What is Stimulation ?
It is an encouragement for development. Stimulation facilitates and endorses learning at every stages of life.
Babies experience their world through their senses. Stimulation for newborns are activities that arouse or stimulate the baby's sense of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Sensory stimulation can help improve a baby's attention span, memory, curiosity, and nervous system development. In addition, stimulating the senses enables the baby to reach developmental milestones faster at a rate which the baby is actually potentially capable of achieving. It also aids in the development of motor skills.
Stimulation Enhances Intelligence
The brain, sensory pathway and the nervous system need a planned and repeated sensory stimulation for their development. Repeating such sensory stimulation strengthens the internal wiring of the brain and increases the speed of brain function.
Forming Neural Connections
Stimulation helps the baby form thousands of new neural connections every second, and this develops their intelligence and co-ordination. This is more so in the first few months with the baby’s brain building its wiring system during this time. It is an intense period of brain growth and network building, a ‘once in a life- time’ phase of learning.
Increase Baby’s Capabilities
We can increase the baby’s achievement of developmental milestones in its early months and years by planned stimulation. A baby’s regular and normal intellectual and motor development happens from circumstantial sensory experiences mostly by chance. But if we provide the stimulation on purpose not by accident, we can bring up the child in a structured environment which is rich in stimulation. This helps develop sharper brains just as feeding nutritious food does to the body.