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Multisensory Integration Across All Subjects For Better Learning

Do you feel more knowledgeable about multisensory instruction now that you’ve completed the tutorial?

If you feel like you’ve missed something, it might help to explore links out of the tutorial. You may want to go back to pages of interest and check out specific aids for different curricula. You may find it helpful to check out multisensory integration teaching resources for math, science, social studies, etc.

If you’d like more multisensory integration information, you might find this book of use. It’s particularly helpful if you are teaching a child who has reading difficulties: A Teacher’s Guide to Multisensory Learning: Improving Literacy by Engaging the Senses.

To find great manipulatives or science kits for multisensory integration, I recommend Home Science Tools. This company provides science supplies, articles, experiment ideas, science kits, microscopes, homeschool curriculum, and everything else you need to make science a hands-on, multisensory adventure.

We use Home Science Tools for our hands-on science supplies and have found their prices very reasonable. Because they cater specifically to homeschool families, they provide materials in smaller quantities that meet our needs.

Delta Education is another provider of materials for individuals, as well as large, expensive classroom kits. Delta provides manipulatives for Math and Science. They also provide visually rich books about scientific topics at different grade levels. If you look closely, you should be able to find the single set of materials, a single copy of the book, and a single copy of the exploratory CD-Rom for most products.

Academic Software is great and you can find a lot of programs specifically geared towards the education market. Using computer programs is a great way to provide multisensory integration for learners who love audio-visual learning activities.

You can get Science, History, and other Non-Fiction audiobooks too.  Both audiobooks and academic software are great for audio visual learners.

Summary of Multisensory Integration for Effective Learning

If you can use multisensory teaching with a variety of learning activities into your child’s lessons, you’re likely to have a better educational outcome. Your child will be more engaged. Learning will be more fun. And the multisensory integration means your child will learn more effectively.

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Now that you’ve been through the tutorial and learned about the multisensory teaching approach including:

  • What multisensory teaching is.
  • Research supporting the use of a multisensory teaching approach .
  • How to teach in a multisensory manner.,
  • About auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and tactile learning styles.
  • How to find out your child’s learning style.
  • About Environmental, Emotional, Physiological, Psychological, and Sociological learning preferences.
  • How to create and adapt lessons to a multisensory teaching approach .
  • And You’ve been given lists of ideas for multisensory teaching.

You are armed with training and ready to explore using the multisensory teaching approach with your child! As you know by now, the multisensory teaching approach is proven by research to be effective for teaching kids. The multisensory teaching approach is sometimes the ONLY way to effectively teach kids with learning disabilities.

Multisensory teaching is particularly effective for kids with dyslexia or reading disabilities that keep them from learning through books and words.

The multisensory teaching approach is also MUCH more engaging for kids with ADHD. To put it simply, hands-on, visual, and verbal learning is fun for most kids!

Information on additional resources is provided after the next page of this multisensory teaching approach tutorial. The listed resources are places that will make it easier for you to find multisensory teaching materials when you get into lesson planning.

Be SURE to use the site’s navigation menu or table of contents to check out the sections about effective curriculum to use for teaching kids with learning disabilities. I have pages of multisensory programs for reading, writing, and math. Choosing ready-made multisensory programs can make your teaching more effective and learning easier.

In addition, you may want to check out assistive technology for reading, writing and math. Assistive Technology adds another dimension to your child’s learning which can help keep your child on grade level.

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Use One or More Types of Learning Styles to Identify Your Child’s Learning Needs

The most common learning styles model is the Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Tactile model, or VAKT Learning Styles model. Other learning styles models explore additional learner preferences or dimensions. These other Types of Learning Styles can be valuable for refining your teaching skills and optimizing your child’s learning.

Other Types of Learning Styles : The Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Inventory

The Dunn and Dunn learning styles inventory considers a person’s environmental, emotional, physiological, psychological, and social preferences. The Dunn and Dunn Types of Learning Styles are excellent for considering a variety of your child’s learning needs.

The Dunn and Dunn learning styles inventory is very inexpensive and it will help you provide an ideal learning environment for your child. Your child’s learning preferences can make the difference between a functional or non-functional learning environment. This is especially true if your child has sensory integration difficulties.

To learn more about the Dunn and Dunn Types of Learning Styles, visit our page that has another level of detail in the graphics. You can find their learning styles inventory test at the website.

Other Types of Learning Styles : Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory

Another widely accepted learning styles model is the “Multiple Intelligences” model.

Types of Learning Styles

It was created by Howard Gardner and classifies learners by their strengths in nine Types of Learning Styles :

  • Linguistic Intelligence.
  • Logical/Mathematical Intelligence.
  • Musical Rhythmic Intelligence.
  • Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence.
  • Spatial Intelligence.
  • Naturalist Intelligence.
  • Intrapersonal Intelligence.
  • Interpersonal Intelligence.
  • Existential Intelligence.

There is a graphic that illustrates the different types of learning styles in Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence model on my Multiple Intelligence page. There are also resource links there for determining your child’s Multiple Intelligences.

Other Types of Learning Styles : The Learning Abled Kids’ Learning Styles Reference Page

Because there are several other pages on this website that discuss various learning styles, provide resources, and lists of activities, I won’t repeat them here. However, for your easy reference, I thought I’d include a link to the Learning Styles Index page with direct links to most of the other pages. You can find the Learning Styles Index Page here:

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