Special education: multisensory techniques in teaching

Children with learning Disabilities are helped with Multisensory techniques. This technique helps to stimulate learning by encouraging students with multiple levels of strategies and techniques. This technique also inspires students to use from few to all of their senses and use their personal zones of strength to learn. Students with (LDs) could have deviations in more than one area of writing, reading, listening, understanding and communicative language. 

This teaching technique helps students in collecting information about a task, observing the reason involved in solving problems, linking information for thoughts they previously know and appreciate, learn problem-solving methods, recognize relationships between concepts, acquire information and stock it for later memory, and knock into nonverbal mental skills.

4 Multisensory Techniques

Researchers claim, many students have an area of sensory learning strength/learning style. Research shows that students, if taught according to their learning styles, can learn much faster and easier and could retain and apply ideas for future learning. Researchers also noticed kids enjoyed the studies when they were taught with Multisensory techniques.

  1. Visual Teaching Technique:  Multisensory Technique includes visual teaching strategies and methods. Like,
  • Film, video, augmentative picture cards used to communicate or devices, multi-image media, finger-spelling and symbol language.
  • Text or pictures on paper, models, posters, projection screens or computers.
  • Use of color for prominence, organizing information, or imagery.
  • Images, text, pictures, student-created art and videos.
  • Graphic organizers and outlining passages.
  • Adaptive Reading materials.
  1. Auditory Techniques:  The Technique that focuses on sound and inspires verbal reasoning is known as auditory technique. Auditory technique strategies include techniques such as:
  • Video, Multi-image media with audio, or film.
  • Instruments, rhymes, chants, speaking, song, music, and language games. 
  • Computerized text readers, auditory trainers, Augmentative communication devices, hearing aids, books on tape, podcasts and noble aided reading. 
  1. Tactile Teaching Methods: Multisensory techniques that involve sense of touch are called tactile methods; tactile methods include:
  • Use of modelling materials such as clay and carving materials, paper mache to create models.
  • Using sand trays, raised objects, finger paints, raised line paper and puzzles to develop fine motor skills.
  • Use of small objects like math representatives to signify number values to teach math skills such as counting, addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. 
  1. Kinesthetic Methods: Multisensory procedures using body movement are called kinesthetic methods. This method Involves gross motor and fine movements, such as: 
  • Primary games and preschool activities that involve, clapping, stomping, jumping rope, singing songs and such related activities.
  • Any activity that involves extra motor senses suited for older students like bean bag tossing, dancing, basketball, any such activities that involves concepts like rhythmic recall, and theoretical competition such as present events, quizzes, flashcard contests and other knowledge games.
  • 3 Self-help and try Multisensory Materials:
  • Finger paint gel.
  • Puffy Paint.
  • Crafting Dough. 

So, with the above-mentioned Multisensory Techniques the teachers and parents can adapt their own learning styles that would be appropriate for their respective kids and let them enjoy a great academic life. 


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