CRITICAL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SENSE OF VISION
Between the ages of four to eight months there is a growth spurt and an explosion in the faculty of vision of the baby. This is the critical window of opportunity for the sense of vision.
CRITICAL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SENSE OF HEARING
Between four to eight months of age, auditory cells are developing at a very rapid rate, and this is a period of high receptivity for sounds. This period of enhanced receptivity will last till about ten months of age.
This is therefore the critical window for auditory stimulation, and one should make good use of this time by playing music, talking to the baby, and engaging in other means of auditory stimulation.
CRITICAL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF
The critical period of hearing also coincides with the critical window for the development of Language.
This critical window for the acquisition of language is very important for the development of vocabulary and eventual language skills. This is the period when the child registers the phonemes (sounds of words) in the brain.
CRITICAL WINDOW OF MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
For the first three to four months, the newborn is totally dependent on the caregiver as he is unable to move around on his own. By the fifth or sixth month the child starts to make purposeful movements. Motor coordination and muscle strength gets better. This period signifies the beginning of the critical window for motor development.
A major change takes place in the life of the little one at this time. He will soon become a great explorer of the world around him. It is very important to provide the child with as much motor stimulation as possible during this time.
It is important to understand the need for the stimulation of all the vital senses at the right time, and take full advantage of all the Critical Windows of Opportunities.
Intelligent stimulation in the first few years can lead to a substantial increase in IQ and EQ level of your baby. Such children will always do well in later life due to an early head start.
Most infant educators believe that all babies are born “Super Intelligent”. The first few years of life are the most crucial years, and have a direct reflection on the intelligence and development of a child. Experiences in early infancy can have an everlasting impression on the emotional makeup and behavior of an individual.
Poor stimulation in the early years of life can lead to irreversible damage to intelligence. The importance of early stimulation can be rightly summed up in one sentence: “Catch them early, and catch them fresh.”
Let us put our hands together in fulfilling our duties and our moral obligations toward our children, and be proud parents and caregivers.
"Every Second is Important, And Every Second Counts"