Winter Session January 2, 2020 -April 1, 2020
During the first 3 years, your child's brain grows at an exponential rate. With every new sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, your baby is creating healthy brain connections. Kindersense classes combine sensory stimulation and social activities that aide in the bonding process that you and your baby can enjoy together.
My name is Alissa and I am the owner and facilitator of Kindersense. I hold a master's degree in Inclusive Early Childhood/Special Education and have been working in the early childhood field since 2007.
I am a wife to Russell, a mother to Abigail and Eli, and a sensory play advocate!
My intention behind creating this class was two-fold. First, as an educator, I am aware of how beneficial sensory play is from a very young age.
Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.
This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem-solving skills.
Secondly, as a mother, I look back fondly on my time in parent/child classes. I owe my sanity to the lifelong friends I made in these classes. As a mom that did not immediately bond with my newborn, having the opportunity to work through those emotions with like-minded peers helped tremendously to avoid feeling isolated and unhappy. I didn't know it at the time but being a part of these groups may have helped stave away Postpartum Depression.
A study published by the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry shows that talking about your feelings with others can help shift your mood. Researchers discovered that new mothers had lower levels of depression after regularly speaking with experienced mothers who had previously experienced PPD.
Combining my passion for sensory play and being lucky enough to experience the beauty of finding my parenting village, Kindersense was born. I hope that I can help educate parents about child development in a social judgment-free environment.
Hope to meet you soon!