All learning occurs through the senses and the demonstration of that learning is shown through the motor system. Being able to accept input from visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory and olfactory systems is vital to the movement of the proprioceptive 2 and vestibular system. JOURNEY Camp experiences will enhance your child’s sense of smell, touch, hearing, taste and sight, as well as support walking, running, balance, and movement in large and small ways. All areas of the sensory system will be touched with the experiences provided during the week.
Some children experience the world around them in ways that feel "TOO much!"—too much noise, too much light, too much movement. In a state of sensory overload, these children may try to avoid or minimize sensations, e.g., withdraw from being touched, or cover their ears to avoid loud sounds. Other children may “under-react” to sensory stimuli and appear withdrawn, uninterested, or self-absorbed. Children want to be good and live up to the expectations that adults have for them, but when a child’s response is inappropriate to the context of their surroundings, those responses are often misinterpreted as bad behavior, lack of motivation, attention seeking or hyperactivity.
A child’s job is to learn to be joyful, to embrace relationships with family and friends and to play well with others. Unfortunately, this can feel like an impossible task for children with sensory needs. Through play and safe exploration, we teach children ways to regulate all that's happening in the world around them, thus empowering their world within. We will encourage growth and development towards their purpose of walking on the earth as happy children.