Recognising cause and effect is a cognitive skill which usually starts developing when babies are very young. Children soon learn that actions such as crying can result in outcomes that can include being picked up, rocked, fed etc.
Understanding what happens, or what can happen, as a result of an action instigated by themselves plays a key role in learning development and helps children in a number of ways as they get older.
Cause and effect is also vital in teaching children and youngsters how to stay safe. A number of potential hazards can be avoided if children understand the potential consequences of certain types of behaviour.
For example, children are taught that if they touch an oven which is switched on it is highly likely they will hurt themselves. And if they shut a door with their hand in the doorframe, again that will hurt.
This concept can be taught using a variety of simple props including the On/Off Switch from TFH. Pressing the green side turns the device the switch is wired to on, whilst the red button switches it off.
This latching switch can be wired to a wide range of mains powered sensory toys, but is not suitable for use with Bubble Columns.
The On/Off switch also provides proprioceptive input for children with sensory processing disorders by teaching that a specific amount of force is needed to achieve the desired result.