Effects of a Multisensory Approach on Grade One Mathematics Achievement

Joanne M. Bedard, M.A.

This paper examines the hypothesis that first-grade students taught addition through a multisensory approach show higher mathematical achievement than those who are not taught through a multisensory approach. A propensity of research states that each student has his own way of processing and retaining information and that teachers need to include in each teaching presentation at least three basic learning modalities (auditory, visual, and tactile) as recommended in the TouchMath Program.

According to the study, teaching addition to first graders using TouchMath results in a significant increase in mathematical achievement. Furthermore, students with disabilities develop a positive attitude toward computation because TouchPoints allow them to mentally compute like their peers.