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What is multi-sensory learning?

Multi-sensory learning is an approach to education that incorporates multiple senses into the

Multi-sensory learning is an approach to education that incorporates multiple senses into the

learning process. It is based on the idea that individuals learn better when they are able to engage multiple senses in the learning process. This approach has been particularly helpful for dyslexic learners, who often struggle with traditional methods of instruction.

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects a person's ability to read, write, and spell. It is estimated that between 10% and 20% of the population has dyslexia. Dyslexic learners often have difficulty with phonemic awareness, or the ability to hear and manipulate individual sounds in words. They may also have difficulty with working memory and processing speed. These difficulties can make it challenging for dyslexic learners to master reading and writing skills.

Multi-sensory learning is particularly effective for dyslexic learners because it engages multiple senses, including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. For example, a multi-sensory lesson on phonics might involve the student seeing a letter, saying its sound, and then writing it in the air with their finger. This approach allows dyslexic learners to engage with the material in a way that makes sense to them, and helps them to remember and apply what they have learned.

Multi-sensory learning can also be tailored to meet the specific needs of individual learners. For example, some dyslexic learners may benefit from using colored overlays to reduce visual stress while reading. Others may benefit from using a multi-sensory approach to learning math concepts, such as using manipulatives or drawing diagrams to help visualize problems.

In conclusion, multi-sensory learning is a powerful tool for helping dyslexic learners to master reading, writing, and other academic skills. By engaging multiple senses in the learning process, dyslexic learners are able to better understand and apply what they have learned, and ultimately, achieve greater academic success.

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