The Sensory Projects Training Days

Sensory stories. This day reveals the fundamental importance of using sensory strategies with people and how narrative permeates our lives. Delegates learn the essentials of a great sensory story and experience how to facilitate them to maximal benefit. This course can also be booked as a two day event combined with the Adventurous sensory story telling below. A two day version of this event is available with enriched content and ideas for other forms of sensory stories.

Sensory engagement for mental well-being. This day looks at how we identify, select and create sensory experiences that support the mental well-being of some of our more complex learners. In a time when we are thinking about mental health first aid, this is the ‘prevention is better than cure’ for learners with PMLD, complex needs, profound autism etc. 

Developing sensory engagement. This day looks at how we create sensory experiences that engage our learners and how we can use these experiences to extend their cognition and ability to further engage with the curriculum. If you wish to focus on a particular curriculum area this day can be tailored to a particular subject. 

Creating and using sensory environments
. This day looks at how to create sensory environments big and small, as is typical with the Sensory Projects it focuses on low cost options but the learning within the day will be applicable to the wonderful expensive palaces of sensory wonder too. 

Facilitating sensory science. Many of our sensory learners are naturally brilliant scientists, it is important that our approach to teaching science does not mean their ability to achieve in this area is contingent upon their language skills. This day will explore how we can facilitate science in a sensory way. 

Sensory ArtThe structured sensory art project enabled artists with PMLD to independently create their own works of art and to benefit from the creative process in a way that improved mental well-being and engagement. This day is intended for settings planning on running their own iteration of the project and will be a practical ‘how-to’ for doing this. 

Sensory-beingThe third of the Sensory Projects looked at how to facilitate experiences of mindfulness for people whose primary experience of the world is sensory. Mindfulness (or its sensory equivalent: sensory-being) is wonderful for promoting mental well-being, for students and staff alike. This day will explore the project and allow you to apply its learning to your own setting. 

Sensory stories: Part II. If you have already had the Sensory Stories training day and are keen to get even more ambitious with your use of sensory stories this day is for you. On it you will hear examples of ambitious sensory story sharing and be encouraged to think of your own way to be adventurous with sensory stories.
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