Multisensory Strategies

Report
Julie Emory-Johnson- Crestline
Claire Tynes- Brookwood Forest
Polly Harper- Cherokee Bend
IMSE
Institute for Multisensory Education
Based Orton- Gillingham principles
Originally developed for people with Dyslexia but works with all readers
5 day workshop
Companion to Recipe for Reading
3 part drill (with 4 parts) for Review
1. Review sound cards: “c” says /k/
2. Sound Blending with cards, CVC
3. Auditory/Kinesthetic: the students write the letter of the sound
presented by the teacher in sand, shaving cream, on sand paper, in
salt, etc.
 Teacher: “the sound is /t/. Repeat”
 Student: “/t/. T says /t/” (writes letter in tactile medium)
 Teacher: “shake to erase”
4. Vowel intensive: review short vowel sounds with vowel tents
 Teacher: “ap”
 Student: “ap. A says /a/” (holds up A vowel tent)
 Teacher continues with VC and CVC syllables, both real and nonsense
 video
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Red Words
Red words are words that are not easily decoded. “Red” means stop decoding!
This is a great strategy for sight words and words that are consistently
misspelled.
Write/copy red word with a red crayon over screen or sandpaper.
Trace letters with finger “t-h-e spells the” three times
Stand up, hold paper in off-hand (the hand you don’t write with) with arm
outstretched. With your dominant hand touch other shoulder and say “the. TH-E spells the” going down your arm with each letter. Three times!
Sit down. Turn paper over and write red word three times.
MULTISENSORY STRATEGIES
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Elkonian boxes
Moving tiles with each sound
Sight word Sand cards (Lakeshore)
Stretch and shrink
Arm tapping; finger tapping
Screen, sand, d/b punch
Oral language (Sammy Loves Fried Zebra)
Dance/song
Different color text
Recipe for Reading
Multisensory strategies are good practice for every subject area!
It is purposeful and thought out- creating a balance
Pairing physical movement with learning makes it stick!
Reaching all learners
Think about it- you are already doing lots of multisensory strategies!

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