New Zealand

Multi Sensory Learning - engaging and creative sensory spaces!

 20 July 2017 – Auckland – New Zealand

A sensory curriculum for all!

In this first session, Richard will outline the principles of multisensory learning. We’ll look at the importance of a sensory curriculum – and what this means in everyday practice. Richard will look at why our learners need sensory stimulation and this interactive session will show you how learners can engage through fun, appropriate and regulated sensory stimulation. He will finish by looking at our understanding of how the brain works – and how this knowledge is changing and reinforcing our sensory approaches to learning.

What are learning styles?

Richard will show you why using a learning styles approach is appropriate to our special learners. He’ll share how a positive approach can enable us to identify a learner’s strengths and possible barriers to engagement, to ensure continued progress. He will show you how to use this information to personalise a child’s learning pathway.

Creating engaging sensory environments!

Every room is a sensory room, but how can we modify an environment like a classroom to ensure that pupils are able to fully participate in the learning experiences we offer?  Richard has a plethora of ideas and strategies for building sensory spaces – from large scale productions to the smallest sensory environments! Embedding digital/mobile technology into your teaching space also delivers an inclusive/interactive element, which we will also consider.

Sensory on a shoestring.

Sensory tools doesn’t have to be expensive!   There are many things from pound shops and, of course, suppliers like Ikea/Tiger/Look Sharp, which can be used in engaging sensory sessions. From powerful motivators, to attention-getters and story-makers, Richard shows how these shoestring tools contribute to a holistic sensory approach.

Sensory Stories

A sensory story is a vehicle used to deliver multiple outcomes such as relaxation, specific learning targets, interaction, sharing with others…the list can be endless! But there is much more to sensory stories than picking up a book and reading it! To engage our learners it needs to be multi sensory, but how multisensory does it need to be? In this fun and engaging session, we look at the importance of ‘bite size’ stories,  why repetition is your friend, how to use digital/mobile technology to enhance the interactiveness of a story and why letting go of just getting from the front to the back of a book is crucial!

To book any of these courses contact Julie King by email at

nzjulieking@gmail.com

Sensory Approaches for Autism

To book any of these courses contact Julie King by email at

nzjulieking@gmail.com

21 July 2017 – Auckland – New Zealand

Creating sensory spaces for pupils with autism

For sensory ‘seekers’ and ‘avoiders’, Richard looks at how to develop positive sensory environments to promote engagement & learning.  He’ll cover a range of ideas & strategies, which will enable you to create sensory environments that build on the individual’s learning strengths – from the biggest to the very smallest sensory spaces.  Richard will link evidence gained from sensory investigation and profiling, to a range of appropriate sensory ideas and learning opportunities to promote attention, engagement and communication.

Environmental  audit session.

Environmental influences can have a huge impact on successful learning for a  pupil with autism, who may experience sensory sensitivity, processing and perceptual differences.  Richard shares an Environmental Audit, which will tell you how “autism/sensory impairment friendly” your classroom/learning space is – and how you can adapt this.  Richard will also offer practical advice on increasing or decreasing sensory stimulus for learners who need specific cues to help pupils make ‘sense’  of their environment

Sensory Communication.

Richard delivers a  fun practical session, which will remind you of the reasons why we need to develop a wider range of opportunities for communication success – and share some of the frustrations our learners feel when trying to become communication experts!

Sensory Stories

A sensory story is a vehicle used to deliver multiple outcomes such as relaxation, specific learning targets, interaction, sharing with others…the list can be endless! But there is much more to sensory stories than picking up a book and reading it! To engage our learners it needs to be multi sensory, but how multisensory does it need to be? In this fun and engaging session, we look at the importance of ‘bite size’ stories,  why repetition is your friend, how to use digital/mobile technology to enhance the interactiveness of a story and why letting go of just getting from the front to the back of a book is crucial!

iPads & mobile technology for sensory learners

28 th July 2017 – Auckland – New Zealand

The opportunities iPads & mobile devices offer both our learners, and our practitioners, are vast and mostly untapped by schools. Richard has a huge armoury of ‘tried and tested’ apps and online training resources to share how to use iPad apps for sensory learning, visual stimulation, hearing loss, interaction, communication development, curriculum links, and sensory stories – without downloading a thousand apps! This day is aimed at practitioners working with all ASD and other special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).   We will use a mixture of detailed presentations, illustrative video & practical demonstration. Questions from the delegates are positively encouraged!

Richard will begin by looking at why tablets offer our sensory learners incredible opportunities, then continue with some apps that just make you go ‘WOW!’  We will then go on to looking at access settings, which are crucial for anybody using an iPad for sensory work.  We’ll look at how portable tablets can help practitioners understand more about sensory loss and autism and you will see film of iPads in action, providing sensory stimulation for students with SEND. Richard demonstrates different ideas for sensory stimulation using iPads, including apps for visual stimulation which deliver just the right amount sensory information and how the iPad can be used to create engaging sound environments.

Richard will show how iPads can be used for making engaging ‘sensory stories,’ from basic one liners to more complex books. We will see some of the best ready made story apps and then move on to show how iPads can be used for creating your own stories.

You’ll look at how to connect iPads, and some other Android tablets, to small inexpensive projectors, which can be used at home or school to make the learning experience much more appropriate. We’ll see why many schools are using iPads and Android devices to create immersive learning spaces for a fraction of the cost of commercially available immersive rooms. Richard will show you how to create iPad environments which are not only easy, but irresistible to our learners.

We’ll also look at using switches with your iPad, which will increase accessibility to communication, environmental control & more.

To book any of these courses contact Julie King by email at

nzjulieking@gmail.com