Sensory Learning Journeys

Steve Briggs, a previous Principal of Beaumont College, Lancaster was an inspiration to many, including myself. I listened to him talk about creating “a rich density of non-contingent reinforcement”. I just agreed and thought what a great idea… but inevitably thought, what is he on about? Of course, what he was seeking was perfection in…

Fibre Optics – Touching is important

“Trailing strands of cascading colour” is a very romantic way to describe fibre optics, but the effect is visually stunning. The colour changing tubes transmit no heat or electricity, which makes them very safe to handle. They are a great alternative to any mains-powered lighting, which is unsafe to touch. This is the key to…

Think of a number

If I said to you that I was going to construct a studio in your school, centre or home, what would you think? A studio, what kind? Music, drama, art, dance, television, or even a creative science lab could come to mind. Like many multisensory environments, much of the equipment used in a sensory theme…

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  Communication Passports – Part 2 (Resources) A communication passport is mainly aimed at non-verbal PMLD learners, but it could also be used with learners who are autistic.  There are lots of free resources available online to help you create a communication passport. CALL Scotland provides a series of freely downloadable templates in Microsoft PowerPoint…

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  Communication Passports – Part 1 Communication is a basic need.  Without it, life has less meaning.  With most of our PMLD learners communication should be their focus, so it makes sense to have a communication passport. Communication passports were developed by the Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning ‘CALL’ Centre by Sally Millar back in 1991. A book…

Autism aware

Autism Baselines There are so many tick lists out there, they are all over the internet.  Many of these sheets will tell you that a person is autistic or has autism. Our colleague Chris Barson (who has created many online courses for us) has a different approach to baseline information. However, it could still be…