Multisensory Learning

Multisensory is a way of learning that uses several or all of the senses at once, (seeing/visual, hearing/auditory, kinesthetic/motion, and tactile/feeling). This engages all the learning pathways in the brain to enhance memory and learning, resulting in stronger neural connections and better retention. Benefits of multisensory learning have been continuously verified by cognitive research.


An Orton-Gillingham lesson is full of multisensory activities from beginning to end. There are visual and auditory drills, word sorts, reading games, spelling activities using aids to help the student segment sounds, and phonological awareness activities using manipulatives. Please scroll through the pictures below that show examples of multisensory learning activities you are likely to see during an Orton-Gillingham lesson!