Thesis Title

Adding Kinesthetic and Tactile Instructional Startegies to Enhance Recall: A Study of Middle School Students with Sensory Processing Deficits

Graduation Date

Spring 2009

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madelienne Peters, EdD


Brain researchers found that the brain stores information in separate cortexes corresponding to the mode from which it was received, thus receiving information through multiple sensory modalities increases recall opportunities. Students experiencing deficits in sensory processing benefit from multiple sensory instructional strategies by developing weaker modalities while processing information through stronger modalities. The purpose of this study is to determine whether adding kinesthetic and tactile instructional strategies with auditory and visual strategies during a single lesson enhances recall of five sixth grade students who have deficits in sensory processing. Results found that adding kinesthetic and tactile instructional strategies to auditory and visual strategies within the same lesson enhanced recall nearly 25% more than lessons incorporating only auditory and visual strategies.

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