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What is Multisensory Instruction?
Multisensory instruction or teaching is an approach that engages learners by implementing lessons that stimulate diverse sensory inputs and activates many of the 12 ways of learning.
What are the 12 Ways of learning?
The 12 Ways of Learning looks at 12 diverse ways students encode lessons and experiences. It includes the 4 popular sensory inputs of visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic, and also incorporates 8 other ways of processing and organizing information for optimal learning. These include:
- sequential processing (placing information in a series or sequence)
- simultaneous processing (categorizing information)
- verbal processing (verbalizing ideas aloud)
- Interactive processing (working in the company of others)
- Logical reflective processing (thinking about or reflecting about what is learned)
- Indirect experience processing (learning through demonstrations)
- Direct experience processing (learning in an educational environment such as at the zoo)
- Rhythmic melodic processing (learning to a rhythm, beat or melody)
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Why is Multisensory Instruction Beneficial?
Because each student has their own preferences on how they learn best, multisensory instruction can assure that students have a better chance of learning new content quickly and efficiently. In addition, this approach to learning is better at grabbing the attention of the learner because lessons use multiple sensory inputs as well as ways to organize and process the information.