Orlando, FL (PRWEB) March 24, 2007
Babies can now build sensory smarts on the belly with a new tummy time mat designed for touchy, feely fun and sensory integration. Wee Exercise, an infant development products company, has created a new multi-textured play mat that rolls tummy time and sensory stimulation into one developmental play toy.
"In just 15 minutes a day, parents can foster a happier, healthier, smarter baby with tummy time and sensory stimulation," says Margaret Barnes, a licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist who works with children who have sensory integration issues. Barnes and Karen LeBlanc, both mothers, are the creators of the successful infant motor skills video series, Wee Exercise.
Integration of the senses is the ability of a child to organize all the feedback received from the five senses that at the beginning of life synaptic ally fire from different spots. Research shows that sensory integration improves a child's ability to concentrate, learn, think abstractly as well as his or her motor skills and self esteem.
"I truly believe the rise in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is due to a lack of sensory motor stimulation and integration. Kids that are on the go all the time miss out on that crucial foundation of getting all of those senses integrated,' says Barnes.
In an effort to maximize the doctor recommended daily dose of tummy time, Barnes and LeBlanc developed the Smart Sense Mat, which can be used along with the Wee Exercise Tummy Time Roll. For babies who prefer tummy time while propped up rather than flat on their stomachs, the Smart Sense Mat has an attached sleeve on the mat that holds the Tummy Time Roll. The mat has seven different textured panels and brightly colored pull-tabs to keep baby entertained and engage the senses while on the tummy.
"We encourage caregivers to use the Smart Sense Mat to interact with baby by naming the various sensations of the touch panels to help baby identify and organize tactile information," says Barnes. The Smart Sense Mat is the newest addition to the Wee Exercise product line, which promotes motor skills through fun developmental exercises and activities.
"The Smart Sense Mat can enrich infant stimulation as another fun developmental toy that promotes active, engaged babies and ultimately better learners in childhood, "says Barnes.
For more information, consult the Wee Exercise website at http://www.weeexercise.com or contact Margaret Barnes at 985-580-1749 or margaret(at)weeexercise.com who is available for media interviews.