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When multi-sensory learning is absent from your child’s educational experience

Visualize a tutoring session where your child has a transformative learning experience that genuinely “moves the needle.” Imagine peeking in to see your young scholar up on their feet, engaged in a dance activity to practice vowel sounds, singing a song to study for a spelling quiz, working hands-on with math tools, or drawing letters in a bin filled with sand to practice letter formation– all with a smile on their face. In a world of multi-sensory learning, concepts come to life through movement-based (kinesthetic) and touch-based (tactile) learning activities that stimulate high-level engagement. This approach is founded on the theory of whole brain learning, which engages multiple brain regions. Multi-sensory learning also enhances traditional sensory elements in education, such as auditory and visual, by incorporating color coding, images, hand cues, making and designing, performing arts, and more.

Multi-sensory learning can have a positive influence on children – regardless of if they have learning disabilities. Unfortunately, today, many students remain stuck in the mundane, rote, and “traditional education” world, despite the increasing popularity of multi-sensory concepts. In this setup, students go through repetitive packets, memorize facts, and then forget them, enduring long, dull lectures. The good news- parents can seek supplementary opportunities when these approaches are lacking in the general classroom!

  1. The Pitfalls of the “Traditional Education” Experience In traditional education, educators rely heavily on a one-size-fits-all model, expecting students to learn primarily through auditory and visual means. However, this approach needs to acknowledge the diverse ways children process information and engage with their learning. Consequently, it can leave many students feeling left behind, missing access to instruction, and struggling to reach their full potential.
  2. Impact on Students with Learning Differences When educators do not incorporate multi-sensory learning into their instruction, students with learning and psychological differences, such as Dyslexia, ADHD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, become particularly vulnerable. These students often require alternative methods to grasp and retain information effectively. With multi-sensory strategies, they can understand concepts and access learning goals. For instance, a student with dyslexia might struggle to decode written words through limited-sensory reading instruction. A lack of tactile and kinesthetic elements can hinder their progress and self-confidence. Similarly, students with ADHD may find maintaining focus in a passive, lecture-based setting challenging, leading to frustration and disengagement.
  3. Missed Opportunities For All Learners A significant student population does not have a diagnosed learning difference but tends to thrive in active and multi-sensory learning environments. Neglecting these strategies results in missed opportunities to tap into diverse learning styles and preferences. For example, students who benefit from kinesthetic or hands-on approaches may plateau in strictly auditory and visual environments. By incorporating multi-sensory elements, we can avoid these realities.
  4. The Benefits of Multi-Sensory Learning Implementing multi-sensory literacy and math programs such as Orton-Gillingham, Wilson’s Fundations, and Lindamood-Bell enhances memory retention, understanding, and engagement. Students become active participants in their learning, leading to deeper connections with the material. Multi-sensory learning also fosters creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Students are empowered to become lifelong learners with high-level collaborative and communicative skills. If your child’s school does not use these multi-sensory programs and does not take advantage of these approaches, you have options!
  5. Taking Action: Embracing Multi-Sensory Tutoring Multi-sensory instruction can maximize your child’s growth and confidence. At Dynamic Tutoring Solutions, our dedicated tutors have experience in multi-sensory research-based approaches. With individualized attention and a systematic and creative framework, they can bridge learning gaps, enhance understanding, and foster a lifelong love for learning. The absence of multi-sensory learning can significantly affect all students, especially those with learning differences. If your child’s school does not sufficiently provide these critical learning experiences, contact Dynamic Tutoring Solutions today.
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