Sensory Stimulation Theory
Traditional sensory stimulation theory has as its basic premise that effective learning occurs when the senses are stimulated (Laird, 1985).
Laird quotes research that found that the vast majority of knowledge held by adults (75%) is learned through seeing.
Hearing is the next most effective (about 13%) and the other senses - touch, smell and taste account for 12% of what we know.
By stimulating the senses, especially the visual sense, learning can be enhanced.
However, this theory says that if multi-senses are stimulated, greater learning takes place.
Stimulation through the senses is achieved through a greater variety of colours, volume levels, strong statements, facts presented visually, use of a variety of techniques and media.
Why use art to stimulate the senses?
People may experience deficits in one or several sensory areas; the most often observed is visual processing, auditory processing, and “tactile defensiveness” (an aversion to certain textures and touching). Creating art with an experienced provider can often break through these issues in a fun and non-threatening way; enabling the people to experience new and creative expression.
Sensory art sessions allow people to have the opportunity to respond to the process of making and exploring using a wide variety of materials. Sponge Tree encourage the use of natural materials with in our sensory art sessions and training.
Sponge Tree can provide sensory art workshops at your children's centres, nurseries, pre schools, schools, colleges, nursing homes, hospitals, community centres, care homes and organisations.
Please contact us for more information