Sensory Stories

Sensory Stories


Putting the Sensory into Stories!

Creating simple and engaging sensory stories

When: 27th April 2018

Where: Sir Keith Park School, Auckland

Time: 9.00-3.30

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About the workshop:

This workshop will work within the framework of developing a sensory approach to the New Zealand curriculum. The approach will facilitate the development of all the senses and make it accessible to students with complex learning disabilities, many of whom are learning at the early stages of intellectual development.  We will demonstrate how the senses will represent the focus of students’ learning and enable them to extend their understanding, to use and have control of their senses to allow them to explore their environment, interact with it and with others around them.

Richard and Julie will explore ways of embedding multi-sensory experiences in stories and narrative. ‘A sensory story is told using a combination of words and sensory experiences.  The words and experiences are of equal value when conveying the narrative’. (Joanna Grace, 2015).   

We will demonstrate a range of simple sensory stories that include high tech, low, tech and no tech sensory experience.  We will also illustrate how sensory stories can provide a fun and inclusive platform for planning and delivering relevant and age appropriate learning experiences; and how the notion of, ‘repetition with variety’ can be woven through the stories.  We will provide examples of extension activities for the sensory stories shared.

Richard and Julie will also look at how you plan and deliver a sensory story to the students you work with.

A simple template will be shared for creating your own sensory stories.  There will also be opportunities for you to plan you own sensory story.

The workshop will be fun, practical and totally engaging!

Learning objectives

  • Develop a greater knowledge of a sensory approach to learning
  • Have an increased understanding of sensory stories and benefits for students with complex learning disabilities
  • Be able to create simple sensory stories
  • Be able to plan and deliver sensory stories to students with complex learning disabilities
  • Be able to use a range of high tech, low tech and no tech ideas to create sensory stories. 


Target Audience

Practitioners working with students who have special educational needs: Teachers, SENCOs, teacher aides, therapists, RTLBs and specialist teachers.

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