Multisensory Learning : What is the definition of “Multisensory Teaching”?
If your child has learning disabilities, multisensory learning is likely to help your child learn better than paper, pencil, and lecture-based learning. Multisensory teaching methods are PROVEN to create better learning outcomes for Learning Abled Kids. In fact, it helps all kids learn better.
If you’re interested in becoming the best teacher you can be for your child, you’ll find it helpful to understand multisensory teaching. Since multisensory learning is PROVEN to help kids with learning disabilities, you can help your child by using it. It may sound hard, but it’s really easy to teach this way once you understand it.
As a literal definition, multisensory, comes from two pieces. The two pieces are “multi” and “sensory.”
“Multi” means “more than one.”
“Sensory” “involves or is derived from the senses.”
That means Multisensory “involves more than one of the bodily senses at a time.”
Multisensory learning involves teaching your child through each of the senses at the same time.
- Auditory (hearing and speaking).
- Visual (seeing and perceiving).
- Kinesthetic / Tactile (touch, movement, and doing).
How do you teach using multisensory teaching methods?
Lessons taught using multisensory teaching methods use two or more of the teaching modes simultaneously to teach your child. You can use several ways to teach information to your child. You can also allow your child to express what he has learned in a variety of ways.
When teachers teach in two or more ways, their teaching becomes more interesting to the kids. When students can express their learning in a variety of ways, they can choose their best skills to show what they know. This is multisensory learning and teaching at its best!
Multisensory teaching is ideal for kids of any learning style. Multisensory learning gives the best learning progress when teaching includes activities that use your child’s strongest learning style(s). This is one reason kids who are homeschooled learn at a faster rate than kids in traditional school. They benefit from MORE multisensory learning that is geared to their own needs.
“Albert Einstein said, ‘Learning is experiencing. Everything else is just information.'” We must use our senses while we’re teaching and learning. We have a need to see, touch, taste, feel, and hear the things around us. We use our senses to study the new objects so we can understand them better. (Wesson, 2002, paraphrased).
Using your child’s senses for multisensory learning just makes sense!
Each learning style has unique learning strengths and needs. Your child has his own unique learning needs! Figure out your child’s learning style. Then you can teach your child better!
If you want to learn more about the proven nature of multisensory learning, the “Benefits of Multisensory Learning” study is worth reading.
Explore each of the learning styles in the upcoming pages. They will teach you how to make your child’s lessons into multisensory learning lessons. Press the “Forward” button to move ahead in this tutorial!
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