Multi-sensory input benefits

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Multi-sensory input benefits

We're always looking for ways to help our children with what they have to memorize. It is a challenge at every grade level. One of the really good ways to help a child memorize information is by letting them review it, practice it, use it, learn it, in multiple sensory ways. Information is stored in the part of the brain based on the sense for which it came through. So if someone hears something, it's stored in the auditory parts of the brain, the sides of the brain, the temporal lobe. When the same information is also shown to the child or the adult, the information that comes in visually is ultimately stored in the back of the brain, the visual cortex. The same as sensory information. Touch is stored in another part of the brain. Information from their actual movements is stored in another part of the brain. What's really cool is the more sensory modalities in which the information is processed, each part of the brain will store the information and they will remain connected to each other. The network will remain through the brain and remain connected. When the child is recalling the information -- Perhaps a visual child will remember first what they saw. When that network is ignited in the visual cortex, it will send out cues and what they heard and what they moved, what they touched, what they made will also come online. They will be recalling a much richer memory and associated memories. That's multi-sensory learning.

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After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as the first woman graduate from Williams College, Judy Willis attended UCLA School of Medicine where she was awarded her medical degree. She remained at UCLA and completed a medical residency and neurology residency, including chief residency. She practiced neurology for 15 years before returning to university to obtain her teaching credential and master's of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then taught in elementary and middle school for 10 years.

Dr. Judy Willis is an authority on brain research and its applications regarding learning. With the unique background as a parent, neurologist, classroom teacher, and neuro-educator she writes extensively for parenting magazines and professional educational journals. Dr. Willis has written six books for parents and educators about applying brain research to parenting and teaching.

Dr. Willis is on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Education, University of California and gives presentations to parents and educators nationally and internationally about how to help children learn joyfully and successfully. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hawn Foundation, dedicated to helping children improve academic performance and acquire vital social and emotional skills. In 2011, she was honored by Edutopia, as a “Big Thinker on Education”.

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