Multisensory Education and Communication

Multisensory Education and Communication at Marnebek

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. The academic programs in Marnebek School adheres to the vision that all students have a right to an education and all students will flourish with a comprehensive and strategic approach to support their individual learning needs. Our teachers follow differentiated teaching and learning strategies to tailor their methods effectively to reach every student, giving all students the opportunity to succeed in the Victorian Curriculum.

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. 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), fidgets, exploring the shape/sounds of letters and numbers and hands on learning.