Our senses play a vital role in living and learning. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how our learners receive and understand the information their senses send to them.
This course looks in-depth at each of our eight senses and how we use them. We explain how learners with severe/complex learning needs, sensory impairments and/or autism may experience barriers to learning and explore practical strategies to reduce these barriers, including the use of repetition.
- Introduction and course structure
- Course outline
- Your expectations of this course
Module 1: An introduction to multisensory learning
- An Introduction to Multisensory Learning
- Our Sensory System
- Sensory Issues and Learning
- What is Multisensory learning?
- Why do learners with SEND need multisensory stimulation?
Module 2: Our sensory system and the eight senses
- The eight senses
Module 3: Sensory impairment and barriers to learning
- Learners with a general sensory impairment
- Learners with a visual impairment
- Learners with a hearing loss
- Learners who are tactile defensive
- Learners with autism
Module 4: Repetition and neuroscience in multisensory learning
- Repetition and neuroscience
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.
It gave me a different perspective on children with visual and profound hearing loss.
The videos and information provided are extremely relative to all the students I teach/that attend my school. The language is very inclusive, and the explanations given are clear and easy to understand/put into perspective.
This course covered all the senses and how we can create a successful learning environment in our classrooms to make the experience for our learners engaging and worthwhile.
The most beneficial part of the course was learning about the senses in greater depth.