Multisensory Strategies

Julie Emory-Johnson- Crestline
Claire Tynes- Brookwood Forest
Polly Harper- Cherokee Bend
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
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
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.
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)
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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