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Putting the Sensory Into Stories

Professional development (PD) Auckland

Posted: 22 October 2017
Notice reference #: 1H9faF

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 access the curriculum in  ameaningful and relevant way, extend their understanding, to use their senses to allow them to explore their environment, interact with it and with others around them.
  • explore ways of embedding multi-sensory experiences in stories and narrative. 
  • demonstrate a range of simple sensory stories that include high tech, low, tech and no tech sensory experiences. 
  • illustrate how sensory stories can provide a fun and inclusive platform for planning and delivering relevant and age appropriate learning experiences.
  • look at how the notion of, ‘repetition with variety’ can be woven through the stories. 
  • provide examples of extension activities for the sensory stories shared.
  • also look at how you plan and deliver a sensory story to the students you work with.
  • share a simple template for creating your own sensory stories.  

The workshop will be fun, practical and totally engaging!

The workshop is being facilitated by Richard Hirstwood, a UK based Special Education Consultant and internationally renowned for his work aroound sensory learning. Go to his website for more information:

Julie King has worked in special education sector for 34 years in the UK and New Zealand. She is a special edcuation consultant with a passion for sensory learning. 

Events summary


27 April 2018 – 27 April 2018

Further information

Contact: Julie King

 (O21) 1010209