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Storytelling In Your Area - North West England: 2016 onwards

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Since January 2016 we have organised the following multi-sensory storytelling sessions:

Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool. 24/01/17

Our storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 27 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar one 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:

  • "All the children in the nursery explored the Bag Books. They had a great time feeling all the different materials. One boy explored each board when he usually takes himself away or refuses. [In the longer term this will help] the children to use their hands more to explore (especially those who are tactile defensive)."
  • "The children sat which is great in my group. They touched different materials & objects, which is fantastic, listened very well & it was delivered very well by [the Soryteller]. Keep up your good work ;-). They all enjoyed this session. [The Storyteller] was fantastic. He even followed one child so he was getting the same as the other children, thanks [In the longer term this will help] Them understand how to sit in a group."
  • "Pupils engaged with resources through their senses, particularly noises and smells. Our group was quite small (because of pupils being off) so stories did not last as long. One of our students who can be quite reluctant to explore resources was engaged and reached out to touch objects [In the longer term this will help with] new sounds to use day to day for example one of our students liked the sound of the letter box. We can replicate this in class."
  • "A lovely opportunity to have an expert share a valuable experience which provided a new opportunity for some pupils. The number of pupils allowed for a good pace and hands on opportunity for ALL pupils to participate. Laughing, turning to sounds, noises when pausing, enjoyed feeling resources. All pupils participated and expressed enjoyment. [It gave] ideas for staff for their story sessions - adding smells. Nice to see a range of stories for ideas.
  • "Going quiet to listen to the bells. Engaging in activities and concentrating on actions and the multi-sensory resources. [I was surprised when] they held their hand out to have a further explore of the resources. [This will help with] story and resource ideas."

Dorin Park School & Specialist SEN College, Chester. 12/12/16

Our storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 45 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. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "Wonderful resources and simple language engaged all our learners for a long time. They showed attention, shared eye gaze, listening/watching peers."
  • "Sensory and visual for the learners. Provoked question asking from the more able. All very good and interactive they all sat on their seats, no behaviour issues. [In the longer term this will help them] develop question asking and attention skills together with turn taking and waiting skills."
  • "The children enjoyed the multi sensory story session. They all shared, took turns and concentrated during the session. Brilliant resources! Wouldn't change anything. All participated and listened for an extended period of time. One child joined in for full session (usually refuses). [In the longer term] it would help with their turn taking, waiting and concentration skills."
  • "The children were really interested in the story - brought alive for them with all the objects. D - finds sitting difficult, but he was totally engrossed. [In the longer term this will help with] good writing/role play stimulus."
  • "They benefitted from the time taken to involve all pupils in each part of the story. They were anticipating the next part of the story. They all sat very well and were engaged in all the resources.  They responded well to the storyteller's engaging delivery."

Broadfield Specialist School, Accrington. 18/10/16

Our storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 36 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from five 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 two as “4/5 - Good". Comments were:

  • "The students were engaged and happy. One student particularly joined in - usually doesn't like new people/activities [In the longer term this] has given the teacher ideas."
  • "All our students enjoyed feeling the tactile sensory boards and interacted well with the Storyteller. They were all well engaged with the story."
  • "All the students participated; they were engaged and sat really well throughout. They were all smiling and enjoyed it. J really anjoyed it and interacted really positively."
  • "Great fun for non-verbal students to interact as a group/class. All students participated and stayed focussed. A good pace for all. All good, brilliant sessions some of the more able students had more fun than I expected. All students engaged better than expected. Brilliant for them mixing, having fun and essential for social skills and turn taking."
  • "All students were engaged throughout the story due to the use of fantastic props and theme related background music that helps the 'feel' of the story. All students continued to stay engaged throughout the story, this was longer than if a story was told without the props. L, O and O reacted better than expected and didn't become distracted. [In the longer term] it would be good for the participants to repeat the same story so that they anticipate the next part of the story."

Pendle Community High School and College, Nelson. 17/10/16

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 bar one 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:

  • "They seemed to respond well, new person, new room etc. They all interacted with the storyboards. J sat and watched and kept smiling. JL enjoyed touching all the sensory boards."
  • "[The session helped] through the visual objects and through the different voices of the storyteller. It was a great experience which the pupils enjoyed. All pupils interacted well as they were all involved in feeling the objects and the pupils were absorbed in the story [In the longer term they will] be more engaged in reading books as it was a fun way to read."
  • "They engaged well and enjoyed the props used and the enthusiasm of the session, One student is tactile defensive but he willingly participated. [In the longer term this will help with] engaging with new people and exploring different objects."
  • "All pupils were engaged and encouraged to participate as well and as much as they were able. Pupils managed three stories! It was fantastic! Thank you very much! One pupil sat with class for the whole session, she struggles to do this It's nice to see how others deliver Bag Books to pupils and having a chance to experience new Bag Books."
  • "They all enjoyed the stories."

