Sunday, 24 August 2008
Here's a pic of Charlie in the sensory room at the local Surestart centre. It's quite a mind-blowing experience - colour, sound and texture ever-changing; everything demanding your immediate attention and yet nothing doing so for long enough for anyone to get bored. It's remarkable, and the neuro-science behind it seems to have all the empirical justification you'd expect for the government to shell out money to provide it. But I bet that baby Einstein (Albert, that is) didn’t have such stimulation; Newton probably made do with a simple whip and top, if that. So what exactly are the Surestart babies being stimulated for? Somebody suggested it was training for when our little darlings started clubbing; or perhaps the flashing lights and colours are simply what are needed for the neurons to adapt to children’s telly. Either way, each time the entertainment/stimulation bar is lifted, you can guarantee that other forms of ‘entertainment’ (school included) will be forced to up their own performance. And yet Charlie can amuse himself for ages with an empty tissue-box complete with an elastic band! Just don't tell the DCFS.