Use A Multisensory Approach To Facilitate Interactions With Your Child
Let’s go back in time. To a time when we were growing up. Now, of all the lessons that you sat through or learned, what is it that you can recall? Not a whole lot right?
Let’s try this again.
What do you think you’d recall better, a part you played in the school play or reading that same play while sitting in a classroom? Would you remember an angle bisector better while staring at a blackboard or while you tried to smash the shuttle at the centre of the badminton court to bisect your opponents? Would reading about inertia ever be as understandable if not for the moment when a bus brakes and you lurch forward?
In each of the above cases, you’re using a multisensory activity to relate the action to some information. It’s what makes the information relatable, interactive, conversational, and memorable. You simply used a multisensory approach.
What Exactly Is A Multisensory Approach?
Simply put, a multisensory approach combines what we see with what we hear and most importantly, with what we do or feel. It is the simultaneous use of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile cues to enhance memory and aid learning and development.
And How Does It Help?
This approach relies on all our senses to process the information. It enables children to form stronger connections with the information they’re presented with, making the information a lot more memorable and enabling their minds to internalise this information. Such information is then easier to recall and apply.
Why Does This Approach Work?
It works because our brain is hardwired to learn through the senses. Our brain has evolved to use all our senses to make sense of our world. And naturally, a multisensory approach makes more sense of whatever information our children are presented with.
How Does It Facilitate Interactions?
If you recall the multisensory activities at the start, most of them are interactive. They involve more than one person. The universe of multisensory activities ranges in scope from games to experiments to stories to role-playing to activities. All of these are a great way for parents to communicate with their children; to bond with them. Multisensory activities trigger conversations, boost imaginations, result in emotional intelligence and eventually, strengthen bonds.And in times when one-way interactions with screens are going through the roof (especially with our children), maybe a multisensory approach is the way to engage them better. To keep our children curious, confident, and interpersonal.
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