What’s driving us?
Sensory rich spaces work as a food for the brain, as real learning always involves patterns of physical activity
We have this idea that kids’ spaces should feel completely different than they do. Children grow and learn by interacting with their surroundings. The way they filter and react to stimuli impacts just about everything else. It's amazing to see the change and progress you can make simply by understanding children's sensory needs and putting them first. So we did.
Physical movement and good sensory integration are crucial for development, learning and well being
From the earliest childhood, throughout growing up and adulthood - physical movement and good sensory integration are crucial for development, learning and well being. Accompanied with positive emotional environment, movement plays a very important role in creating a nerve cell network that is the fundamental basis of learning.
Kids are sensory intelligent when they’re effectively filtering and processing internal and external stimuli. Sensory integration entails a whole spectrum of processes that serve as building blocks for growth, development and overall learning.
All kids are different
Children’s interaction with their environment is directly connected to their growth & learning.
Kids differ in their ability to process and respond to sensory stimuli within an environment while engaging in activities. They react in different ways because each child integrates the information obtained through their senses from the environment differently.
fidgeting is great
Why should sitting have to be boring?
Sensory intelligence is encouraged by sensory rich environments that are designed based on understanding children’s neurological thresholds & their behavioral responses. Those kind of spaces are dynamic and fun, but also work as a food for the brain. They help with emotional regulation and aid concentration & memory skills, as real learning always involves patterns of physical activity. (Stacy D. Thompson and Jill M. Raisor)
Getting squirming, distractible children to sit still and pay attention is rarely easy, and there’s a good reason for that. Kids’ developing brains have a lot to process, and on top of that, they’re all completely different. Stimuli like light, sound, touch, and the movement of their own bodies affect the way they’re thinking and feeling, and they’re still learning how to make sense of all that input. While we as adults have tried to suppress these natural instincts in the past, it turns out that giving kids more freedom to fidget and withdraw actually helps them concentrate & feel better, especially when learning difficulties or disabilities like autism factor into the equation. (Dornob Design about Tink Things)