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Putting the Sensory Into Stories

Professional development (PD) Auckland

Posted: 22 October 2017
Notice reference #: 1H9faM

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 a meaningful 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.
  • show how the notion of, ‘repetition with variety’ can be woven through the stories. 
  • provide examples of extension activities for the sensory stories shared.
  • look at how you plan and deliver a sensory story to the students you work with.

The workshop will be fun, practical and totally engaging!

The workshop is being facilitated by Richard Hirstwood and Julie king.

Richard is 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 been working in special education in the UK and New Zealand for 34 years. She is a special education consultant and is pasionate about sensory learning.

Events summary


27 April 2018 – 27 April 2018

Further information

Contact: Julie King

 (O21) 101 0209