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Putting the Sensory into Stories

Professional development (PD) Auckland

Posted: 05 February 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9hMM

Richard Hirstwood and Julie King will co-present this workshop. Richard is the founder and principal tutor of Hirstwood Training, UK. Julie King is an NZ special education consultant and workshop facilitator and coordinator.

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. 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 experiences and how sensory stories can provide a fun and inclusive platform for planning and delivering relevant and age appropriate learning experiences.

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.

Events summary


27 April 2018 – 27 April 2018

Further information

Contact: Julie King

 (O21) 101 0209