How Multisensory Learning Benefits Children with Autism

April 11, 2016
John Quinn

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 3 million individuals worldwide. The prevalence of ASD among children indicates a growing need to create learning environments where children of all abilities can flourish. Every child with autism is unique, so the way they learn is different and personal to them.

Since children with autism process sensory input differently and may have challenges, many parents, educators, and therapist have approved multisensory learning approaches for children with ASD. Student success and achievement depends on the child’s learning environment. In a learning environment that supports visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic learning modes, children with ASD have the opportunity to connect with learning concepts in different ways.

What is multisensory learning?

Multisensory learning is a method of teaching that incorporates two or more senses to help students grasp learning concepts.

Why does it work?

When students engage with curriculum through touch, sound, sight, and movement, they make direct and lasting connections with the material. With this type of instruction, children play an active role in discovery, resulting in more motivation and eagerness to learn. Multisensory learning helps kids who have difficulties excelling within a traditional classroom structure.

What about math?

Many multisensory lessons help children with autism become better readers and communicators, but there are not enough math programs—specifically math programs that adapt to the needs of unique learners.

How can Zumo Learning help?

Zumo Learning System, an electronic learning system for math education, is multisensory. Zumo Learning helps children with autism to engage with math concepts based on their sensory needs. Zumo Learning motivates students; visually through interactive apps, with touch and movement through Zumo, and through sound with read-aloud math content. Each app can be adapted to the sensory needs of a child to remove sounds, minimize graphics and change motion and speed.

Here’s what one parent had to say about one of our apps

“I have a 10 year old Autistic son and he absolutely loves the game. Surprisingly it held his interest, I played the game first and decided to let him try it. Great job so far, glad to see some sensory games available with hand eye coordination to help Autistic children learn. It’s more than a game it is a learning tool.” – Tim Moss, Beta Tester

For more information on the Zumo Learning System, click here http://zyrobotics.com/zumolearning/

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To learn more about Autism or Teaching kids with Autism, please visit

http://www.autism-society.org/

http://www.autism-society.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/buildingourfuture06.pdf

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