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Storytelling In Your Area - London: 2015 onwards

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Since January 2015 we have organised the following multi-sensory storytelling sessions:

Brookfield House School, Waltham Forest. 09/03/17

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 41 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar four of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "They had a good time interacting and exploring. [there was] more talking and repeating words [than I expected]."
  • "Very interactive. They were all involved and enjoyed the session very much. It was fantastic! Some of the pupils who do not like being touched or things being put on their heads were willing and joined in. [In the longer term] they will get used to the storyboard routines and get to know the stories."
  • "The Storyteller understood the needs of the pupils. Each student is given a good amount of time to explore each prop. Good amount of language used. Sessions were brilliant. One of the pupils doesn't normally like new places/situations but he was really engaged in the story so he was happy to stay in the session. One pupil doesn't like touching objects but was happy to feel objects offered to him. It has given a wide selection of staff the chance to see how to deliver a Bag Book so they will be more efficient in their delivery. Students may be more willing to feel new objects in the future."
  • "They worked on: good sitting/taking turns/good listening/exploring. Some students were sitting for longer time than usual."
  • "Items very engaging. Increased attention. Some waited longer than expected. Some increased their focus and attention. [In the longer term] I would like to use it in the classroom."

Manor School, Brent. 02/03/17

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 42 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "We had been doing pirates in class this week so the story 'Pirate Adventure' was perfect. 'The Fairground' was a new experience. One child surprised me by copying key words and making eye contact with a new person. Another gave fascinated looks to the 'wet and slimy' page e.g. what's this board? They all touched it despite sensory issues. We already read Bag Books but to see two new ones was great. We'd love the Pirate one in school."
  • "The children were able to sit in a room for over 10 minutes, enjoying a book being read to them.  They will be able to transfer these skills in the classroom. Many of the children interacted throughout the bag book, e.g. a child made the noise 'oink oink'.  The children touched the props the Storyteller used.  The children also laughed throughout the bag book.  They really enjoyed the 'skunk', they loved sniffing the vinegar. The children were able to identify various animals such as horses, rhinos and so on. The children are now able to recognise different animals and their functions, which is incredible."
  • "The interaction of the pages are great way for the children to be engaged with the story. All the children engaged very well with the story and did not want to get up from their seats and also they seemed very excited every time a new page of the story was presented to them. [In the longer term] it keeps the children engaged when hearing a story. It also gets the children to be familiar with reading a story together in class."
  • "Visual props for children to look at and touch. One learner was sitting drawing but [I was surprised when he] looked at and explored props put in front of him. The children really enjoyed hoop a duck. We will explore different book bag stories in future. Staff now know how to deliver a story."
  • "All able to use their senses while reading - multi-sensory storytelling. All able to sit and listen well."

Sherwood Park School, Sutton. 25/01/17

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 30 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "Some lovely appropriate sensory resources that engaged all students. These were visual, tactile and auditory. Students were actively involved in the progress of the story, "reading" in their own way. E showed real enjoyment, looking at the resources and smiling. J knew how to work some resources and was congratulated by the leader. [The Storyteller] was very well received by students who put their trust in her. We were shown the potential that students have engaging with multi-sensory stories. We have sensory story each week anyway and it was good to see the professional showing us how it is done."
  • "Students were sitting down very calm and they were taking their turn. Students used prompts/ switches to support the story. Students were engaged. All of them were quiet and interacted with the props used. They followed actions. Great intensive interaction with [the Storyteller who] was amazing! She had the kids in a calm atmosphere and they were really engaged, Thank you so much. [In the longer term this will help] improve their listening and understanding skills through stories. Improve their interaction with others and their peers in the class."
  • "The children were really engaged with props and storyteller. Very good pace. D engaged by finding all the fish and signing. Good for engagement, pleasure, reading, group work and communication.
  • "Interactive, sensory, interesting things to look at. One of boys reached out when given props and let go with gestural prompting - one of his assessment targets."
  • "The story enabled them to take turns exploring sensory props. They developed their attention skills and focus, had contact with with different people - developing social skills. Developing early reading and listening skills. All of them were very engaged and focused. Showed real enthusiasm for the activity. HJ interacted more than usual."

