The Sensory Projects Training Days

This page details the training days currently offered by The Sensory Projects. Days will always be tailored to the setting booking them. Bespoke days can also be created on request. In the description of these days you will come across the term Sensory Beings, this is used to denote people whose primary experience of the world, and meaning within it, is sensory, it includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, people on the autistic spectrum who are non verbal, babies in the first months of life, people with later stage dementia and a great many other people who do not use language.

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. .

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 approach for Sensory Beings. 

Develop Your Sensory Lexiconary. This day takes delegates through the development of seven sensory systems and shows them how to use this knowledge to better support cognition, communication and mental well being for Sensory Beings. Because of the intense nature of this course it is only available as a ticketed event and cannot be booked for in house training.

Coming soon: The Counter-Intuitive Course. Reflecting on our interactions with Sensory Beings we often notice aspects of our approach can be counter-intuitive. This day examines the many counter-intuitive aspects of provision for Sensory Beings and in exploring and articulating them enables you to expand on your practice and enhance the lives of the people you care for. 

Developing sensory engagement. This day looks at how we create sensory experiences that engage Sensory Beings 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 Sensory Beings 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 profound and multiple learning disabilities 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 Sensory Beings. Mindfulness (or its sensory equivalent: sensory-being) is wonderful for promoting mental well-being for everyone. 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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