Multi-sensory Learning Activities
Reading Instruction for Students with Dyslexia
Multi-Sensory Learning Modules provide alternate ways to gain the skills necessary for reading, and allow kids to enjoy their time in the Reading Skills program. These enrichment activities will be included periodically to provide context and enhance the multi-sensory learning experience.
Movement through dance and other forms of sequential movement patterns helps kids build memory, physical coordination, and confidence.
Combining movement with music makes repetition more fun, and gives kids who favor kinesthetic learning an alternative way to acquire these skills.
Integrating movement with academic study helps students learn and retain information in more ways than just “sitting at a desk.” Rhythm, sequences, and memorization are common to both reading and dancing.
Movement and exercise have been shown to increase oxygen levels and blood flow to the brain, and improve one’s ability to stay focused.
Art allows kids to express what they have learned through creative, tactile activities. The fine-motor skills required for writing are enhanced through the use of a larger canvas. The elements of design that create letter forms, including lines, circles, and curves, are reinforced when used to create art projects.
These are the building blocks for learning letter and word recognition, and can be used in large-format projects.
Working with textures such as sandpaper is also part of the multi-sensory approach.
Art projects allow kids who are struggling with basic skills to gain comprehension and experience success through creative expression.
Performance and role-playing exercises build memory skills, confidence, and contribute to gaining adaptive techniques for social situations. We help kids learn to express their needs in order to get the assistance required for specific circumstances.
Science includes an overview of the human brain and how it functions, and why some people learn differently than others.
Accommodation—we will learn alternate ways to achieve our goals by studying the techniques used by many successful people who are dyslexic.
Students who are dyslexic typically have trouble with completing homework assignments and their challenges can affect the whole family. We utilize assistive technology including the Microsoft Learning Tools to help with other subjects, and include conversation and support for parents and family members.