University of Edinburgh

Bibliography - Sensory Play


Beckerleg, Tracey
Fun with messy play: ideas and activities for children with special needs
Jessica Kingsley, 2009
ISBN: 9781843106418
Messy play is a vital way for children with special needs to develop their sensory awareness of the world.  This is a practical resource for parents and professionals.

Champagne, Tina
Effects of the use of the sensory room in psychiatry
OT Innovations, 2003
Explores the expansion of the use of sensory rooms to acute inpatient mental health care settings with varied populations.

Clunies-Ross, Louise ... [et al]
Look and touch: play activities and toys for children with visual impairment
RNIB, 1987
Focuses on different play activities, describing how children of different ages & with various eye conditions can be encouraged to develop through play.  Includes info on specialist & non-specialist toys useful for VI children.

Coleman, Mike
Play it right: creating and adapting toys and games for children who are visually impaired and have additional disabilities
RNIB, 2001
ISBN: 1858783941
How to turn everyday objects and toys into playthings for children with MDVI; cheaply, easily and with no special skills.

Ferguson, Diane & Young, Haidee
Exploring multi-sensory rooms: a practitioners hands-on guide
Spacekraft, 2000
A guide to all aspects of multi-sensory environments from selecting equipment to assessing needs and setting objectives.

Haughton, Liz & Mackevicius, Sandie
I'm posting the pebbles: active learning through play for children who are blind or vision impaired
RVIB, 2001
ISBN: 0949390585
Different types of play & activities are examined and suggested for good learning opportunities for children who have visual impairments.

Haughton, Liz & Mackevicius, Sandie
Little steps to learning: play in the home for children who are blind or vision impaired
RVIB, 2004
ISBN: 0949390615
This book explores active learning through everyday play for children from 0-3 years who have a visual impairment.

Hirstwood, Richard & Gray, Mark
Practical guide to the use of multi-sensory rooms
Toys for the Handicapped, 1995
ISBN: 0952687704
A very practical book which highlights the advantages and disadvantages of approaches and equipment used multi-sensory rooms.

Hulsegge, Jan & Verheul, Ad
Snoezelen: another world
Rompa UK, 1987
ISBN: 0951282107
A practical book of sensory experience environments.

Lear, Roma
Play helps: toys and activities for children with special needs
Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996
ISBN: 0750625228
Sourcebook of ideas for toys for children with special needs.

Longhorn, Flo
Enhancing education through the use of ultraviolet light and fluorescing materials
Catalyst Educational Resources , 1997
ISBN: 19002312555
Ideas for use with children who have complex needs.

Longhorn, Flo
Sensology workout: waking up the senses
Flo Longhorn, 2007
ISBN: 1900231964
About the use of and development of the senses for learning, particularly for children who have severe disabilities.

Longhorn, Flo (ed)
Making friends with Johanna: communicating with very special people
Flo Longhorn, 2003
ISBN: 1900231018
This book describes a family approach to communicating with a very special person, Johanna, showing how there are many natural ways of communicating with her.

Loumiet, Robin & Levack, Nancy
Independent living: a curriculum with adaptations for students with visual impairments: Volume III: Play and leisure (2nd ed)
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1993
ISBN: 1880366037
Part of three volumes concentrating on daily living, social skills and play & leisure.

McMahon, Linnet
Handbook of play therapy
Routledge, 1992
ISBN: 0415059860
Introduction to the theory and practice of play therapy.

McPhail, Pete
Soundbeam in special education: movement into music
Soundabout, [2003]
Soundbeam is a musical instrument which can be played by children with special needs through use of movement in space from very minimal such as eye movements through to dancing.  This book allows teachers to get the most from their equipment.

Newman, Sarah
Stepping out: using games and activities to help your child with special needs
Jessica Kingsley, 2004
ISBN: 1843101106
Provides parents and carers with practical advice on games and activities which will help improve their child's development

Orr, Robert
My right to play: a child with complex needs
Open University Press, 2003
ISBN: 0335211704
Series: Debating play

Pagliano, Paul
Multisensory environments
David Fulton, 1999
ISBN: 1853465534
A textbook approach to multisensory environments, looking at the background, design & construction, curriculum development, future possibilities and research.

Pagliano, Paul
Using a multisensory environment: a practical guide for teachers
David Fulton, 2001
ISBN: 1853467162
This book provides teachers and therapists with a user-friendly bank of ideas and suggestions for use in the MSE for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. (Series: Resource materials for teachers)

Riddick, Barbara
Toys and play for the handicapped child
Croom Helm, 1982
ISBN: 0709902921
Analyses the role of play in a child's development and discusses a variety of toys and activities. Series: Croom Helm Special Education

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Play it my way: learning through play with your visually impaired child
HMSO, 1995
ISBN: 0117016764
Contains a wealth of ideas for carers bringing up a VI child with multiple disabilities,  teachers, etc.  The ideas, toys and materials have all been used successfully in the home. 

Play talks: fun ideas to promote communication through play
Scope, 2004
ISBN: 094682892X
This pack as been designed to offer help to parents/carers and professionals to find practical ways for a young child with movement difficulties to communicate through play.

Wainer, Hilary; Stormont, Bobbie; Marks, Christine
TAC PAC: communication through touch
"Tactile approach to communication" Set of audio CDs, Activity cards and manual.



Bain, Janice
Toys: more than child's play
Insight May/Jun 2008, No 15, p43-44
Describes a toy library service in Fife.