Merefield School, Southport. 10/10/16

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:

  • "The storyteller was very engaging and pupils benefited from a new story/experience from a different person. The majority of pupils have preferred members of staff and generally are less responsive to unfamiliar people. I was surprised by one pupil in particular who was keen to explore the props and she faced the group. I have witnessed good practice when telling a multi-sensory story which I can use to improve my delivery to them. Also new stories for school are going to be useful."
  • "Kept great concentration throughout. Loved multi-sensory experience to touch/feel/hear/smell etc.  All interacted at various points throughout. One child interacted with all the props and[the Storyteller], gaining eye contact throughout - which is unusual for that teenager. [In the longer term this will help] introduce them to new multi-sensory experience."
  • "Each student was engaged in the story at the approriate time. They listened well and were able to say when they did not wish to interact with certain props. Familiarity of story will help them to take a bigger part in the storytelling. They may even be able to use the props on their peers to help retell the story."
  • "Tone of voice. Delivery of sessions. Interesting props. The session was ideal for the learners - just the correct length of session which kept all engaged. Props very appropriate - so little, if anything, could be improved. A pupil reacted to smells and feel of textures of props [which was unexpected]. Learners showed both anticipation and concentration. This would be further developed with more similar sessions."
  • "A range of sensory resources suitable for the needs of our children. All reacted well and engaged with the resources. They are used to sensory stories but this was a nice change. Gives staff ideas that we can incorporate into teaching."

Springfield School, Crewe. 06/10/16

Our storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 42 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 - Very Good" and three as “4/5 - Good". Comments were:

  • "All pupils engaged, apart from those for medical reasons. It was at their pace and all resources were accessible. Some responded better than expected. Some showed like and dislike. Good expressions from them. [In the longer term this will] support communication."
  • "Stories were sensory and the children enjoyed the objects that made noises. Children were interacting with story and those children who were preoccupied came back to carpet to hear sounds."
  • "Pupils were engaged in all sensory items. Loved the trunk. Lots of great language from the pupils."
  • "All children enjoyed storytime. All responded well to taking their turns. S was very animated. J loved the music. [In the longer term this will help] build their enjoyment of stories and improve listening skills."
  • "[The session helped with] all of sensory elements. All loved it. [In the longer term this will help with] counting and describing."
  • "Pupils loved the interactive boards especially ones that made noises."

Brookfields School, Widnes. 30/09/16

Our storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 17 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all 17 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "They seemed to really interact with the different objects and sounds as they sat sensibly and laughed at parts of the story. The children were all engaged. One child got pleasure from seeing how the other children reacted which enhanced her enjoyment. Many of them pretended to be the animals. The use of different senses was very beneficial as the children got to use smell, sight, sound and touch. Very educational."
  • "[The session helped with] developing listening skills, turn taking, anticipation, story structure and repeated language. It was brilliant - really enjoyed especially watching pupils reactions. C was apprehensive to encounter new experiences. A engaged in all activities, willing to touch, smiling. J  captured attention. [In the longer term this will help with] building up structure of story, turn taking, expectations to sit in a circle alongside peers, sharing good practice/ideas/resources with staff."
  • "Both children engaged, resources linked to story, multi-sensory and very good. Lots more language in context. Lots of smiles and laughter told me that the children enjoyed. Calm returning to class after a positive experience enabling them to focus more."

Fox Wood Special School, Warrington. 22/09/16

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 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:

  • "One pupil sat for a length of time that usually they wouldn't. All engaged during session. Pupils enjoyed the sensory story."
  • "Pupils engaged well with [the Storyteller] and the props. They paid attention and had lots of smiles. [The Storyteller] was great and I think having someone new meant pupils were inquisitive. It was wonderful. Class 2 loved it. One of the pupils was very vocal. She is usually fairly quiet. One pupil followed the storyteller around the group with her eyes and head movement which she finds difficult. Repeating the stories with the pupils will build on their anticipation and recognition."
  • "Lovely pace with resources they could interact with. Started to anticipate own turn during storytelling. Turned towards resources and sounds. We loved the stories and the delivery of them. J lifted her head and kept it up!! Often needs lots of prompts. They loved the Fairground music on the switch and the candyfloss. We have some Bag Books in school which we used regularly last year. We look forward to trying our new ones to see the responses we get from the pupils."
  • "Accessible to all students. Engaging props to appeal to all senses. Age appropriate stories. One student was sleepy and a little unwell but he did wake for one of the props (music switch). One studentwas new to the class but participated well. All students engaged. We appreciate the two new stories. The students will benefit from a range of new props that will come with the stories."
  • "The storyteller was calm and softly spoken and the children listened intently. She gave every child time to experience each part of the story and did not  rush those who were wary. We have several children who find it hard to sit for long periods of time but they all stayed for the whole story and enjoyed it. [In the longer term this will help] improve listening skills."

Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool. 06/07/16

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of seven 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 "Children and staff really enjoyed the storytelling and enjoyed using the story props. Stories were enjoyable and fun. All enjoyed the participation. [The Storyteller] was great. Thank you"

Highfurlong School, Blackpool. 27/05/16

Our storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 24 children (half of the entire school) with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all 24 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. One rated the overall experience as “5/5 - