The Sensory Story Project


To convey the benefits of narrative through sensory experiences.


The Sensory Story Project was the first of The Sensory Projects and led to all of the others. It was set up to create five great sensory stories that people could resource themselves.  It began as a Kickstarter Project and its success is down to the all the wonderful people and organisations appearing below. 

Thank you!

Selling the stories funds the writing of more stories. You can see for yourself just how far the support of those original Kickstarter backers has taken the project as you browse the stories currently for sale on the website.

Outcomes & Resources

The five stories that the original Kickstarter pitched for were created.

There are now over 30 Sensory Projects stories published.
You can view the sensory stories and other free to download resources here.

The book Sensory Stories for Children and Teens was published  in 2014 by Jessica Kingsley and sells globally supporting parents and practitioners to facilitate stories in a sensory way. 

A second book: Sharing Sensory Stories and Conversations with People with Dementia was published in 2018 and opens up the world of sensory story telling to people with dementia and those who care for them.

Four Sensory Story children's books are due for publication by LDA Resources with the first two: Earnest and I, and Voyage to Arghans will launch at the TES SEN show in October where Joanna will also be speaking about how sensory engagement strategies can be deployed to support the mental health of people with profound disabilities.

Through bespoke Sensory Story training days Joanna enables other individuals and organisations to create sensory stories of their own. Sensory tours have also been created for a range of places including Kensington Palace and the London Transport Museum. Some settings have hosted their own sensory story adventures as a result of receiving training including The Sensory Trust's King Edward mine sensory story adventure day and The Lost Gardens of Heligan's sensory telling of the journey of a honey bee.

For National Multi Sensory Story Telling Day each September The Sensory Projects teams up with The Sensory Trust to facilitate the co-authoring of a sensory story by a team of individuals with complex disabilities. This truly magical experience has seen some wonderful immersive sensory stories created.


The idea for The Sensory Story project came about 11 years before the project. I was working in a school for students with severe and profound special educational needs. Sensory stories were the only way I could engage all of my students together: we absolutely loved them. But the stories we shared often had a limited range of resources and I struggled to find narratives that would appeal to adults (whether the readers or experiencers of the stories). I would often chat to friends outside of work about the need for low cost, richly resourced, wide appeal stories, after 11 years of chatting a good friend told me it was time to stop talking and start doing and so the Kickstarter launched.
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