Multi-Sensory Education, creates neural networks that allow efficient storage and retrieval of information. It promotes student engagement and participation. Sensory information includes sight, touch, taste, smell, auditory (hearing), vestibular (movement) and proprioception (spatial awareness and deep pressure).
To promote Multisensory Education and Communication, teachers at Katandra School use a variety of multi-modal programs designed to target a student’s individual point of need which is identified through a Sensory Profile Checklist.
They engage the students in as many sensory systems as possible within an activity or instruction. This can include different visuals, movement, activities that involve touch and sound. It’s as simple as getting students to draw shapes in the sky before writing, or using gestures as well as verbal instruction.
Other multisensory approaches include using visual schedules, movement breaks, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Aided Language Displays (mealtime placemats etc), Core Word, talking buttons, sensory items such as fidgets, exploring the shape/sounds of letters and numbers and hands on learning.