encouraging sensory intelligence in all children
The Tink Things furniture line is based on encouraging sensory intelligence in all children — influencing growth, development and current mood as well as aiding concentration, memory skills and learning.
Well directed interaction with space and movement have a great influence on a child’s growth, development, concentration and learning abilities. Because each child differs in its ability to process and respond to sensory information, we are considering various sensory needs and designing products that help shape a more comfortable environment.
Cognitive and social functioning of the human brain is based on motor and sensory processing
Sensory integration is defined as a "neurological process that organizes our own senses and those of the environment, so that we can effectively use our body". (Ayres, A. Jean)
Children differ in their ability to process and respond to information within an environment while engaging in activities. One child may have difficulty sitting still during group time, while another may move little during free play outside. They react in different ways because each child integrates the information obtained through their senses from the environment differently. Most children process their daily experiences and regulate their responses with ease. But when a child is consistently having difficulty maintaining a level emotional state or engaging appropriately in activities, he may be overstimulated or understimulated.
each & Every child would benefit from a sensory intelligent environment
Sensory rich environment is usually reserved for therapeutic areas only. Common thing for most modern educational spaces & home learning areas is that they do not provide any sensorimotor situation during classes or studying. Actions by which the child is intuitively seeking them is usually interpreted as bad behavior or indifference.
Regardless of the presence of potential difficulties, every kid most likely fits in one or more neurological thresholds. They describe so-called extreme ways of interacting with the environment, and serve as direct guidelines for our design. Developed having in mind more challenging sensory needs, this kind of furniture can concurrently positively affect any child who interacts with it.
OUR CURRENT PRODUCT SERIES IS BASED ON MOST USUAL ThRESHOLD PERSONALITIES TO FIT WIDE RANGE OF CHILDREN NEEDS
Needed soothing, stimulation & better concentration are the key guidelines for the chairs, while the convenience and flexibility are the backbone of the table design. Although based on extreme sensory needs, this kind of furniture positively influence the development and the current mood of each child.
Our inclusive approach to design takes into account different sensory needs through the process of processing stimuli with the use of therapeutic principles of stimulating sensory integration. This way, the environment is equally stimulating and entertaining for all children, regardless of whether they have difficulty in sensory processing or not.
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Who is it for?
Everyone can use it, but it is primarily for children who are sensory sensitive - both active and passive in their behavioral response to environment.
What does it do?
The non-fixed fabric seat allows gentle rocking which helps with concentration, and acts calming by providing deep pressure soothing. If feeling overwhelmed, the child can pull up the „cocoon“ and partly isolate itself.
Who is it for?
What does it do?
Cufi is a worktable which, along with the MIA & IKA chairs creates a more fun sitting, learning & listening unit. Its adjustable tabletop offers shorter viewing angle needed for healthier body position during writing, drawing and reading. The panel also serves as a write & erase whiteboard, storage, a book stand or whatever you can think of.
Who is it for?
Everyone can use it, but but it is primarily for children who need a lot of stimulation, and are active or passive in their behavioral response to environment.
What does it do?
It not only allows movement, but encourages constant rocking and bouncing, which has a positive influence on learning. Its swinging soft seat is fun for all children, but primarily made for boosting concentration and memory ability with kids who need a lot of stimulation in order to function well.
"THINK OF SENSORY ENVIRONMENT AS a FOOD FOR THE BRAIN."
The problem that is secondary or invisible in childhood can represent a growing problem in child's further development, since the fine motor and mental processes can be developed based on good sensory processing only. Children with different difficulties usually manifest them in relation with their environment. For children with disabilities or those with sensory integration dysfunction, it is very important their daily surroundings meet their sensory needs. This includes the possibility of different stimulation or isolation from the stimuli within the space. "Sensorimotor stimulating environment is, however, encouraging to all, regardless of any difficulties." (Suzanne Gainsley, HighScope Early Childhood Specialist)
"Real learning is not only mental, because it represents more than just storing the data. Because the brain is informed by movement and sensory information, real learning results in highly charged sensory events. These are the moments of neural reorganization in which a person is free and ready to think in new ways. From the simple act of organizing muscles for sitting or walking, up to the more complex tasks of eyes & ears organization to hand writing — learning always involves patterns of physical activity." (Denisson, Paul E., Denisson Gail E., Brain Gym)
Sensory integration is a natural process. Sensory intelligent child intuitively meets his sensory needs through play and self-initiated, active interaction with space and objects surrounding him. A child who has difficulties only needs a subtle guidance from the adult. That is the only difference in using our sensory furniture.
Model of Sensory Processing (adapted from Winnie Dunn)
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