Why Using All Our Senses Makes Sense

Encouraging learners to firmly embed new learning experiences by using teaching methods that use all their senses is the best way to teach.

By Julia Hewerdine


Teaching learners using all the senses is:

  • Appropriate for all learners.
  • Particularly beneficial for learners with dyslexia.
  • Builds on strengths.
  • Strengthens weaknesses.

We call this type of teaching multi-sensory.

Research has shown that we retain:

  • 5% of what we’ve been taught by listening to a lecture alone,
  • 10% by also reading about it
  • 20% if our learning includes audio-visual material
  • 30% if we see a demonstration
  • 50% if we also include a discussion group
  • 75% if we then practise doing it ourselves
  • 90% if we teach others.

We apply these principles to our courses

The courses we run for professionals and parents alike ensure you can:

  • Listen to us
  • Access reading materials
  • Watch Power Points
  • See a range of cartoons and images used to emphasise teaching points

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  • Discuss reflective tasks with colleagues/others, activities to do where you experience
  • Putting theory into practice in your support of learners and family members
  • See demonstrations
  • Teach what you know to a learner/family member

In the same way, the learners/family members you teach will benefit from a multi-sensory approach. Multi-sensory teaching appeals to strengths, and supports weaknesses.

‘These are just a few ways in which we can help you achieve your goal related to dyslexia. Sign up to join the hundreds of candidates already benefitting from our courses and be part of our journey to make the changes people with dyslexia need.’