ERIC Number: ED195099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Multisensory Techniques Updated: Fernald and Gillingham to Hemispheric Routing.
Loveless, Eugene; Blau, Harold
The authors suggest that children with severe language deficits can best learn to spell using a nonvisual (blindfolded) multisensory technique based on tactile recognition using the nondominant hand. A procedure known as Hemispheric Routing or the VAKT (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile) method is explained. As a first step in remediation, the handicapped child is blindfolded, thus eliminating the overloaded, or at least noncontributing, modality. The student's first contact with a word takes place through touching three dimensional letters which can either be named or sounded. The letters are then felt and traced, thus utilizing the kinesthetic and tactile modalities. The word is considered learned when it is correctly written by the student with his eyes shut, with eyes open, and ultimately identified in a text. Use of the method in several subjects is cited. (SBH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (17th, Milwaukee, MN, February 26-March 1, 1980).