Hillingdon Manor School, Hillingdon. 30/11/16

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 24 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all bar two of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "The stories were engaging with great intonation from [the Storyteller]. Tactile and concrete materials. Kept even the lowest abilities entertained. The most important indicator of satisfaction was seen in the engagement of children for half an hour. Two of the seven would not normally engage for the length of time required yet they sat, listened and touched all materials. Brilliant to see. [In the longer term this will] help with their engagement in reading books."
  • "Encouraged the participants to use spontaneous communication and included all students, verbal or non verbal. Great multi-sensory experience. A student who is sensitive to touch was happy to let the storyteller hold his hand to touch the multi-sensory book. Another student who is nervous around people became more confident and seemed to enjoy the session. [In the longer term this] will improve their attention and listening skills. From this session I think they will also be able to comprehend what happened in the stories."
  • "Each child became more involved the more the story unfolded. The whole class was very focused and eagerly awaiting next page. We have a pupil who finds it hard to be engaged - he was fully focused for the full 20 mins! [In the longer term this will help] enable us to try to incorporate more visuals/hands-on in stories to enhance comprehension."
  • "Very sensory - perfect for ICLSD."

Ickburgh School, Hackney. 30/09/16

A Build-A-Book day involving six children with severe learning disabilities. The teacher commented,“Our students experienced activities and used tools they wouldn't be able to use otherwise- such as a drill, glue gun, stapler - they really enjoyed it. They had an excellent day. They did good waiting and turn taking. They could practice their functional maths as well. IK is new to the school and hasn't really joined in as much as he did today. He talked a lot more and had fun with his friends- making jokes. So far he's mostly looked at the floor and been covering his ears a lot. [In the longer term this will] enable them to work as a group, share their experiences and watch each other complete tasks. It was brilliant -Thank you!"

Droop Street Hub, Kensington & Chelsea. 17/08/16, 24/08/16, 07/09/16

There were a total of six adult participants across the three sessions. There was one trainee who rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and added, "Really good. Maybe more please."

Lisson Grove Hub, Westminster. 17/08/16, 24/08/16, 07/09/16

There were a total of five adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Bag Books offers great multi-sensory stories to our customers, promoting concentration and participation within a group." The other commented, "All pages should be on boards, as these are the pages and it helps to keep them in order. Keep things on string where possible so that can be held and help the participant to join in. It was good to have a break between sessions and reflect. Good replies from emails and advice and continued support."

Lewisham Hospital, Lewisham. 30/08/16

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of two children. The teacher judged that all of the children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling and rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. They commented "Great books and thank you for spending so much time going over the stories with me. Already I can think of one young man I have next week and they will be a great help to entertain him."

Belvue School, Ealing. 15/07/16

A Build-A-Book day involving seven children with severe learning disabilities. The teacher commented,“Students were patient and took lots of turns. They used the tools very safely. There were lots of opportunities for O.T. and satisfying their sensory needs. Lots of teamwork. Some impatient students waited really well in periods of turn taking [which was unexpected]. [The longer term benefits will be] remembering the story they have actually created and bringing them closer together as peers and friends."

RNIB Sunshine House School, Hillingdon. 11/07/16

A Build-A-Book day involving eight children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. The teacher commented,“We love using the Bag Books in school and it was fantastic to be able to make our own multisensory story. The hands on practical work was great. It really engaged the students. "They smell nice" (the flowers), "that was exquisite" (using the drill), "this is breathtaking" (using the saw) and "that's unbelievable" (using the hammer). These were one students comments during the workshop. Everyone really enjoyed the day and engaged with all the activities. One student (ASD/NO vision)gets unsettled in new situations- but remained engaged and on task the whole time. No behavioural issues either. I will be looking at doing more DT projects with this class next year as they enjoyed it so much and were really interested in the new things they got to do - Using a drill, saw, glue gun etc. [The Bag Books staff] were amazing- we loved having you. Thank you so much."

Marlborough School, Bexley. 08/07/16

A Build-A-Book day involving 12 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. The teacher commented,“[The children benefitted in many ways]: to see the process from start to finish; to use tools they haven't used before; to work as a team; to show enjoyment at something new; and to have fun and enjoy. T took part which surprised everyone. V remained and enjoyed throughout. C and A were calm throughout. [Moving forward this will help] to improve waiting skills, tolerance of each other and working without staff supporting them. The students were learning to be part of something worthwhile. It was brilliant."

William Morris School, Waltham Forest. 29/06/16

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 35 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar one of the 35 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Overall a great session. All students were engaged and anticipating outcomes. Good base to build on for creating stories. All students enjoyed it. Maybe make more with interactive music."
  • "Students enjoyed their sensory storytime. They particularly enjoy things they can feel and visualise and so they like that they can touch as they read along to help understand the story a bit better. Thank you for visiting us!"
  • "Students showed a great deal of interest in the stories. They found them interesting and they enjoyed the tactile and multisensory elements."
  • "All students enjoyed both the stories and were very engaged. The storyteller was very friendly and was telling jokes which the students really enjoyed. Very interactive and fun. Thank you!"
  • "The kids found it very entertaining and really enjoyed themselves. Thank you very much! Excellent!"

