Extended Service

We can be very flexible in how we offer this training.  So for example, we could work ‘hands on’ with pupils & staff throughout the day.  Perhaps you’d like a session in the afternoon for staff, then an after school session for parents?  Alternatively, we could offer 3 x mini staff training sessions during the school day for staff in smaller groups for a more intense experience?  How about a ‘clinic’ scenario, where staff can have slots to discuss ideas & implementation with the tutor?  Need specific advice on the sensory provision throughout school? We can do that too! We can also deliver an engaging whole school INSET. It’s up to you!

We’ll create a Vimeo training channel, just for your setting, which is password protected.  Here you’ll find relevant ‘how to’ & tutorial videos, as well as other relevant materials/documents to provide on-going support and training for your staff/colleagues.

As you will be taking 5 days which will offer a significant discount from our normal fee’s.

Call us to discuss how we can deliver a bespoke package of training – tailored to your needs!

Hirstwood Training Ltd, 237 Heysham Road, Heysham, LA3 1NN


01524 426 395

Meet the Team

Richard Hirstwood is the founder and principal tutor for Hirstwood Training. His 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!

Chris Barson founded ‘Positive about Autism’ in January 2009. Prior to that Chris was the External Training Manager with the National Autistic Society in the United Kingdom. Chris has contributed to the design and delivery of courses provided by Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Cumbria, Open University and Napier University Edinburgh.  Chris went to work at the Royal College of General Practitioners, in 2000, where he managed professional development and quality programmes.  Chris is a contributing author to ‘The Autism Spectrum in the 21st Century: Exploring Psychology, Biology and Practice’ Jessica Kingsley Press 2010 (Highly Commended 2011 BMA Medical Book Awards) His wealth of experience in the field of autism has made him a major asset to Hirstwood Training. Chris is often featured on Hirstwood Training’s YouTube channel and his video work with Richard is of the highest quality. Chris is also a fantastic and dynamic presenter with a lively but informative style.

Clive Smith is a principal tutor with Hirstwood Training and has well over 30 years’ experience working with children and adults with Autism and additional needs. Clive has specialised in visual loss, pre-formal learner’s (PMLD/SLD), autism and behavioural support over his long career. His input into the book ‘Dual Sensory Impairment’ in 1995 with Richard was one of first books in the UK to feature a chapter on multi sensory rooms and learning. Clive’s work with education authorities throughout his career has given him plenty of hands on experience. Clive has vast experience with challenging behaviour and his courses are some of the most popular on the Hirstwood Training calendar. Many of Clive’s papers are featured heavily on the Hirstwood Training website and his practical and formal experience is in demand all over the U.K.

Carol Allen is an Advisory Teacher for ICT & SEN and over the years she has taught all ages from babies and pre-school. She has taught, and had senior management responsibility in mainstream secondary; 2-19 special schools for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and a Peripatetic Visual Impairment Team. Her current post allows her to work at all levels and all stages of education both within schools and in business partnerships with companies who develop inclusive products and services. She is always always keen to work with others and share good practice so that all teachers and learners can benefit. All her work is grounded in good, easy to replicate, practical support.

Naomi Rosenberg has been a specialist Teacher of the Deaf for pupils with complex needs, with twenty years experience. During this time, she has created & adapted a massive wealth of activities to bring music and communication to life. Her background as a teacher of the deaf for children with complex needs, has led her to develop a range of dynamic activities to stimulate the senses, encourage communication skills and give opportunities for inclusion. She does the most amazing clonker board workshops and dance massage for nurseries, preschool groups and special schools. Naomi has given hundreds of workshops to share a range of techniques using resonance boards and sound as a wonderful medium for communication.

Judy Denziloe has over 30 years of experience and was one of the first people in the country to develop toy libraries.She works with teams to help them to consider the importance of play and leisure in their lives and some of the challenges we may face when we are trying to offer the same opportunities within SEND, particularly those with profound multiple disabilities and complex needs. Judy is an expert in developing sensory play opportunities for children and adults – bringing a treasure trove of fabulous resources for you to explore!

Russell Smith has over a decade of experience in lecturing, teaching, training and supporting people with a range of disabilities and impairments. He started out as a photography and multimedia lecturer at an SEN College in Coventry, where he was responsible for the planning and delivery of photography and multimedia courses. Russell moved on to work for Widgit Software, and spent time in their office as a technical support and sales agent, later moving out into onsite training and staff development. He created some of the Widgit resources still on sale today! Most recently, Russell, along with his father Steve, have set up ‘Dad in a Shed’, which provides innovative low cost options for people requiring AAC and specialist support. Dad In Also provides training and support and joined Hirstwood Training to provide high quality AAC sessions around the country.