Brill, Sheila
My learning wall: my dad made it
Information Exchange March 1998, Vol 2 (52)
Home made toys/activity ideas for children with complex needs.

Brown, P Margaret & Remine, Maria D
Building pretend play skills in toddlers with and without hearing loss: Maternal scaffolding styles
Deafness and Education International 2004, Vol 6 (3), p129-153
Research into the involvement of hearing mothers in their child's pretend play.  Both hearing and deaf children are included in the study.

Bruce, Tina
Childhood play and adult creativity: could there be a link?
Visability Summer 2003, No 38, p14-15
Discusses a variety of scenarios children use for creative play.

Bruce, Tina
Rags to riches? Just pretend ...
Look Spring 2006, No 43, p13-14
Looks at using "treasure baskets" full of playthings (ie, commonplace objects) to promote imaginative play.

Buultjens, Marianna & Ferguson, Roseann
Let’s play together
British Journal of Visual Impairment 1994, Vol 12 (3)
Outline of the initial findings from the first year of a study of how young blind children may be helped to develop exploratory skills.

Coleman, Mike
Creating your own multisensory environment
Eye Contact Spring 2002, No 32, p31-32
Tips for people interested in making a sensory environment in their homes.

Comerford, Margaret
Seeing the light: a visual stimulation programme
Eye Contact Summer 2003, No 36, p20-22
Using multisensory environments and techniques to help stimulate vision in children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment.

Denziloe, Judy
Making sense of play: part one
Insight Mar/Apr 2010, No 26, p18-20
Features the types of play that are appropriate in sensory rooms.

Denziloe, Judy
Making sense of play: part two
Insight May/Jun 2010, No 27, p29-31
Explains how to make a really good sensory room and where you can save money by shopping around and using everyday items.

Ferguson, Roseann & Buultjens, Marianna
Play behaviour of young blind children and its relationship to developmental stages
British Journal of Visual Impairment November 1995, Vol 13 (3)
Observations of play behaviour in young blind children revealing a number of significant correlations between play categories and the Reynell-Zinkin Developmental Scales.

Fuller, Chris
With bubble wrap and bottle tops ... how Bag Books began
Insight Jul/Aug 2009, No 22, p14-16
The story behind the creation of the multisensory stories charity "Bag Books".

Hall, Pam
Learning through play: early cause and effect activities
Eye Contact Autumn 2003, No 37, p12-14
Activities to help children who are learning to control a switch and develop towards intentional communication.

Hirstwood, Richard
Communication in multi-sensory rooms
Focus Feb 1998, No 23, p20-31
Discusses communication options within the multisensory room.

Kewin, Joe
Snoezelen: the reasons and the method
Information Exchange July 1996, Vol 47, p24-28
An extract from the book "Sensations and disability" by Joe Kewin & Roger Hutchinson.  Looks at the reasons why you might use sensory environments with people who have multiple disabilities.

MacEwan, Katriona
Radio resource for the classroom
Eye Contact Spring 2005, No 41, p13-15
Using radio storytelling to stimulate children's listening skills.

McCall, Steve & McLinden, Mike
Literacy journey
Insight Jul/Aug 2009, No 22, p17-18
Considers what is meant by literacy for children with a visual impairment and additional and complex needs and how to provide the right environment for literacy to develop.

McDonald, Suzy & Bell, Judy
Enjoying time together
Insight Jan/Feb 2008, No 13, p27-29
Highlights specialist play centres with multisensory play for families and school groups.

McLarty, Marion
Play: are we getting it right?
Eye Contact Summer 1996, No 15, p13-14
Looks at how play is used in educational settings for children with multiple disabilities and whether it is always appropriate for the child.

Pagliano, Paul
Multi-sensory environment: an open-minded space
British Journal of Visual Impairment Sept 1998, Vol 16 (3), p105-109
Staff at an Australian special school look at the usage of a multisensory environment in the school.

Pagliano, Paul
Pleasure, happiness and learning in the multisensory environment
Insight Nov/Dec 2007, No 12, p32-33
The last of three articles by the author on the enjoyment factor of multisensory environments and the positive effect this has on learning.

Pagliano, Paul
Where next for multisensory environments?
Insight Jul/Aug 2007, No 10, p36-38
Considers the state of current research into the use of multisensory environments with children.

Pagliano, Paul & Cook, James
Understanding and using multisensory environments
Insight Sept/Oct 2007, No 11, p30-31
Puts forward a working definition of MSEs and how they can be used to build on the brain's ability to repair itself.

Panter, Anna
Let the fun begin: communicating through touch the TACPAC way
Eye Contact Summer 2004, No 39, p31-34
A programme of music and tactile experiences for children with profound and multiple disabilities as a means of promoting body awareness and improving communication.

Pinkney, Lesley
Multisensory environments
Eye Contact Autumn 2001, No 31, p24-26
Multi-sensory environments can enable children with multiple disabilities to explore their sensory awareness and allow teachers to evaluate performance and development.

Ralphs, Wendy
Friendship and play in a mainstream primary school
Visability Summer 2005, No 44, p21-23
Describes an individualised programme which has helped one pupil to develop friendship and play skills.

Verbrugge, Gerry & Brotherdale, Nicola
Planning a multi-sensory lesson
Eye Contact Summer 1999, No 24, p17-20
Describes a multi-sensory lesson using an inter-disciplinary team.