The Sensory Festival once again brings together a community of parents and practitioners to collaborate, experiment, create and share exciting new ideas and ways of working with learners with complex needs, autism and SEND.
As we transition out of Lockdown and back into the classroom, The Sensory Festival will create and share simple sensory ideas and strategies to support:
- re-engagement in learning
- the emotional resilience of learners
- re-building and maintaining relationships
for all pupils with complex needs, autism and SEND.
Our Sensory Festival will be FUN and inspire you to create amazing sensory resources, hear new ideas and discover practical strategies you can use straight away.
It will be a weekend of online learning and collaboration with colleagues worldwide!
The format of the Festival will be based upon a series of video presentations; online workshops for you to choose; Zoom question & answer sessions and a Festival chat room.
Binge-watch the video presentations over the weekend or catch up with them all during the week following the Festival!
There will be networking opportunities for all Festival-goers to share; discuss; question; listen; debate; collaborate and problem solve during the Festival weekend.
Comprehensive selection of video presentations for you to view
We will continue to have a variety of video presentations but these will be a more standardised length of time: 20 – 25 minutes. We’ll also be adding a pdf of key points and messages from each presentation, so you can decide which videos are a priority for you to view – and have a crib sheet to download for you to add your notes to whilst watching.
Our confirmed contributors to this Festival include:
Flo Longhorn – details coming soon!
Les Staves – ‘The physical acts of thinking’
Dr. Sarah Moseley – ‘Foundations of reading: how to develop pre requisite and emergent reading skills for our most complex learners.’
Pete Wells – ‘Gerry Germ goes to Town!’ A Sensory Story for the Covid era!’
Andy Pidcock – ‘Using the power and drama of music in SEND – Part Two!’
Nick Sheffield – ‘The Engagement Model’
Simply Sensory – ‘Funk up your classroom to engage teens with complex SEND’
Simply Sensory – ‘Bring the environment to your learner’
Chris Barson – ‘Why is change such a problem for learners with Autism? What kind of help works?’
Russell Smith – ‘Getting the basics right: how to get the best out of your iPad!’
Clive Smith – ‘Demystifying the proprioceptive and vestibular senses – and why they are important!’
Clive Smith – ‘Safe Spaces – why you need one and how to make one!’
Katie Fielding – ‘We’re not just PLAYING!’
Max Pierrett – ‘Blooming with Autism’
Bev Cockbill – ‘Sensory resources to support the Recovery Curriculum.’
Tigger Pritchard – ‘Sources of sensory irritation at home: what these could be and how to reduce them.’
Sarah Hall, Willows Sensory Service – ‘Sensory Suggestions for Transition.’
Dawn Brown, Assistant Head Greenside School – ‘Using remote teaching to promote inclusive community learning.’
Penny Earp, Wairoa School Bondi NSW – ‘Going Green: making personalised social stories using green screen technology.’
Lynne Castle, St Giles School – ‘Activities, Communication, Creative, Environment, Sensory, Stimulation 4 ALL!’
Jen Steptoe, Farifields School – ‘The 2020 Classroom: Practitioner Tips and Tricks for Adapted Multisensory Learning’
Mark Gray, Mark Gray Associates – ‘Using a person centred sensory approach to reduce negative behaviors and anxiety’
Caroline Hill, Making SENse Creative Services – ‘Creating a sensory cube: for exploring stories and new experiences’
Carrie Lennard, The Improvise Approach – ‘Active participation in music making: opening a new space for students to express themselves through music’
We’ll be updating this as more presenters confirm their presentations!
These include: Alex Lopiccolo, The King of Swing!
Online Workshops with Carol Allen and Richard Hirstwood
Our online workshops were really popular during the last Festival! This time Carol and Richard are offering:
‘Ten Top Sensory Ideas’
‘Beyond the classroom – making the most of other spaces for learning and teaching’
Richard will again start each day with a ‘Welcome and Introduction to the Day’ session.
In this Festival we are offering four Panel Discussions via Zoom on the specific topics below:
Implementation of the Engagement Model – with Nick Sheffield, Carol Allen & Richard Hirstwood
Transition within the curriculum – with Carol Allen, Simply Sensory, Nick Sheffield & Richard Hirstwood
Teaching Reading to ALL – Dr. Sarah Moseley, Les Staves, Carol Allen and Richard Hirstwood
Learners with autism and transition: Chris Barson, Clive Smith & Richard Hirstwood
We’ll also be sharing further information with you on how to get the very best of these Zoom sessions.
The Festival Chat Room will once again be open for the duration of the Festival weekend! Please come along, introduce yourself and make a friend.
This Community is where you can ask a question, share your thoughts and interact with other like-minded Sensory Festival goers!
Chat Room Competition!
In July we asked you to join the ‘Sensory Invention Test’ – what will it be in October?! Details to be announced!