Making sense of sensory learning

The three dynamic sessions explored how to expand your repertoire of multi sensory activities in a variety of teaching & learning environments. Each demonstrated easy to replicate, but very effective, ideas to expand your multi sensory ‘tool kit’.

Naomi Rosenberg

Resonance or ‘clonker’ boards For those pupils who are ‘hardest to reach’, the impact of their varying degrees of sensory impairments, autism, PMLD and epilepsy can be profound, reducing their ability to engage with their world & people in it. Naomi Rosenberg shared and explored simple, but dynamic, ways to use resonance or ‘clonker’ board activities to encourage engagement and interaction with these pupils.  This session used an experiential, multi sensory approach to using lots of cheap, practical and innovative ideas to develop listening, interaction & early engagement.   Click the button to see Naomi’s course notes.


Clive Smith

Clive talked about the importance of ‘Little rooms’. In his session he looked at the sensory, behavioural and learning issues that support working in small safe environments. Clive  considered why the concept of ‘Little Rooms’ work and how we can create similar approaches in our working environments that provide safe and enhanced learning environments within our classrooms. In his session he also demonstrated  typical working approaches in ‘Little Room’ environments.

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Richard Hirstwood

Showed us easy ways to unlocking the potential of your sensory space wherever it is, whoever it’s for. As an innovator of sensory rooms in the early 80’s, Richard understands that mastering the equipment, techniques and philosophies of sensory rooms is crucial to their effective use. Many learners also need to have sensory learning opportunities on offer all the time. Richard showed how to create personalised environments easily to compliment your sensory room or studio? Click on the button to see Richard’s course notes.