Sensory Stories for Children and Teens with Special Educational Needs: A Practical Guide

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Oct 21, 2014 - Education - 248 pages

Sensory Stories are short stories of a few lines which are brought to life through a selection of meaningful sensory experiences. They are particularly beneficial for students with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other special educational needs (SEN).

For children with PMLD, Sensory Stories can open up new avenues for communication and inclusive learning. For students with SPD and ASD, they offer a fun way of encountering sensory experiences and triggers in a safe, repetitive way, which over time can help to reduce associated anxieties. This accessible guide offers teachers, other professionals working with students with SEN and parents with a complete step-by-step guide to creating and using Sensory Stories effectively. Aiming to make Sensory Stories affordable and accessible to schools and parents alike by using everyday items found in the classroom and home, Joanna Grace provides original, ready-to-use Sensory Stories with accompanying lesson plans, games and activities and adaptations for different abilities and diagnoses.

Written by an experienced SEN consultant and sensory learning specialist, this is unique and essential reading for teachers, other professionals and parents wishing to introduce the many benefits of multi-sensory storytelling to children in their care.


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Part I Background
Part II Sharing Sensory Stories
Part III Using Sensory Stories to Form the Basis of Group Sessions
Part IV Assessment
Part V The Sensory Stories and Associated Resources
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Joanna Grace is a consultant and author of educational materials for students with special educational needs. She has spent her career working with children with special educational needs both in mainstream and special school settings, and has also fostered a child with special needs on a short break basis. She has been commissioned to write for a number of high profile organisations, including BookTrust, Teach First, Worldstories, Oxfam, Amnesty International and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. She regularly trains professionals in how to facilitate Sensory Stories for students with special educational needs and disabilities. She speaks regularly about sensory learning at educational conferences. Joanna's website can be found at and she tweets as @jo3grace.

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