The product is a game of associations for people with dementia – it stimulates more senses and conversation. The product enables texture sensation and image linking with associated textures. It encourages players to join new associations or text players simply touch, identify, and talk about them. The activity is intended for cognitive stimulation, which is very useful for people with dementia. It can also be used only as a simple type product that stimulates sensory people with an advanced level of dementia.
Activity is appropriate:
- for people with mild to moderate dementia
- as activity in pairs
- Preserves and strengthens fine-tuning skills
- Strengthens and preserves touch sensory sensations
- Strengthens tactile attention and concentration
- Strengthens and maintains brain plasticity
- Preserves and strengthens the sense of personal ability and competence
- Entertainment and entertainment activity that promotes communication
This sensory game is a fun activity that encourages us to focus our attention on tip sensations, while also enhancing fine-tuning skills, concentration and maintaining brain plasticity.
While we close the eyes, we identify the textures with our finger tips- on which we have more than 3000 sensory receptors. This way, we simultaneously activate short-term and working memory, while naming materials as well as semantic memory.
The use of type activities can have several positive effects. If we close our eyes and focus only on the sounds in the environment, we can detect the smallest forests. Similarly happens when we perform tip activity.
Our brain focuses better on the touch when the eyes are closed. Sensory receptors on the fingertips are associated with different parts of the brain, and environmental information passes through the sensory pathway to the central nervous system, where it spreads through neurons through sensory receptors.
Neuroplasticity is the important part of sensory perception as sensory stimulation influences changes in the brain through the neural pathway. When we perform a new activity, the activation of two neurons between them creates a connection, creates new neural connections.
- New sensory neural connections can be created with sensory training. These processes are dynamic, the more we conduct some training and establish neural connections through the sensory paths, the more they will be used and developed, strengthened and at the same time become more sophisticated or sensitive, and we will perform the exercises and tasks more and more precisely.
- Typical information also travels to the motor domain of the brain and connects to our motor motions. Motor skills are related to the movement of the whole body. Each movement has a certain power, speed, softness, is more or less coherent and precise in the execution of movements. Motorcycles are connected both with the language and the linguistic area, with memory as well as with spatial orientation.
- Moving tiles to a suitable place also strengthens the motor skills, which also involves the different parts of the brain. When we move our fingers, we activate the somatosensory and motor cortex, which are responsible for the basic movements and the adjustment of the direction of motion.
- We use complex movements, conscious control and co-ordination of movements, and we also activate our experience, knowledge and memory, and visual representations of the object or form that we recognize with the type. Such complex recognition activates the area of the prefrontal (motion planning), temporal (conscious movements) and parietal (sensory and coordination of movements) the area of the brain, the limbic system and the hippocampus (memory, naming, classifying the subject, the visage performances, etc.).
- Because sensory receptors are associated with different parts of the brain, touch exercises are all the more desirable to strengthen or maintain brain plasticity, as abilities are also transmitted to other areas. These anatomical and physiological changes in neuroplasticity occur throughout their lives, regardless of their age. Therefore, sensory training is important for maintaining our vitality and the resilience of the brain throughout our lives.
- At the same time, the type of exercises maintain concentration and increase attention. Tactile attention is associated with this, or we know with the type of different materials, sharp and dumb objects, the pressure of one or two points on a certain part of the body, roughness, humidity, smoothness, etc.
- Tactile misfunctions can occur with the damage to the right brain hemisphere. A person with such a malfunction is more likely to perceive the touch on the left side of the body. When we perform the classroom exercises, it is right that we are paying attention to such problems.
If we play the game as a social activity, we strengthen and preserve communication skills, social competences and promote positive self-image and sense of competence. The game can also be played as a preventive activity.
For each activity, it has positive effects only when it is not too easy for the person and not too demanding, so it is important to select the appropriate complexity of the activity.
The principle of three keys applies to success:
- Frequency: Activity should be performed sufficiently frequently (recommended 2-3 times a week).
- Duration: more repetitions are needed over a longer period of time (2-3 months).
- Intensity: Intensively enough means that we take an active part in the activity and insist on it for a while (15, 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the individual's ability).
Dimensions: 36cm x 15cm x 4cm
Materials: 6 Mixed Tactile Tiles
Manufacturer: Active Minds