Marjorie McClure School, Bromley. 17/06/16

A Build-A-Book day involving seven children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“Each pupil learned new skills using different tools and equipment. They all benefitted in enhancing their fine and gross motor skills too. They all developed their listening skills, following instructions. Each pupil worked really well to work together as a group developing their communication skills. They all really enjoyed the day and this was refelected when they got to see their final masterpiece. All pupils reacted better and interacted better than expected. I was really impressed to see how well A took part in each activity, using his mirror to help him see what he was doing- he also really showed how relaxed he was and his enjoyment. V really got into each activity and was extremely determined to do as much as independently as possible. All pupils interacted really well with each other and demonstrated they were able to turntake easily and during times where they were not sawing or drilling etc , they all waited very patiently. This session has allowed the class to be involved in reading, writing and storytelling. They will carry forward the understanding of working as a team and turn taking. They also learned new skills allowing them to develop their confidence and fine and gross motor skills. It was a brilliant workshop!"

Phoenix School, Tower Hamlets. 13/06/16

A Build-A-Book day involving six children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“[The students benefitted by] working with new people, working with new materials, communication with new adults, fine motor skills, listen and reading skills. All pupils were able to take something from the learning activity. It will give all pupils more opportunities to listen and learn from a book."

John F Kennedy Special School, Newham. 10/06/16

A Build-A-Book day involving five children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“[The students] experienced resources they are not familiar with, eg saw drill , glue gun. All students were engaged - [the Bag Books staff] allowed students time to process information - catered for individual needs. Resources used were motivating and stimulating, providing a positive learning experiences. Students really enjoyed peeling the plastic from the page. Enjoyed interacting with the finished story, eg cleaning the window. Enjoyed using the drill - noise, vibration from drill. Interacted well when painting - glitter paint especially. Had the opportunity to experience new activities/ resources. All students dealt with change that can be applied throughout the timetable."

Willow Dene School, Greenwich. 08/06/16

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 37 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all 37 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Children sat through two stories- they find it difficult to sit normally. Great session, good resources and very engaging."
  • "Pitched really well for the needs of the class. Good quality resources to help the pupils understand the story."
  • "The children were engaged and really enjoyed the props."
  • "Fantastic session. All the children maintained attention and engaged. Can see so many possibilities and look forward to using the bag books in class."
  • "It was very engaging for all of our children. Pupils attention was very good. Great amount of language and repitition."
  • "This was a fantastic session. We have some very different levels of childrens abilities and this story session kept all five children engaged. The children gave good eye contact and were very focused. The storyteller was fantastic making the story so real and intereacting with all the children throughout the stories.The children were able to get involved and explore lots of pages of the Bag Book."

Kingsley High School, Harrow. 06/06/16

A Build-A-Book day involving eight children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. The teacher commented,“[The pupils] benefitted by spending a whole day on one progressive activity. Extremely kind and patient [Bag Books] staff. All students experienced every activity and this was a pleasure to see. It's an activity with an outcome and an object that the students can show others, keep and take pride in. Students are also using equipment they wouldn't normally use so this is a great experience for them. Today has been brilliant. An improvement could be the option of adapted equipment for students with limited mobility to use, i.e. Adapted Scissors."

Newbridge School, Redbridge. 27/05/16

A Build-A-Book day involving six children with profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“All our students got the opportunities to use various tools e.g. drilling, saw, glue gun, painting, sticking and hammer and nails, of which otherwise they would not be able to use. They had a good experience. All of the students enjoy taking part and interacted with making the story bag which was "The Queen's Visit." Waiting and taking turns worked very well which sometimes they find difficult to wait. They all enjoyed the session. [The Bag Books staff] worked very well with the students. They were very calm and patient. Very happy with the outcome. Well done."

Paddock Secondary School, Wandsworth. 20/05/16

A Build-A-Book day involving nine children with severe learning disabilities. The teacher commented,“Thank you so much for an amazing session on Friday which the students absolutely loved. The resources you brought for them were fun and interactive and they really enjoyed taking pride in the work that they did. They have gone round and shown their story to other classes this morning which has given them a great sense of joy! They were engaged throughout the day and I think it helped them work together successfully with their peers."

