Delivering a SENsory Curriculum

Do you have the best strategies to maximise the impact of any sensory environment on an individual’s learning opportunities?


An introduction to sensory learning. What are learning styles? How can we identify a learner’s strengths and possible barriers to learning to ensure continued progress? How can we modify the environment ensure full participation in the learning experiences?

Building a sensory classroom.  Most learners with moderate/complex needs/autism need  a consistent sensory learning environment. How can we adapt a classroom environment to deliver this? From small scale sensory environments to bigger themed teaching & learning spaces, we share ideas which include embedding mobile technology.

Using a multi sensory room effectively. Understanding how to best use key pieces of multi sensory equipment will maximise the impact of your space. Viewing each piece of equipment as a ‘tool’, which can produce a specific outcome, will ensure that sensory objectives are clear and targets met.

Sensory on a shoestring. Sensory equipment doesn’t have to be expensive! There are many things from Poundland, Tiger & Ikea which are powerful motivators when used with techniques and specific outcomes in mind.

Richard Hirstwood

IMG_0850 Richard’s training courses have, and continue to be, experienced worldwide. His extensive experience is based on practical knowledge, giving him insight into what works and what doesn’t in multi sensory practice. Regular sessions with children and adults with autism and all additional needs in a variety of multi sensory rooms, and more recently iPads, enable him to maintain this level of excellent practice. His YouTube channels are viewed by over one million people every year and he constantly updates his ideas movies and papers. He was the co-author of ‘The practical guide to multi sensory rooms’ in 1995 and has continued to create both offline and online content, his latest being a 7 hour online training course for iPads. His enthusiasm for his subject and his sensory skills are endless!


‘simple ideas for building attention building activities’ – S Jamieson

‘Sensory technology doesn’t have to be expensive!’ – J Montgomery

‘Background information on how the brain functions – backing up why we do what we do!’ – C Broomfield

‘Extensive range of sensory activites/gadgets & ideas for engagement’ – I Simpson

‘Great ideas on how to set up a classroom sensory environment’ – S Duffin










When and where?

19 May 2016 – Cardiff

26 May 2017 – London

6 June 2017 – Edinburgh

9 June 2016 – Preston

23 June 2017 – Newcastle

Who Should attend? This will be appropriate for colleagues from special schools, mainstream schools, EYFS settings and adult services.

Cost? The course costs £225 plus VAT per place, including a lovely lunch and all refreshments!

Course notes? All pertinent presentations & movies from the day will be available to you to continue your learning journey long after the training has finished!

Times & housekeeping – The day begins at 9am for coffee and registration, with the course starting at 9.30am. We will finish around 3.30pm. All refreshments & a lovely lunch will be provided.