University of Edinburgh

Masterclass: The Sensory Curriculum for very Special Learners: Past, Present and Future

Presented on Tuesday, 13th February 2018 at Thistle Wing Annexe, Larbert


Crash, bang, wallop, spin, sparkle, leap and smell!

Flo Longhorn is a Principal Consultant in special education with particular reference to complex needs, profound autism and multisensory curriculum. She has worked across the age range for 51 years and has travelled the world with her innovative and exciting approaches to the most special of learners.

Flo's written works encompass 22 books on sensory education and are all still in print

This masterclass offered an intense, exhilarating, information-packed training day including the latest research in assessment and curricula from across the UK.

Participants said:

"So many new ideas to go back to school with, I can see lots of things that will be done differently in my school."

"Flo was thoroughly engaging during her whole presentation. Her varied methods of presentation and wonderful stories were superb."

"Best course ever."

Target Audience

Teachers of the visually impaired, teachers in special schools/nurseries, educational psychologists, support staff and parents/carers.


Flo Longhorn, Consultant and Author in Special Education


10.05 am Overview of the day from Flo

10.15 am Sensory surprises - provoking curiosity and engaging the learner

10.35 am Past, future and now

10.50 am Updating the sensory processes

11.20 am Awakening the senses - the sensory brain from sensing to perceiving

11.50 am Kick-starting the thinking process using sensory approaches, from perceiving to cognition

1.15 pm Creative literate environments, sensory literacy, sounds and stories

2.00 pm Sensology rules okay! The Sensory Workout

2.15 pm Sensory wellbeing - I am!

3.10 pm Awaking and delighting the senses - case studies

3.30 pm Plenary, Course Evaluation and close