Trinity School, Barking & Dagenham. 16/05/16

A Build-A-Book day involving five children with profound & multiple learning disabilities. The teacher commented,“They all thoroughly enjoyed making the story pages - each child (despite their varying difficulties) was encouraged to use all the tools needed and were supported to finish the pages (this included sawing wood and using a glue gun - all new to these children). They were very attentive on their turns - each child was made to feel important and needed.We have one pupil who is visually and hearing impaired and was not feeling in a particularly happy mood - he was happy to participate and he was much calmer afterwards. It will be nice for them to remember actually making this story - we will also show them photographs to remind them - so that when we need this story in class it will be far more personal. The two [Bag Books staff] were very empathic with the pupils and staff and were lovely to work with."

Waverley School, Enfield. 13/05/16

A Build-A-Book day involving five children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. The teacher commented,“Lovely opportunities that were new for our pupils; sawing, hammering etc. done really safely. Involved fully in making their story (The Queen's Visit) that was very sensory. Two of my pupils were more focused than I had anticipated and I look forward to using the story with my class. I think it was really lovely to be involved fully in making our book and this has given me lots of ideas of how to involve my pupils in their story. We are going to invite our parents in to enjoy it with us (and write to the Queen!). We'll let you know how it goes! The only suggestion I would make would be to consider consulting with schools about topics that they are doing but that is only a minor thing!"

Little Heath School, Redbridge. 11/05/16

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 32 children with severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that 32 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Enthusiastic storyteller. Knew what she was doing. Interacted well with students. Very pleased to have had the session."
  • "Very engaging, friendly to pupils and funny and patient."

Sybil Elgar School - The National Autistic Society, Southall. 09/05/16

A Build-A-Book day involving eight children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“All the pupils were fully engaged in all the different activities they participated in during the session. They all enjoyed the different learning experiences and learnt new skills. The pupils worked in two groups of four to make the resources for the Bag Book. They all really benefited from the experience of working in a team to meet different targets and to create something of their own. All the pupils interacted and fully participated in the sensory storytelling activity at the end of the workshop. This interaction was better than expected, taking into account the range of abilities. Also, the pupils interacted really well in the making of the resources for the Bag Book, using a range of tools and materials. Today's session will give all the pupils a higher level of confidence in achieving a goal working as part of a team. It will give them a good understanding of how to use different materials to make a range of objects. Also, it will encourage them to participate in future group storytelling activities. The workshop that [the Bag Books staff] ran today was excellent in all respects. It was a really beneficial and enjoyable experience for all the pupils."

West Lea School, Enfield. 06/05/16

A Build-A-Book day involving nine children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“All students had a good understanding of the tasks. Students were able to use everyday tools under safe, supervised conditions. The students benefitted by working as a team, using math skills and waiting for their turn. All students interacted very well and enjoyed the workshop. The students will be able to use skills they have enjoyed today in future lessons. They will be able to link today's activity with our own celebrations. I do not feel that today's activity could be improved. It was pitched at the correct level and the teachers had a really good understanding of the learners' needs and abilities."

College Park School, Westminster. 29/04/16

A Build-A-Book day involving nine children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“The students did some Maths, English, DT, and learnt to work in a team. [The Bag Books staff] worked well with the students and used language appropriate for them. They also included the [school] staff in everything so we knew what we needed to do. Student A worked quietly; normally he finds it difficult to sit for too long. The whole class were engaged in the work and behaved so well. The students enjoyed making their Bag Book and will remember the lesson. Staff can use what we learnt in some future lessons. We think the lesson was well thought out, appropriate for our students and kept them engaged/interested."

Dycorts School, Havering. 25/04/16

A Build-A-Book day involving five children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“Today's workshop was a great opportunity for the students in Green class to use equipment they wouldn't usually have the chance to use and to contribute to the final production of the book. The workshop was delivered at a good pace and the instructions were clear. I was pleasantly surprised at how engaged our students were throughout the workshop. Also, our kids are always a little thrown off by changes that may happen with staffing, but again, I was surprised at how well they participated in all the little activities. It will enable me to design or use objects to bring a story to life, which is essential with all our students. In the future, our students will have other opportunities to help design/make stories and take them home. All was great!! Thank you so much for a great day."

Ambitious College (Grahame Park Campus), Barnet. 20/04/16

Our Storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 9 students with severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all 9 students had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Storyteller tried very hard but this session just didn't happen due to the mood of student."
  • "Very engaging. Encouraged sitting and waiting. A very calming session. Level of engagement for T was just amazing. Can relate to the story. Normal books are a waste of time."
  • "Storyteller did her very best but this was a very difficult session. Thank you for trying so hard with them."

