What is Multisensory Learning?
Our senses act as pathways to the brain. When the brain receives information from different senses at the same time it naturally integrates that information to form a clear mental picture. This process is called multisensory learning.
Why Teach Using a Multisensory Approach?
When material is presented in a way that engages multiple senses, the information becomes richer and those learning it become more motivated to participate actively in the learning. Multisensory teaching provides more ways for understanding new information, more ways to remember it and more ways to recall it. The four main modalities for multisensory instruction are:
- visual- through the sense of sight
- auditory – through the sense of hearing
- tactile – through the sense of touch
- kinesthetic – through body movement
Multisensory Lessons are Good for All!
Multisensory lessons are so impactful because they target the preferred learning styles of all students at once. Additionally, processing information received through multisensory pathways is more natural and comprehensive than unisensory processing and this leads to better learning outcomes for all. Multisensory lessons can be particularly helpful for kids with learning and attention issues as these students tend to struggle with visual or auditory processing making it harder for them to grasp information through traditional methods. Engaging multiple senses gives these children more ways to connect with what they’re learning.