Why is tactile play so important for a child with a vision impairment?
Tactile sensory play means exploring through touch. The skin is alive with sensors that are busily providing information about light touch, deep pressure touch, temperature, and pain. Nerves under the skin receive sensory input and send signals to the brain through the central nervous system. As you can imagine, promoting activities which develop learning through touch is very important for a child with a visual impairment.
There are so many educational and development benefits from playing with tactile toys or engaging in tactile sensory play. You will be helping your child to stimulate their senses, build nerve connections, grow their language, find out more about how they discover the world and encourage them to become curious learners.
For a child with a vision impairment, tactile play helps them to correctly regulate the levels of defensiveness/seeking when it comes to the tactile system. By playing, you will start to get to know your child’s sensory preferences and be able to introduce activities that support them.
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