Sherwood Park School, Sutton. 19/04/16

A Build-A-Book day involving eight children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“They were able to try new things and use equipment that they'd not used before. Fun and creative learning. Focus and attention on motivating activities. Having the story at the end was great. They were all getting involved and enthusiastic. It was great. We ran over so maybe could have started a bit earlier. But it was a great day. Thank you."

John F Kennedy Special School, Newham. 18/04/16

A Build-A-Book day involving five children with profound & multiple learning disabilities. The teacher commented,“I thought the whole thing was really well organised. All of the equipment and tools were ready to go and really accessible. The pair running the workshop were really friendly and were vey good with the students. They had clear knowledge of pupils with complex needs and adapted the activities to suit them. The pupils were able to experience multi-sensory activities, as well as them being age appropriate. Many of the activities were skills the pupils had not encountered before, which was a great experience for them. I thought it was a really great ending to the day that the story was told after making all of the props allowing the students to hear the story and feel and see the items. The story was told with enthusiasm and excitement. A really great day and i would definitely recommend the workshop."

Little Hillbrook Resource Base, Wandsworth. 23/03/16

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 18 children with severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from two teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Both rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "A very enjoyable session. Children were engaged with the learning. Great props. Good delivery. Calm approach, good pace. Thanks. Got lots of ideas." The other commented, "All children engaged with resources - even those who don't normally engage. Excellent learning for team e.g. reading one line per child along with resources - repeating helped to hold attention."

Pield Heath School, Hillingdon. 21/03/16

A Build-A-Book day involving seven children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“A very big thank you for yesterday's session with our class. All of the students had a thoroughly good time and learnt a great deal in the process! B in particular asked why you weren't here again this morning! If it is possible, we would love to see you again sometime this year, as some of the other teachers who came by to look at our work after school were very impressed and would love to have you lead a session with some of their groups. Once again, it was a pleasure working with you and we hope to see you once again in the near future."

Oaklands School, Hounslow. 11/03/16

A Build-A-Book day involving seven children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“Pupils were all thoroughly engaged in active tasks which were perfectly suitable for them. Workshop leaders were enthusiastic, flexible, and clearly experienced in working with ASD students."

Kestrel House School, Haringey. 09/03/16

A Build-A-Book day involving five children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“Thank you for coming to Kestrel House School. My students had a very good time in building a book with you. They were engaged in hammering and sewing, they loved to use all the different tools and materials to make the lovely book. They were using their imagination and creativity to prepare the resources with you and listen to the story and see the effect of their work using all the sensory materials.  It was amazing work, great approach to special needs children. I wish you all the best in your future and hope to see you again in our school."

Oak Lodge School, Barnet. 02/03/16

A Build-A-Book day involving nine children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“The students enjoyed the day so much! [The facilitators] were amazing and dealt with the students' needs in a way that was appropriate. The day was tailored to the needs of the students. Building the Bag Book was great - all students had a role which was appropriate for their levels - they all had a turn and all loved it. Having the story read out at the end to see the finished product was amazing. Thank you."

Willow Dene School, Greenwich. 29/02/16

A Build-A-Book day involving six children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“Thank you so much for all of your input during the session today; both staff and children had a great time. It was really good for the children to be involved in something that exposed them to new skills and experiences. The day was really good. Children enjoyed the range of activities and you supported them well to engage in the tasks/gave everyone the opportunity to try the different activities. Everything was well organised and prepared. It was wonderful to see the children using the story at the end and to see how well they engaged with it."

Bensham Manor School, Croydon. 24/02/16

A Build-A-Book day involving six children with severe autism spectrum disorders. The teacher commented,“Enjoyed making the story cards and using different materials and tools. It was brilliant!"

Snowflake School, Kensington & Chelsea. 25/01/16

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 16 children (the entire school) with severe autism spectrum disorder. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers. They judged that all 16 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and added, "Bag Books has been a great service for our school. The resources are of a great standard and we look forward to using our free books with the children in the future. The storyteller was wonderful. She interacted brilliantly with the children and she made the sessions animated and fun. Both children and adults greatly enjoyed the stories. Thanks for chosing to visit our school!"

Eastway Care, Newham. 27/11/15, 11/12/15, 18/12/15

There were a total of 27 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "Very enjoyable. Great teacher."
  • "I enjoyed telling the story of CJ the cat. Believe it or not, I have the worst stage fright. But it was so easy and simple, you'd never know."
  • "Personally I feel Bag Books is a fantastic project that needs to continue for a long time and [the Storyteller] is a credit to the project. She brings the stories to life in a magical way."

