Explore your SENses

Explore your senses

Regional Sensory Courses… 

Each course at each venue will be slightly different, depending on which speakers will be presenting. These days will be driven by you and what you need to know, rather than what we want to talk about! That’s why each day will be different – covering exactly what you need to know!

Topics covered can include –

  • Hit the ground running – why do we need sensory approaches?
  • Designing for  mini sensory spaces – at home or in the classroom
  • Brilliant technology – on a budget!
  • Sensory – on a shoestring!
  • Sensory rooms and environments
  • Brilliant sensory iPad and Android apps
  • Immersive environments
  • Sensory stories
  • Sensory issues and autism
  • Sensory loss & their implications

Agenda for London with Richard Hirstwood & Judy Denziloe – 11 November 2016.

This will be a day with a mix of practical and theory, helping you embed sensory practice not just in a sensory room, but also into everyday activities & other spaces.

An introduction to sensory learning – Richard Hirstwood including learning styles & understanding sensory loss & it’s implications.

The role of sensory equipment – Richard Hirstwood What is it? Is it just bubble tubes & fibre optics? Does it have to be expensive? The answer is no! Anything can be classed as ‘sensory’! We will look at many ideas, from cheap to expensive, and how to use each suggestion really effectively in your sensory space.

‘It’s a material world!’ – Judy Denziloe.  An expert in developing sensory play opportunities, Judy shares easy to replicate ideas on making great sensory play resources – bring a treasure trove for you to explore!

Designing successful sensory spaces – Richard Hirstwood including designated sensory rooms, classrooms or home spaces. How do we design for autism and also learners at P1 – P3 or P4 – P8? What are the reasons why we need colour contrasts, quiet spaces and tactile clues?

These are the key elements of the day, but as always, it will be littered with lots of sensory ideas from torches to tablets. This will be a experiential day: there will be hands-on sessions with sensory equipment as well as using sensory simulations to experience the effects the way your learners do.

Richard Hirstwood

IMG_0850 Will be on every course as 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!

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When and where?

11 November 2016  – London – Richard Hirstwood & Judy Denziloe

18 November 2016 – Manchester – Richard Hirstwood & Clive Smith

January 2016 TBA – Dublin

Who Should attend? – You do not have to be a teacher to attend this course! This is for anybody working or parents with individuals with additional needs, young or old, who really want to expand learning experiences with sensory approaches. As always, the ideas will be appropriate for any skill level – you do not have to be an sensory guru or curriculum expert to have a great day and realise the potential of sensory approaches. This course will also be appropriate for everybody!!!!

Cost? – The course costs £195 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.

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Some of the guest speakers you can meet!

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!

Judy Denziloe

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.


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.

Chris Barson

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.


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.

Carol Allen