University of Edinburgh

Sensory Stories - Design, Development and Delivery for the Learner with Complex Needs

Presented on Friday, 9th September 2016


The day explored good practice in the design, development and, in particular, the delivery of Sensory Stories to individuals and groups with complex needs, including:

The definition of a sensory story and how it varies from other narrative approaches.

The benefits of sensory stories.

  • Relevant research in this area.
  • Sensory story rules. The rules comprised the main body of the day and were outlined in detail with lots of examples and ideas.
  • The use of PowerPoint for sensory stories.
  • Linking habilitation skills to Curriculum for Excellence.
  • The best use of technology to support sensory stories.


Participants said:

"Good to hear theory behind what was being shared. Challenged misconceptions."

"I found it all very interesting, however seeing the technology and how it works was fascinating."

"Bursting with so many ideas."

Target Audience

Those working with children/young people with complex needs, including Teachers, ASN Assistants, Early Year Practitioners, Habilitation Specialists, Associate Health Professionals, Voluntary Organisations, Social Services Staff, Parents/Carers.


Tony Jones, Managing Director, TalkSense; Author of ‘Language, Learning, Living’, ‘Discovery’, ‘ViP’, ‘SmartAAC’, ‘SimpleAAC’, ‘IMPACT - Implementing Augmentative Communication Training’.