Everyone has unique education needs and goals, which means that a rigid, one-size-fits-all approach is unsuitable in many situations. This is especially relevant to consider when it comes to learning disorders and difficulties.
One popular, evolving, and evidence-based approach is that of multisensory teaching, which involves a wide and inclusive range of strategies for learners of all ages.
Research now indicates that the human brain has the ability to change and heal due to neuroplasticity. This may be pertinent to many learning and neurological disorders, disabilities, and injuries. One pivotal educational support approach that has helped many people involves techniques using more than one sense at a time to develop new neural pathways, working towards the goal of improving various learning concerns.
What is multisensory learning all about? Find out how employing multisensory techniques while learning has the potential to promote better information interpretation and recall, and what a MSL class at Neurosensory may involve.
How does Multisensory Learning Work?
Multisensory methods encourage students to engage with new concepts, develop connections, and hold onto information in more than one way. This may allow for more adaptability and expand the possibilities for education and development for many people with a range of learning disorders and difficulties.
By incorporating two or more senses at a time, it may be more likely students will feel engaged with the information as it utilises different areas of the brain. This often stimulates constructive brain responses and may reduce some barriers that students may encounter with more traditional methods that involve only one sense. Multisensory learning has the potential to reduce stress and encourage better focus.
Both adults and children may find advantages to the multisensory learning approach. It may be used to support learning in a wide range of fields and subjects, such as maths, English, and science.
What Does a Multisensory Class Involve?
The multisensory teaching approach incorporates tailored instructions that have students using more than one sense at a time while undertaking a learning exercise. It is important to accommodate students’ various requirements and target outcomes when it comes to developing learning programs, which is why we personalise our teaching methods and techniques.
Multisensory learning involves a combination of two or more of the following senses:
An MSL class, whether it is face-to-face or online, is an adaptable and engaging learning environment. We incorporate various resources and activities that stimulate and encourage participation, understanding, and reassurance. These may include items like:
- Visuals, such as drawings, photos, and maps.
- Audio tools, such as recordings and music.
- Motion-based activities, such as air writing, dance, and acting.
- Hands-on activities, such as sand-based tasks.
- Activities that engage smell and taste, such as baking and gardening.
A multisensory class generally looks different to a standard, mainstream education environment because it moves away from purely reading and listening to information. It instead involves an array of techniques designed to engage and maintain students’ attention and participation. This has the potential to bolster the way the information is understood, retained, and recalled.
Who May Benefit in a Multisensory Learning Class?
There is a wide range of students who may benefit from undertaking this learning approach. Our team has supported many students to help them work towards their learning goals. People with the following disorders and difficulties may find this learning style advantageous:
- Dyspraxia/sensory integration disorder.
- Auditory processing disorder (APD).
- Visual processing disorder (VPD).
- Generalised learning disorders.
- Comorbidities such as hearing or speech impairments.
Certain learning techniques may suit some people better than others. For instance, one student may not benefit from a learning task that incorporates a combination of auditory and kinaesthetic cues. They may instead gain results when the auditory input is combined with visual cues.
Every person is different, so we personalise each learning plan to target the needs and goals of each student by carrying out comprehensive ability and progress assessments.
Receive Comprehensive Multisensory Learning Support at Neurosensory
The team at Neurosensory is passionate and enthusiastic about multisensory learning. We believe it holds a range of positive possibilities for adults and children with a variety of learning disorders or difficulties. We aim to support each student as they work towards reducing or overcoming learning concerns by utilising evidence-based exercises and creating an engaging and friendly learning environment.
If you or a loved one is facing difficulties with various aspects of learning, such as comprehension, writing, or information retention or recall, please contact us to discuss your options and to book an initial assessment.