4. Multisensory Structured Language Interventions

Here we’ll help you to understand the importance and components of an effective multisensory structured language intervention program (MSL). We’ll also help you find an MSL tutor in your area.

Here's how to get started

Step 1

Understand the importance of evidence-based principles of instruction

The National Reading Panel has identified five essential components of a comprehensive reading program: phonemic awareness, explicit phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension. As parents, it is important to understand what these components are so we can have good discussions with our child's teachers about the instruction they are receiving and the progress we can expect them to make.

Treating Dyslexia

Programmatically scaffolded instruction


Step 2

Identify the components of an effective MSL reading intervention program

MSL reading interventions incorporate teaching techniques that are explicit, direct, cumulative, intensive, focused on the structure of language and simultaneously coordinate the use of visual, auditory and kinesthetic–tactile learning pathways.

MSL 101

Basics on an evidence-based way to learn


Step 3

Recognize the benefits of MSL instruction for your child with dyslexia

Students with dyslexia need multisensory structured language (MSL) instruction. This means that connections are consistently reinforced between the symbols the student sees, the sounds the student hears and the actions they can feel.

Additional Resources: Balance MSL and Assistive Technology

Understanding MSL Interventions

A parent's perspective


Step 4

Locate resources to help you support the MSL instruction your child needs

With proper instruction children with dyslexia can learn to read. They require reading programs developed specifically to help improve their specific deficits. Programs that do not address their specific challenges will be far less effective in helping them learn to read. Parents need to find and advocate for this appropriate programming.

Additional Resources: Matrix of MSL Programs

Finding an MSL Tutor

Get connected with someone who can help


More Resources

Matrix of MSL Programs

Be informed! From the International Dyslexia Association


Estimated Reading Time:15minute

Balance MSL and Assistive Technology

Using both eye-reading and ear-reading


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