Multisensory Learning: Using multiple pathways to maximize learning
Students learn best when they process new information by Seeing It, Hearing It and Doing It simultaneously.
Multisensory teaching uses all learning pathways at the same time to enhance memory and learning. When the instruction is delivered using these channels together, the student’s whole brain is engaged. This allows the information to get into long-term memory for later retrieval. Current research, much of it supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has shown the value of explicit, structured, multisensory language teaching for all students, especially those with dyslexia. For these reasons, RITES specializes in multisensory instruction.
“Dyslexic students need a different approach to learning language from that employed in most classrooms….They have to have lots of practice in having their writing hands, eyes, ears and voices working together for conscious organization and retention of their learning.” Margaret Rawson former President of the International Dyslexia Association.
Here is a visual model of multisensory learning and teaching:
Research shows that these three senses are primarily used in learning, storing, remembering, and recalling information. We incorporate multisensory instruction, whether it be reading, math or study skills, for maximized learning for all students who have: dyslexia or other language processing difficulties, ADHD, high-functioning Asperger’s, executive functioning deficits, or those without diagnosed learning differences, but who struggle in one or two areas. Multisensory instruction, delivered by a creative, experienced, highly trained RITES teacher, works.
Even though we have expanded significantly to include many different types of tutoring for a range of student profiles, we’re still leading experts in multisensory methods, such asOrton-Gillingham, as well as other multisensory approaches, such as Project Read®, Wilson,® and Lindamood-Bell®.
Families who receive tutoring in reading remediation also get access to RITES’ license for the Lexia Core5 supplemental literacy software program, which provides multisensory practice with reading, and spelling, sight words, and much more. RITES teachers will train the student/family how to use the program so they can access it through the Internet and use it at home between sessions. This program’s peer-reviewed research has proven that Lexia Core5 effectively increases reading proficiency and closes the reading gap. To read an article about Lexia Core5‘s success with improving students’ reading skills, click here.