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THE POWER OF MULTISENSORY LEARNING

Teaching students with dyslexia does pose its challenges, but is also extremely rewarding! 


Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects a person's ability to read, write, and/or spell. There is a spectrum, though, most students with dyslexia have difficulty decoding, recognizing word patterns, and comprehending written material. That said, with the right strategies and support, almost all children can overcome these challenges and thrive in the classroom.


One effective strategy for teaching students with dyslexia is using multisensory techniques. This involves engaging multiple senses - auditory (sound), visual (sight), and kinesthetic (touch/movement) modalities, to reinforce learning. 


For example, a teacher could have students trace letters/words in sand (visual, kinesthetic), while making the sounds out loud (auditory). It’s most effective when all 3 modes are being used simultaneously. 


Here are a few examples of reading activities that utilize a multisensory approach:

  1. Word building with manipulatives: Provide students with letter tiles or other manipulatives and have them build words. As they build each word, have them say the sounds out loud and blend them together with their hands to read the word.

  2. Sensory reading: Read a story with a sensory component. For example, if the story is about the beach, provide students with seashells, and other items that relate to the story. As you read the story, have students touch and interact with the sensory materials.

  3. Phonemic awareness games: Using blocks, play games that focus on phonemic awareness, such as blending sounds together as you stack the blocks to make a word. 

  4. Reading with music: Play music that relates to the story you (or they) are reading. As you read the story, have students listen to the music, dance to the music and use manipulatives.



These activities engage multiple senses and provide students with a fun and engaging way to improve their reading skills.

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