Sensory Communication

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Promoting interaction, engagement, and communication.
With Naomi Rosenberg.

Communication is key to most educational objectives but it is a huge challenge for many with autism, PMLD and sensory and physical impairments.  The children and young adults we work with need a positive listening environment to help direct and focus attention with activities that stimulate and encourage interaction. They also need us to develop sensitivity to recognise non-verbal communication and respond in an appropriate way.

Naomi has a plethora of ideas to share. We will explore simple but dynamic ways to use music and sound through a range of activities that will encourage listening, engagement and interaction. From Lycra loops, curriculum links, beads, stories and much more, you’ll have a greater range of ideas at your fingertips to integrate your resonance board into everyday learning activities.

Learning Outcomes

How to –

  • create a good listening environment & why it is so important
  • make sound explicit using a range of sensory clues
  • use vibration with a resonance board or Clonker Board
  • use ‘Dance Massage’, where your hands give a tactile interpretation of music for your pupil/student
  • integrate the use of your resonance board or Clonker Board into classroom activities
  • develop a range of non-verbal communication strategies
  • use sound/music/vibration activities to develop communication
Who will be presenting?

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. A lively & imaginative presenter, she is a Sensory Consultant & initiator of ‘Dance Massage.’

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Previous delegates have said:
  • ‘There is something for every child, age and ability. I loved today. Its good to be able to experience practical things rather than just watching video clips. Naomi is fantastic at what she does and inspiring. Thank you!!’ – Emma Walker, Ickburgh School
  • ‘I really felt that Dance Massage could focus some of my students. All the ideas were low tech, cheap and very effective. The whole day was extremely helpful.’ – Beth Hajdkiewicz, North Ridge High School
  • ‘An excellent day – rarely are courses this valuable and appropriate and fun!’ – Ann Law,  The Bridge School
  • ‘I work with young people who I can straight away see as benefitting from Dance Massage. The course was refreshing, practical and invigorating, well worth coming with lots of new ideas.’ – Anthea Blake , Chapel Road School
  • ‘The workshop was inspiring, collaborative, engaging and practical. A really enjoyable day with lots of lovely ideas to take away.’ – Steph Jones, Dorin Park School
When and where?

Manchester –  14 November 2016

Birmingham – 15 November 2016

London – 18 November 2016

Who should come to this? 

This will be appropriate for colleagues from special schools, mainstream schools, EYFS services and adult provision. 

Course notes?

All pertinent presentations & documents from the day will be available on our website, for you to look at long after the training has finished!

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


The course costs £225 plus VAT per place, including lunch & all refreshments.