Multisensory Techniques

Multisensory Techniques Help Parents Accommodate Learning Styles: Auditory Techniques:

Auditory Techniques Multisensory techniques that focus on sound and stimulate verbal reasoning are called auditory techniques. Auditory techniques include strategies such as using:

Computerized text readers, augmentative communication devices; auditory trainers; hearing aids; books on tape, podcasts, and peer-assisted reading;

Video, film, or multi-image media with accompanying audio; and

Music, song, instruments, speaking, rhymes, chants, and language games.

Tactile Teaching Methods:


Multisensory techniques that involve using the sense of touch are called tactile methods. Tactile methods include strategies such as:


Preschool and primary games involving jumping rope, clapping, stomping or other movements paired with activities while counting, and singing songs related to concepts;

All tactile activities mentioned above; and  any large motor activity for older students involving dancing, beanbag tossing, basketball, or other such activities involving concepts, rhythmic recall, and academic competition such as current events quizzes, flashcard races, and other learning games.


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Multisensory Techniques Help Teachers Accommodate Learning Styles:

Multisensory TechniquesSome researchers theorize that many students have an area of sensory learning strength, sometimes called a learning style. This research suggests that when students are taught using techniques consistent with their learning styles, they learn more easily, faster, and can retain and apply concepts more readily to future learning. Most students, with a disability or not, enjoy the engaging variety that multisensory techniques can offer.



Stimulating Visual Reasoning and Learning:


Multisensory techniques often include visual teaching methods and strategies such as using:

Text and/or pictures on paper, posters, models, projection screens, or computers;

Film, video, multi-image media, augmentative picture communication cards or devices, finger spelling and sign language;

Adaptive Reading Materials;

Use of color for highlighting, organizing information, or imagery;

Graphic organizers, and outlining passages; and

Student-created art, images, text, pictures, and video.



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Parents should learn Multisensory Techniques


children with Learning Disabilities

Multisensory techniques are frequently used for children with Learning Disabilities (LD) Multisensory teaching techniques and strategies stimulate learning by engaging students on multiple levels. They encourage children to use some or all of their senses to:




Gather information about a task;

Link information to ideas they already know and understand;

Perceive the logic involved in solving problems;

Learn problem-solving steps;

Tap into nonverbal reasoning skills;

Understand relationships between concepts; and

Learn information and store it for later recall.


Why Multisensory Techniques Are Important for Students With LDs:


Children with LDs typically have learning differences in one or more areas of reading, writing, math, listening comprehension, and expressive language. Multisensory techniques enable children to use their personal areas of strength to help them learn. They can range from simple to complex, depending on the needs of the student and the task at hand.


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