Multisensory Education and Communication involves incorporating sensory methods into the way we deliver instructions, promote communication and enhance student learning. It 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).
No two children learn in exactly the same way. Our teachers employ differentiated teaching and learning strategies and tailor instruction to target students’ specific point of need. Teachers apply differentiation in content, process, products, or the learning environment which allows students to access and achieve their goals towards the Victorian Curriculum and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
To promote Multisensory Education and Communication, teachers at Marnebek 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.