Using Perceptual Thinking to Help Children and Learn in an Optimal Manner
By Andrew Loh
In the last article about "Perceptual
Thinking", we learnt how children use the power of perception
to create learning patterns that eventually helps them streamline
learning process. We also learnt about three different channels to
facilitate effective learning. However, children should deploy all these
three channels either concurrently or as stand-alone to boost learning
process. Three specific learning channels occur as soon as children
perceive that there is something to learn.
First, when children perceive something, tiny bits of data starts pouring inside the brain
sectors. Children must absorb these tiny bits of information and
remember them just long enough in a subconscious channel. Now, the child
will need to make out the area where it can fit inside the brain and in
what manner he or she can fit it with information pool which he or she
already know that it exists in their mind. In other words, the flow of
information will occur from a conscious channel and to subconscious
channel and later in a back and forth manner. This flow and exchange of
information between these two channels will help children to make it as
a part of life. Now, children will be able to see at a detailed image
for further processing.
However, the most critical aspects of
these flows of information is the manner in which the channels work and
in what way children's brain work to move around these three channels.
What exactly stimulates children's mind to kick start learning? What
exactly stimulates these three states of mind and which type of trigger
children need to sharpen the entire learning process.
In life, children use three types of triggers or stimuli to activate each brain
channel. These three stimuli are as follows:
Bodily or kinesthetic stimulus: This relates to bodily or motor awareness. In
other words, children use bodily and physical movements to learn something.
Visual or eye stimulus: Everything that relates to
visuals, images, pictures, and words play an important role in learning.
Auditory or hearing stimulus: Verbal instruction, oral orders,
songs, syllables, sounds and other similar stimuli play an active role
in perceiving flow of information.
According to Dr. Jones S. G (please refer to this
treatise), every child creates its own Sensory Perceptual Strategy
program to communicate between different learning channels within the
brain. These techniques depend on communicator's perception styles and
they are segregated as primary, secondary and tertiary means.
A child could be a Visual-auditory-kinesthetic (VAK) in nature or he or
she could belong to any one of the six strategies although there are
innumerable combinations that define a learning strategy. These three
perceptual thinking strategies are:
Let us now reveal how these different perceptual thinking strategies
work in life. Each one of these strategies relate to all three stimuli
in a specific order. Lets us assume that your child belong to AKV
category. Here her perception pattern is triggered or catalyzed by the
Conscious channel is triggered by auditory mode,
Subconscious by kinesthetic and
Unconscious by verbal mode
In the example given above, parents may need to
follow the method given below to boost learning:
Listening to some sound syllables like music or stories would guide the child to his
or her conscious channel, some physical movements or exercise would lead
to the entry of subconscious state and verbal instructions or orders
would finally drive the child to unconscious state of the mind.
Likewise, all other five types work in a similar fashion. If you are
careful in deploying them in your children, you can facilitate better
learning and understanding of lessons and projects.
Here are some simple tips to empower your children's perceptual thinking:
1) If your children are visually strong and perceive visual signals better,
then you may need to provide them enough stimuli to catalyze learning
abilities. They are more experts in storing information in their
conscious area of the brain. In a subconscious level, they can fiddle
with available visual data and create long lasting perspectives of
learning in an enhanced manner.
2) If your children are strong
in learning through bodily and physical movements, then you may need to
allow them to absorb data and information by activities that relate to
exercises, sports and physical movements (like tapping feet while
learning). Such learners are mentally very strong in creating two
perspectives in one go - bodily movements and absorption of data and
3) If your children perceive things and events in
verbal manner, it means that they are experts on analyzing information
those are generated through sounds and syllables, songs and rhymes.
Learning by talking and listening comes easy to them and their
perceptions of sound is far superior that eventually results in
You may want to know how you can identify the basic perceptual pattern that
your children use to gather information around them. Some children are extremely active and agile,
and such children do not remain in one place because they get distracted
by sitting in one place. For such children, you may need to use a
combination of perceptual thinking strategies (K-V-A
Kinesthetic-Visual-Auditory and K-A-V Kinesthetic-Auditory-Visual) to
foster effective learning. Similarly, you may want to use other
strategies to identify your auditory and visual children.