Aug 012013

Multisensory Teaching Definition

Multi = mul·ti-, – [prefix] “more than one”, (

Sensory = sen·so·ry, [adj] “Involving or derived from the senses”, (

Multisensory = mul·ti·sen·so·ry – [adj] “Relating to or involving several bodily senses”, (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition).

Multisensory teaching combines learning through each of the senses while teaching students:

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, so let’s explore each of the primary learning styles in more depth to enable you to teach your child better..

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