We learn by using our senses to explore the world around us. For example, a young child learns what an orange is by feeling its shape and texture, looking at its color, smelling it, and tasting it. Therefore, we believe all the senses should be included in the process of learning how to form letters correctly. Paw Prints achieves this through our multisensory activities.
The following senses are described in Paw Prints:
- Tactile (touch)
- Proprioception (position of muscles and joints)
- Vestibular (movement)
- Visual (vision)
- Auditory (hearing)
- Gustatory (taste)/ Olfactory (smell)
We take the time to define each sense, and explain how it affects our ability to learn, specifically handwriting techniques. How do our senses affect the learning process you may ask?
For example, gluing cheerios on a letter “O” and then running your finger over it sends signals to the brain to reinforce learning the shape of the letter “O”.
Participating in the daily activities in our Paw Prints curriculum can also assist in the learning process for children with sensory processing dysfunction. Therefore the chapters also discuss how sensory processing dysfunction affects a child’s behavior and ability to learn within the classroom setting.