In Toddlers: Bad Behavior or Sensory?

You have probably seen a friend or two posting on Facebook with #sensory but what is sensory? Growing hands on kids defines  The Sensory Processing System as “basically comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and neurons. It is the neurological wiring by which we perceive and process sensory information coming from outside and even inside our bodies.” (Greutman, 2015) When we talk about sensory for babies, toddlers, or children we are usually talking about an activity. “A sensory activity is anything that involves the 5 senses (taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight)” (Greutman, 2015). These activities can be nearly anything as long as they involve one or more of the 5 senses. They can be messy, fun and can keep even the busiest babies attention. Where is the line between sensory and behavior?

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My one year old pictured here gets her hands on everything! The cover photo captures her with an item found in her brother’s room; it was shredded paper from a gift. My husband gets upset with her and wants to take everything away right away. But I look at it as sensory! You can see her mind working about the texture, color, sometimes taste, smell or sound. He sees bad behavior and I see sensory.

She was very into a bowl of pomegranate seeds, she ate many, she squeezed them, dropped them in the bowl to hear the sound, she took them out and lined them up, she popped them and felt the juice run down her hand. So yes it gets messy but is it a child misbehaving or learning? I say learning!

These supervised activities and more are just things that kids do but without them they could be deprived of valuable sensory.

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