University of Edinburgh

Webinar: Multi-Sensory Stimulation for Learners with a Visual Impairment and Complex Needs

Presented on Friday, 3rd February 2017


In this two-hour webinar Associate Professor Paul Pagliano shared his ideas on why, how and when multi-sensory stimulation can assist the child with a visual impairment and complex additional support needs to make better sense of the objects, events and people in his or her world. Paul is particularly interested in whether it is only the additional support needs that delay development or whether there is more going on under the surface that creates a form of learned sensory helplessness. Topics included: exploring sensory thresholds; theories to explain how a child uses his or her senses to make sense of the world; and tools educators can employ to enable the disengaged child to transform learned sensory helplessness into learned sensory optimism.

Target Audience

Educators, parents and allied health professionals who work with or care for children with a visual impairment and other additional support needs, including combinations of visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning difficulties, communication disorders, physical difficulties, behaviour disorders and/or stereotypical behaviours.


Paul Pagliano, Associate Professor, College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University, Australia. Author of several books including, Using a Multisensory Environment: A Practical Guide for Teachers.