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Types of Learning Styles

I recall being asked, “What type of learner are you?” I couldn’t answer the question. First, let me explain to you what the 4 types of learners are then I will explain why I was unable to answer the question.


  1. Visual People who refer to themselves as visual learners use their visual skills such as diagrams, pictures, and written directions as their primary source of information. They use “sight” or “spatial” references to understand things and tend to draw diagrams and take notes. Handouts, visual representation, and time to absorb the information are helpful to these types of learners.

  2. Auditory Auditory Learners tend to learn better when sound is used. Listening to a lecture, repeating out loud concepts, or reading notes out loud. They tend to participate in lectures and will watch videos and listening to music is very helpful to this group.

  3. Kinesthetic This group learns best when touching or moving. Acting out or playing games to help them learn the concept is the best way to get the information in. Kinesthetic Learners have a hard time sitting still for a long period of time so movement in the classroom is a great way to keep them focused.

  4. Reading/Writing This type of learning refers to learning by writing such as writing articles, writing essays, reading books or journals and researching on the internet, etc


Most schools will use a combination of all the above-mentioned types of learning. For example, during a science class, a teacher will talk about photosynthesis and how a plant converts carbon dioxide into oxygen. They will use diagrams, videos, and maybe a youtube channel with a cartoon of the entire cycle to help children better understand it.


My dilemma is that I feel I am not only one. I have a difficult time sitting for a long time, or listening to only music. I love to read but require breaks. For me, the best type of learning style consists of a mix that you take notes, move, listen, discuss, and watch.


I have seen the positive effects that “Sensory Breaks” have had on entire classrooms. Children stand up and shake the “sillies” out and after 5 minutes go back to work. Knowing when your class requires a break and allowing them to have that will set the right tone for the rest of the day.


One of my favorite work settings was a high school with children diagnosed with Autism. They would start each morning with an exercise run by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and cool down with Yoga. It was so great to see improved balance, eye contact, and attention. This helped set the mood for the entire day.


However, if you find your child learns best, make sure to find the right setting. There are a variety of schools that can meet your child's needs and provide support to help your child feel safe and secure.


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