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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Multisensory Learning - Determining a Type of Learner



So what exactly is multisensory learning?

This is a type of teaching which utilizes several different techniques to help engage children on many different levels of learning. This sensory method type of learning encourages students to use a range of senses to help reach their learning goals. There are visual learners who intake information by listening; Auditory learners, who intake information be seeing; kinesthetic learning, who intake information by actually using; and last but not least read and write learners, who, well intake information by reading and writing. Multisensory learning is known to be very helpful for students that have learning disabilities.

These students often have trouble learning in basic subjects such as writing, reading, math and expressive language. With this method students are able to use more of their own personal strengths to help engage them in the learning process and the benefits are definitely rewarding. Not sure what type of learner your child is? Well, there are several different signs to look for when determining what kind of learner your child is.

If you need to determine if your child or student is a visual learner, there are a few things to look for. Visual learners seem to recall information the best by actually seeing it. They pay attention to detail and tend to be organized, like to read and would rather watch someone teach them something, rather than actually learning hands on or talking about it. You may also notice that these types of learners may have a hard time following directions, verbally and tend to be distracted by sound/noise.

Auditory learners learn best by listening to the information being explained/taught to them. These types of learners tend to ask for instructions and retain information through verbal communication like open discussions and lectures. They are not big fans of graphs, charts or puzzles as they often feel confused when items like these are presented to them. Textbooks and reading tend to be boring for them and can struggle with note taking.

A Kinesthetic learner performs best with more hands on methods. These students may seem engaged while in the science lab, like to build things, and tend to be good at sports. You will also notice that they may not be great at spelling, probably get bored very quickly with lectures and discussions and may not be very good at spelling and don't perform well with long tests and writing essays.

Finally, the characteristics you may find with read and write learners. This type absolutely loves writing and enjoys reading textbooks. You will find that they learn better when information is written, such as keywords, rather than watching or listening. They do well learning alone by writing out items in their own words to absorb information that was taught to them. You may also find these types of learners digging into dictionaries, glossaries and handouts.

If you have ever wondered what type of learner your child is, or even yourself, these tips will help point you in the right direction. There are many different techniques that are used for every kind of learner and plenty of resources, like Child First Publication that can help engage you or your child in the correct learning environment that is best for you.

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