Over-stimulation happens when the child is not allowed to follow his own pace, when we do not respect his needs, his rest intervals. The result is an overload of stimuli that can be detrimental to your development.
To better understand how bad it is to overwhelm your child or student with information, imagine a device like a cell phone. What happens if you overload it with files like photos, audios and videos? Certainly you thought that it is slow or that it starts to give some problems, especially of storage. Well, the same is true of people, especially children, who still do not know how to deal with overload.
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Parents often want the child to develop new skills, which end up bringing countless activities into their lives: another language, sports, music, dance, outside the phono, the therapist and other professionals who may end up being part of the child’s life for other needs. The possibilities are endless! And there are those who think that it is a favor for the child to do so many activities, besides school, of course.
Each child will have their own limit. There is, however, a line that separates stimulation from over-stimulation and it is not always clear to parents. Here are some indicators that can help you see if your child is beyond his or her own limit:
– Rest breaks between activities are not allowed and the child has difficulty relaxing or even sleeping.
– It is clear that the child remains out of obligation in a given activity, without showing signs of dedication or commitment.
– Refuses games that can stimulate you in learning. He is so overburdened that he refuses to engage in more thought-provoking activities.
– Difficulty paying attention or concentrating.
Over-stimulation overloads the child’s brain and this is worrying, because it is in childhood that neurological and biological roots are formed that will determine the functioning of the adult.
When we do not stimulate the child properly, he will have difficulty in forming connections between neurons, but on the other hand, when we overload him there are many connections, many paths for neurons and the mind may have difficulty in knowing which to follow. Overload will make it difficult for the child to perform some tasks and activities, especially those directly related to learning.
There are ways to avoid over-stimulation. Here are some tips:
- Allow yourself to follow the rhythm: notice the child’s rhythm and allow him to follow him in a healthy way for his development.
- Avoid too many stimuli together: watch out for television, cell phones and video games. They can provide an explosion of stimuli that impair functions such as attention and concentration.
- Meet the child: one person is different from the other. It is necessary to know the needs of children in order to be able to assess what they need and what they can handle. Balancing activities with personal ability is essential.
- Play with stimuli: if children are happy to do extra-curricular activities, it will be more difficult to have a breakdown. Fun should be part of the child’s life.
- Limit the amount of information and stimuli: a lot of information that is not accessible for certain ages is exactly because they are not prepared to receive it. Learning a musical instrument, for example, is recommended from the age of six or seven. Before that, the appropriate class is musicalization, because the child will have musical contact, exploring different instruments and their own skills. To play just one you need to have some school skills such as literacy and math, which will be part of music lessons.
Education specialist, Janaína Spolidorio has a degree in Literature, with a postgraduate degree in phonological awareness and technologies applied to education and an MBA in Digital Marketing. She has been working in the educational segment for more than 20 years and currently develops digital teaching materials that complement the teaching of teachers in the classroom, providing better learning on the part of students and acts as a digital influencer in the training of professionals linked to the area of education.