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Three courses aimed at teachers, teaching assistants and educational practitioners working with learners with multi sensory impairments. We cover the role of the senses in learning; using sensory stories; and sensory on a shoestring and creating portable sensory spaces.

These courses are aimed at special schools and specialist provisions working with learners with complex needs; autism and SEND. They are suitable for teaching assistants, teachers, therapists and other educational practitioners.

Led by Richard Hirstwood who is passionate about enabling educators/practitioners to maximise the impact of delivering sensory learning opportunities, in a sensory room or other learning environments, with the resources available to them.

In ‘The Senses and Learning’ we look at each of our eight senses and how we use them. We explain how learners with sensory impairments and/or autism may experience barriers to learning and explore practical strategies to reduce these barriers, including the use of repetition.  Continuing with ‘Creating Engaging Sensory Stories’ Richard outlines the key characteristics of a sensory story and why you might wish to use this method of storytelling to support multisensory learning in your classroom.  We finish with ‘Sensory on a shoestring and portable enviornments’ – a two-part course showcasing some of the best low-cost sensory tools and how to use these low cost sensory resources in resourceful teaching and learning.  Richard suggests a variety of portable sensory learning environments you can create.

A full course curriculum, details about your tutors and testimonials are available by clicking the individual course below.

The Senses and Learning

The Senses and Learning –  £36 (Single Ticket) or included in all Bundles – Our senses play a vital role in living and learning.  It is important to understand how our learners receive and understand the information that their senses send to them. In ‘The Senses and Learning’ we look in-depth at each of our…

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Creating engaging sensory stories

Creating Engaging Sensory Stories £36 (Single Ticket) or part of the Literacy and Sensory Learning bundle – A guide for teachers and teaching assistants working with children and young adults with complex needs, autism and SEND. For all learners, with or without SEND, sensory stories can be much more interactive and engaging than stories read…

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Sensory on a shoestring and portable sensory environment

Sensory on a shoestring and portable sensory environments –  £48 (Single Ticket) and part of the Sensory Learning Bundle – This course showcases some of the best low-cost sensory tools. Informative videos show how to create engaging sensory learning activities. We suggest a variety of portable sensory learning environments. A safety briefing is included. Single…

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Online learning: practicalities

 

Each course contains a mixture of video, text, photos, infographics, downloadable resources and a quiz.

 

Modules within the course end with a summary of key points

 

Each module includes Reflective Practice activities

 

Learning can be accessed in any location, on any device, at any time

 

A side bar indicates progress through the course

 

All movies are closed captioned in English

 

On completion of each course a certificate can be downloaded and printed

 

Each individual staff member has their own login 

 

Learning is flexible and convenient 

 

Any learning or reflective practice can be revisited

The Sensory Learning Bundle Costs

Access to the Sensory Learning Bundle is for 12 months – plenty of time to learn when it suits you.

To buy up to 50 users/logins costs £495 plus VAT.

To buy 100 users/logins costs £990 plus VAT.

To buy 150 users/logins costs £1495 plus VAT.

We can give you a quote for numbers inbetween these or more – please email lois@hirstwood.com or call 01524 426395 to discuss a specific number of logins/costs.

Once the number of logins is agreed, a PO number will confirm your order.

To create access for your school or setting we will need:

 

  1. A spreadsheet of names and email addresses of staff who need access to the online learning.  This should be in .xlsx or .csv with separate columns for first name/last name and email address.  Please check that the email addresses are correct!

 

  1. A name and email address for a designated ‘administrator’ for your account.

 

The administrator will be able to track the progress of each individual member of staff through the online learning.

 

Each member of staff will have their own unique account which they will log into using the email address supplied. Once enrolled, staff will receive an email with their login instructions.