Kestrel House School, Haringey. 20/11/15

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 19 children (the entire school) with severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all 19 children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Thank you so much! All the students enjoyed the session. Please come again!!."
  • "[The Storyteller] was fantastic - her approach was very suitable for ASD. The resources were amazing - multi-sensory and engaging. The children were fully engaged and all sat nicely and waited for their turn. Sitting can be tricky for some of our students but the resources had them very focused. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!"
  • "Very good."

Whitefield Schools and Centre, Waltham Forest. 18/11/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 47 children with profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Five rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "[The Storyteller] was a great storyteller who demonstrated a sincere interest in working with pupils with SEN. Her caring, patient nature was evident throughout."
  • "Pupils were all really engaged. There was at least one board which captivated each child. For one child in particular, he was really motivated and showed a higher level of active participation than usual."
  • "Wonderful. Always great to have new resources and ideas brought to our school. Thank you so much!"
  • "The repeated phrases for each child as they explored the boards worked really well. Speed of speech was perfect. Might have worked better for our particular group to have only had four children as could have had longer for each board. Some boards were a little obscure for young autistic children - cat's paw - but others were great and good cause and effect e.g. pulling the skull and cross bones flag. Loved how the senses were involved. [The Storyteller] was fantastic with the pupils. She engaged with them all at an appropriate level and showed care and concern for each of them."

Whitehorse & Beulah Community Hub in Wandle Park, Croydon. 06/11/15, 13/11/15

There were a total of 11 adult participants across the two sessions.

St. Mark's Road Day Centre, Kensington & Chelsea. 26/10/15, 02/11/15, 09/11/15

There were a total of 9 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Very enjoyable experience." The other commented, "Very friendly and competent trainer. Last session was very enjoyable as I felt more confident. I am inspired to make my own stories. Thank you."

NAS Acton Day Service, Ealing. 17/09/15, 24/09/15, 09/10/15

There were a total of 15 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "The training was fantastic, very helpful and useful for future sessions and projects."

HF Mencap, Hammersmith & Fulham. 24/07/15, 07/08/15, 09/10/15

There were a total of 25 adult participants across the three sessions.

Newbridge School, Redbridge. 08/10/15

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 29 children with profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from seven teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and one as “4/5 – Good”. Comments were:

  • "The students really enjoyed the stories. All stories were very good but I think they liked the zoo one the best."
  • "Excellent, engaging resources. Well delivered."
  • "The students really enjoyed the sensory integration part of the stories."
  • "All the learners enjoyed listening to the stories. They participated well and turn taking and concentration was very high. Thank you."
  • "The students were very individual and loved the props. Keep the good work. Thanks."

Bensham Manor School, Croydon. 07/10/15

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 38 children with severe autism spectrum disorders. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar two of the 38 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

"The session was fantastic! It engaged all of the listeners and the stories were just the right length to keep their attention. Would definitely recommend!"

"Great mix of calm and excitement - appealing to whole group. Gentle delivery - just right. Thank you."

"A couple of the class that usually struggle to concentrate in a normal lesson remained interested through all three stories."

"For this group, because of their ability, I filled out the form with them. I asked each of them what they liked/didn’t like and recorded them. 1) I loved the spider. 2) I liked the spray and pink squishy ball. 3) I liked the spider and spray. 4) I liked being in the dark. 5) I liked smelling the ice cream. 6) I liked hooking the duck. Staff feedback: It was really good and different from reading for a change."

Cherry Orchard Day Service in Wandle Park, Croydon. 21/09/15, 28/09/15

There were a total of eight adult participants across the two sessions.

Woodside School, Bexley. 28/09/15

A Build-A-Book day with seven children. The teacher commented,“The day began at 9.30, setting up the class for a 10.00 start. [The Bag Books staff] were very punctual. The topic was introduced and activities started promptly. There were seven students in the class with assessment levels ranging from P7 to 2C.  Along with the two adults delivering the day there were 3 other adults – teacher, class TA and 1:1 TA.

"The students were engaged from the beginning and sat patiently while the activities were explained. Both [Bag Books staff] had an excellent rapport with the children. Everyone in the class took part in all activities - painting, hammering, sticking, measuring, threading etc, using a variety of tools – hammer, drill, hot glue gun, saw, pipe-cutter, pliers – all managed expertly for health and safety. Particularly pleasing was how much B joined in (who requires 1:1 at all times), sitting for up to an hour at a time, listening and taking part. The activities also allowed the flexibility to give breaks when needed.

"Many areas of the curriculum were touched upon:

  • English – story telling, descriptive language.
  • Maths – counting and calculating.
  • DT – many activities, as well as using tools safely.
  • Science  - installing batteries, discussing sound, light, texture.
  • Sensory – lots of texture, smell (scented flowers), things to see and hear.
  • PSHE – listening and following instructions, waiting patiently, working together, lots of talk and discussion. Lots of good language used across the curriculum.

