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Podcast #95 Biology and Multi-sensory Learning with Susie Nyman

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Dr Susie Nyman is one of those teachers you’d want your children to have. She is very passionate about how students learn differently using multi-sensory learning. When she was a child she noticed she learnt better using textbooks that incorporated cartoon images.  When she had her son she noticed he couldn’t remember his spelling when he wrote on blue paper, so she tried different coloured paper instead. That’s when her son started to remember his spellings! 

In school, where she taught biology she used props such as a giant heart, which students could go and put sticky notes on. These notes were colour-coded to differentiate between the deoxygenated and oxygenated parts. She used auditory learning by singing the keywords to a popular song and sometimes they shaped coloured playdough to identify different parts.  Multi-sensory teaching stimulates the brain in many ways and can improve the learning process. 

This week, we discover the dyslexia story of Dr. Susie Nyman and her unconventional ways of teaching science. She also shared a lot of tips for students, parents and teachers.

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Links you might want to check:


BDA. (2018, April). Dyslexia Teaching Points: Multi-sensory techniques for science. Retrieved from YouTube:

Oaka. (2018, October). Oaka Books & Dr Susie Nyman ‘What is Multi-sensory Learning?’. Retrieved from You Tube:


Eastap, L. et al. (2018). Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide – 2nd Edition. British Dyslexia Association.

Nyman, S. (2019). The Multi-sensory Teaching Toolkit. Chichester: Oaka Books:

Nyman, S. (2020). How to become a Grade Riser. Chichester: Oaka Books:

A3 Laminated Exam Task Board

Nyman. S. (2019) The Exam Question Task Board.  Chichester: Oaka Books:  


Nyman, S (2019).  Sensory Support for Dyslexia. Retrieved from The SEN Magazine issue 103:  

Nyman, S (2020). Five multisensory activities you can do with your child at home. Retrieved from BBCBitesize:

Nyman, S (2020). Multi-sensory teaching at home with Dr Susie Nyman. Retrieved from The British Dyslexia Association: 

Nyman, S (2019). Simple ways to boost learning for kids with dyslexia.  Retrieved from The Studying with Dyslexia Blog:

Nyman, S (2020). How to get an A* in English.  Retrieved from The Studying with Dyslexia Blog:

Nyman, S (2020). The top ten tips for multi-sensory teaching at home.  Retrieved from The Studying with Dyslexia Blog:


Nyman, S (2020). Multi-sensory Teaching Strategies with Dr Susie Nyman. SENDcast Special Needs Podcast:

Nyman, S (2020).How to Become a Grade Riser with Dr Susie Nyman. SENDcast Special Needs Podcast:

Nyman, S (2020). A Bird, A Motto, A Legacy – With Dr Susie Nyman. Modern Miss Mason with Leah Boden:–A-Motto–A-Legacy— With-Dr–Susie-Nyman-em42rs

Conferences and Webinars

I have delivered presentations and webinars for the conferences or organisations below:

  • Learning Difference Convention in Australia
  • Tes SEN Shows in London and Manchester
  • The Dyslexia Show
  • Herefordshire SENDCo Conference
  • EQR Conference at Richmond College
  • National Education Show
  • LearnFree Conference
  • Mental Health Wellbeing Show
  • SENDGroup
  • SENDcast
  • Scanning Pens
  • Succeed with Dyslexia
  • Helen Arkell Centre
  • Bell House

OCR Examination Board

  • OCR Moderator for 20 years
  • OCR CPD trainer 


Twitter: @DrSusieNyman



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