We’ve started learning about the human body this month for our tot-school and I’m pretty darn excited for all the activities we’ll get to do! After reading a book about the brain, my mom decided to challenge Loopy’s stereognosis.
StereoWHAT??? Yeah, I didn’t know either.
It’s the brain’s ability to identify an object without seeing or hearing it. Sounds like a fun game for any kiddo, but for Loopy who has Sensory Processing Disorder, it’s a much needed exercise.
The game takes only a minute or two to prepare. Gather up some small objects, you can make them simple or hard depending on skill level. Here’s what we used… SPOILER ALERT!
The first version of the tactile sensory game is to place one object inside a container and have the child identify what they feel. We used our reusable T-shirt bags since it could wrap around his arms and squelch the temptation to cheat. This was also a great language building and problem solving exercise as we asked questions, having Loopy describe what he felt while making logical deductions.
The second version of the sensory game was to put multiple items in the bag and ask Loopy to find the new object that hadn’t been a part of the game yet. This was more of a memory challenge since he had to keep 5-6 objects straight in his head without looking at them.
I was really impressed with how well Loopy did! Because of his Sensory Processing Disorder, he struggles with body awareness and doing anything without visual input. But he rose to the challenge and had a smile on his face the whole time he played our little sensory game!
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It’s nearly impossible to find experienced people on this topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!