A multisensory approach refers to learning in such a way that it engages more than one sensory system at a time, which is important because children have different learning styles.
The most common forms of teaching handwriting are visual and auditory, and for some learners, this information can be confusing. Look at the letter ‘b’ and ‘d’ and even listening to the sound ‘ba’ and ‘da’ they are very similar and difficult to distinguish apart for a young writer. This is where using a multisensory approach is useful because learners will be exposed to different ways of exploring letters or shapes without picking up a pencil.
If we look at the different sensory modalities, we have:
As mentioned early, children learn in different ways and by using a multisensory approach you are helping more learners give their brains more information about handwriting for it to store and use.
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