What is a science-based sensory program for infants?
At birth a newborn baby is functionally blind, deaf and insensate. These sensory pathways grow and develop based upon stimulation. The sensory pathways grow when appropriate visual, auditory and tactile stimulation is given with the proper frequency, intensity and duration. This is a science-based sensory program. As an example, the newborn baby usually has a less than perfect light reflex. The light reflex is seen when the baby is exposed to light and the pupil constricts in response to that light. The sooner this reflex matures and becomes consistent the sooner that baby will develop the ability to see outline and then detail. Both of these abilities allow the baby to see mother’s face and begin to make sense of the visual world. In most babies this reflex is stimulated by accident whenever the baby is taken from darkness to light. But mother can arrange for that accident to happen with greater frequency and intensity so that the visual pathway grows more quickly in response to the e