Storytelling Through the Senses
Rhyming Multisensory Stories connect individuals with special educational needs and disabilities to literature, culture and topic in a fun and engaging way that is meaningful to their lives.
Storytelling builds a unique bond between the storyteller and the story explorer, enriching and enhancing experiences as they share their adventures together.
The stories promote attention, eye-contact, listening and anticipation skills, provide the opportunity to explore cause and effect, making choices, asking for 'more' or 'help' and form an excellent base on which to scaffold learning enabling the individual to work towards personal goals and targets.
Listening to rhythm and rhyme supports memory and aids learning, promotes communication and language development and the learning of new concepts.
The stories are told through the senses using sensory stimuli, (story props) that are low budget items found around the home, classroom, garden and outdoors. This stimuli provides new experiences to calm and alert the sensory system in a safe, therapeutic environment enabling the individual to have voice in exploring and expressing their likes, dislikes and sensory preferences.
Their fully resourced, step-by-step format make them accessible to Parents, Guardians, Childminders, Carers, Early Years Educators, Teachers, HLTA’s, TA's, Speech Therapists, Play Therapists, Support Workers, Activity Coordinators, Librarians and anyone with an interest in exploring storytelling through the senses.
Each story includes themed, sensory extension activities linking to areas of the curriculum making the resources ideal for use in Early Years, Primary settings, EAL and speech and language students as they are tailored to meet the needs of a range of abilities from curious pre-schoolers to adolescents with complex needs.