"More information beforehand about the activities involved would have been good to allow us to do a detailed risk assessment for our records and to follow our policy. However, the day was carried out, as previously stated, with health and safety a priority.

"The day was a huge success, a unique experience for the students in my class and has left the school with a lovely resource which has already been used in a junior assembly. It has also given me a lot of ideas about how story telling can be approached."

Livity School, Lambeth. 23/09/15

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 38 children with severe learning disabilities.

Waverley School, Enfield. 23/09/15

Our Storyteller ran seven multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 32 children with severe learning disabilities.

Richard House Children's Hospice, Greenwich. 27/08/15

Our Stroyteller ran four sessions involving a total of 20 children. The hospice staff judged that all 20 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. One added, “Enjoyed storytelling - applicable for all age range - children enjoyed the different stories.”

Bexley SNAP, Bexley. 04/08/15

Our Stroyteller ran sessions involving a total of 30 children. The staff judged that all 30 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. One added, “Young people enjoyed and participated in both stories. Three young people surprised us with how well they participated in the groups, especially the sea urchin. One young person sat and listened really well compared to when she has a Bag Books story in school.”

Demelza Children's Hospice, Greenwich. 04/08/15

Our Stroyteller ran sessions involving a total of three children. The hospice staff judged that all three children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. One added, “The storyteller was brilliant. All children enjoyed the stories. One child even called for more!”

Tuke School, Southwark. 21/07/15

A Build-A-Book day with six children. A teacher commented,“They loved using all the different tools and that the tasks were varied. They seemed to understand when listening to the story at end that they had made it and had a sense of achievement.”

Clarendon School, Richmond Upon Thames. 07/07/15

Our Storyteller ran two multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 15 children with severe autism spectrum disorders. We received feedback from two teachers who judged that all 15 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Both rated the overall experience as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "The Seaside story and The Fariground were so engaging with the first group of children, especially with the austistic spectrum children. The story packs would be great to use in our sensory room." The other commented, "The children that were chosen for the second session of stories were the junior class. They responded with such a fantastic engagement. [The Storyteller] was fab. The laughter and smiles on the children's faces were wonderful. Many thanks for a great morning."

Oak Lodge School, Barnet. 30/06/15

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 39 children with severe autism spectrum disorders. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all 39 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All four rated the overall experience as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "It was a lovely session. All students were engaged and all adults were surprised at the level of engagement from our students. The stories were pitched perfectly for the needs of our students and were very multi-sensory for them. [The Storyteller] was fantastic. We would love to have her again and she made it perfect for our students. Thank you."
  • "Students loved this and would really benefit from more of this on a regular basis."
  • "Amazing session - interaction with individual students as well as group activity was great. Sensory equipment using sound, touch, and different textures. Storyteller was amazing, enthusiastic, and understanding of needs. Vocabulary used was excellent for level of functioning students. All students engaged in activity with eye contact and correct responses. Incorporate with (attention autism) sessions. Thank you very much from P4."
  • "Useful CPD and resource combined. The students were all very engaged by the storyteller. The sensory resources were very well made. Fantastic inclusion of pre-verbal students. Great. Super confident storytelling for our students. Best I've seen."

Carlton Road Day Centre, Ealing. 29/06/15

There were a total of 5 adult participants.

Coney Hall Day Centre, Croydon. 30/04/15, 11/05/15, 12/06/15

There were a total of 12 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees. One rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and the other as "4/5 - Good". One added, "Very good training, which has been cascaded to the rest of the day service team. Thanks very much." The other commented, "Had a great time. Taught other staff and they are practicing with the people we support."

St. Paul's Church (Mencap), Hammersmith & Fulham. 30/04/15, 11/05/15, 08/06/15

There were a total of 13 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "Excellent tutor! Really enjoyed training. Pleased with the involvement and the interaction from our members."
  • "Very useful and enjoyable."
  • "Trainer is really helpful and supportive throughout training. Beneficial for adults with learning disabilities as well as children."
Marlborough School, Bexley. 01/06/15

A Build-A-Book day with six children. A teacher commented,“The pupils got the opportunity to try many different skills, many for the first time (fine motor skills especially). They were able to create a story they then listened to, giving them ownership over the story. They were very engaged and enjoyed the experience.”

