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. We include a safety briefing.
Module 1 – Safety first
- Photosensitive epilepsy
- Light sensitivity
- Back projection
Module 2 – Top cheap and cheerful sensory tools
- Sound and vibration speakers
- Glitter tubes
- Coloured lights
- Spinning balls
- Sound to light box
- Salad spinner
- Ultraviolet light
- Shadow board
- Sensory books
- Sensory light boxes
Module 3 – Portable sensory environments
- Introduction to sensory corners
- Tent environment
- Umbrella environment
- Laundry baskets
- Black boxes
- Cardboard boxes
Richard Hirstwood is the founder of and lead consultant for Hirstwood Training.
He 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.
His extensive experience is based on practical knowledge, giving him insight into what works and what doesn’t in multisensory practice. Regular sessions with children and adults with autism and all additional needs in a variety of multisensory and classroom settings enable him to maintain this level of excellent practice.
This was so practical I can’t wait to get started.
It has given me a number of light bulb moments on how I am going to use audio visual lighting and iPads when we return to school!
Really enjoyed this course and will apply ideas to my teaching practice.
This is my favourite course so far. Lots of brilliant ways to prolong the use of equipment and have learned about new everyday items that make really good affordable and portable resources. I also did not know about back projection.
For me, the most beneficial part of the course was putting the light spinner in a box – we have broken so many of these!