Multisensory Structured Language

The MSL approach was developed from the works of Samual T. Orton and Anna Gillingham. Their dedication to understanding the brain led them to identify that important neural connections are made in the brain when using a triangle of the senses. (Auditory, visual and Kinesthetic).

The International Dyslexia Association see it as: “Building pathways in the brain that connect speech with print.” 

Multisensory teaching is one important aspect of instruction for students with dyslexia that is used by clinically trained teachers.

Effective instruction for students with dyslexia is instruction that is direct & explicit, structured & systematic, cumulative, cognitive, intensive, emotionally sound and focused on meaningfully taking speech to print.

A skilled MSL educator provides direct instruction to ensure links are consistently made between the visual (language we see), auditory (language we hear/perceive), and kinesthetic-tactile (language symbols we feel through touch and movement) pathways in learning to read and spell. These pathways are used simultaneously to enhance memory and learning of written language.

The Australian Dyslexia Association are concerned with the well being, identification and educational intervention of all who struggle with aspects of spoken and written language.

They provide more information on their website:

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Multisensory Structured Language
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