The Village School, Brent. 13/05/15

A Build-A-Book day with six children. A teacher commented,“Pupils engaged in building the Bag Books. They interacted with the various process involved in constructing the unit, hammering sensory for the banging actions and sounds were stimulating and enjoyed immensely. There was grins, laughter and smiles. Each process brought a positive reaction from each child. Exploring the bunting process, looking and listening at the materials and actions throughout the delivery of the whole process.”

Marlborough School, Bexley. 01/06/15

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 36 children with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities.

The Bridge School - Secondary Site, Islington. 08/05/15

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 25 children with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all bar one of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good". Comments were:

  • "That was brilliant. Wish we'd had a morning slot then all our students could have come."
  • "A student left at end and said "That was good".
  • "Stories and procedure very good - all students enjoyed. It would have been great if students were given more time to interact independently and had time to join in with saying the words as well as some Makaton. Great session though - thank you!"
  • "Would be good if the storyteller asked at the beginning "Is there anything I need to know about the students." Very good session! The students really enjoyed it."

Family Link Services, Ealing. 24/03/15

Our Storyteller trained 10 respite care workers.

Greenwich Day Opportunities, Greenwich. 24/03/15

A Build-A-Book day with seven adults. A member of staff commented,“[We liked the] involvement in seeing how a book comes together to an end result.”

Sutton Inclusion Centre, Sutton. 23/03/15

A Build-A-Book day with five adults. A member of staff commented,“[The Storyteller] brought her enthusiasm and knowledge of Bag Books to our centre once again. All our service users had a very touchy feely morning making their individual story. It was a very enjoyable, creative session. Both staff and service users had a wonderful time. Thank you.”

RNIB Sunshine House School, Hillingdon. 16/03/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 27 children. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers who judged that all 27 children benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good" and added, "Excellent sessions for our pupils, who could get a lot from the stories due to the multi-sensory elements."

Landmark 47 Tulse Hill, Lambeth. 10/03/15

A Build-A-Book day with seven adults. A member of staff commented,“Fun interaction with others. A real eye opener into what service users could do for themselves. TS used the equipment as good as anyone which I will feed back to other staff.”

Woolwich Dockyard Day Service, Greenwich. 09/03/15

A Build-A-Book day with seven adults. A member of staff commented,“The service users got to use a variety of tools that they would not normally use. They all appeared to enjoy the session. [The Bag Books' staff] interacted with all the service users explaining what and why they were doing. Really fab and enjoyable session.”

The Manor School, Brent. 05/03/15

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 31 children.

Kestrel House School, Haringey. 05/03/15

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 23 children. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good" and two as "4/5 - Good". Comments were:

  • "Amazing! Thank you."
  • "Very good storyteller with a lot of sensory objects. Children enjoyed and interacted with the storyteller."
  • "Very good props and interactions with children; you allowed them to engage longer with preferred items. Stories are perfect length and they understood easier using the props."
Grangewood School, Hillingdon. 04/03/15

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 51 children with severe learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders.

KEF Sunday at Nishmas Yisroel Shul Hall, Barnet. 01/03/15

Our Storyteller ran two multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 21 children with severe learning disabilities.

Phoenix Arch School, Brent. 25/02/15

Our Storyteller ran two multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 13 children with severe learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers who judged that all 13 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the overall experience as "5/5 - Very Good" and added, "Some of our students may have been a bit able for the stories, but they still thoroughly enjoyed them. The other students definitely  benefitted hugely from the session."

Swiss Cottage School, Camden. 18/02/15

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 18 children with severe learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders.

15 Ambleside Avenue, Lambeth. 26/01/15, 02/02/15, 09/02/15

There were a total of 12 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "When I told Bag Book story to the people I support for the first time, they were actually asking for more story. I was so pleased." The other commented, "I believe this training will highly benefit the residents I support. The trainer was very good and training was provided in a pleasant and fun manner. Thank you. It was great to see how the service users grew into the story and as it went along the weeks they have participated and interacted much more."

JMC Day Centre, Mitcham. 26/01/15, 02/02/15, 09/02/15

There were a total of 13 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees who both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Love the content of both stories, Haircut and Kofi. The humour was something most of my clients/service users appreciated which brought them together. An easy emotion to share." The other commented, "I have organised storytelling sessions for Wednesday mornings within the intensive support service"

1a Children’s Centre, Camden. 04/02/15

Our Storyteller ran five storytelling sessions with a total of 30 children. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the staff. They judged that all 30 children had benefitted from the storytelling and rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good". They added, "Wonderful storytelling as always! All the children got a lot out of the stories."

South Friern Library, Barnet. 30/01/15

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 11 children. 14 library staff observed the storytelling and then had a training session.

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