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A how does a multi-sensory approach to reading work

A multi-sensory approach to reading

Traditional approaches to teaching reading rely heavily on visual and auditory stimuli, including workbooks and phonics activities. However, individuals who experience difficulties learning how to read may benefit from a multi-sensory approach that involves physical movements and lets them use their senses to engage on a deeper level.

In particular, dyslexic students who struggle to split words into their component sounds may respond positively to the Orton-Gillingham style of learning. It uses multi-sensory techniques to facilitate acquisition of phonics knowledge, decoding, and sight-reading skills.

Typing for the blind and for visually impaired students

Typing for the blind

Because it eliminates the need to look at the keyboard, touch typing is one of the most important and useful skills blind and visually impaired children can learn. But touch typing for the blind is by no means a new phenomenon.

When the typewriter and touch typing method were first introduced in the late 1800s, it was clear that the technology would be of great service in enabling visually impaired children to write. Schools provided instruction so individuals could learn to type and eventually the commercial typewriter became more widely used than the Braille Writer.

It even opened up new career opportunities as blind people began working as typists and transcribers.

This program is working great. We are using it for our 6 year old and he is enjoying it. He wants to "do my typing" each day. Our 4 year old daughter watches with keen interest. The way it is designed really does include reading and spelling and not just typing. –

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Visual impairment in the classroom

Visual impairment in the classroom

Visual cues are central to most early childhood education systems. Consider the number of school lessons that revolve around students writing on the blackboard or reading off of photocopied handouts! Every subject, from math/maths to spelling and even geography, requires reading and writing.

That’s why whether visual impairments are moderate, severe or profound, they often interrupt a low vision student’s ability to participate in regular classroom activities.

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