What is the definition of “Multisensory Teaching”?
Let’s touch on the actual definition briefly, then teach you how to use multisensory teaching methods while teaching your child(ren).
As a literal definition, Multi-sensory is divided into two components
Multi, meaning “more than one”, and Sensory which “Involves or is derived from the senses.”
Thus, Multisensory “Relates to or involves more than one of the bodily senses at a time.”
Multisensory teaching involves instructing your child simultaneously through each of these senses:
- auditory (hearing and speaking),
- visual (seeing and perceiving),
- kinesthetic / tactile (touch, movement, and doing).
SO, how do you actually teach using multisensory methods?
Lessons taught using multisensory instruction methods use two or more of these modalities simultaneously to teach information to a child or to allow a child to express what he has learned.
When teachers teach in two or more ways, and students can express their responses in a variety of ways, the instruction becomes engaging and dynamic.
Multisensory instruction is ideal for teaching towards any learning style, but provides the best outcomes for an individual learner when the instruction incorporates learning activities suited to the child’s best learning channels.
“Albert Einstein said, ‘Learning is experiencing. Everything else is just information.’ His insight suggests that we must experience our learning by using our complex sensory systems. Our species has an innate need to see, touch, taste, feel, and hear the features of any new object in order to understand it better,” (Wesson, 2002).
Thus, using senses for learning just makes sense!
Each learning style has unique characteristics and needs, and your child has unique learning needs!
Explore each of the learning styles in more depth in the upcoming pages so you will learn how to design your own multisensory lesson. Navigate by pressing “Forward” throughout this tutorial!
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