways" that help them learn about their environment, what is expected of them, and how they are supposed to interact with the broader world around them.
Sadly, many children’s sensory pathways, and ultimately their sensory systems of the body, are simply not challenged enough. If the sensory system is under-stimulated, our bodies often seek out ways to find stimulation to satisfy that need. In children, this sensory-seeking behavior often manifests in tantrums, crying, hyperactivity, and more.
Providing a comprehensive approach to, and ensuring that, children have ample opportunities to engage in daily physical activity (by increasing opportunities to experience new sensory pathways) is critical to their development. When sensory paths are created in a meaningful and thoughtful way, they can contribute to a child’s overall health and daily well-being.
FROM THE EXPERTS
The below articles are written by Timothy D. Davis, Ph.D., CAPE, Associate Professor, SUNY Cortland, Department of Physical Education.
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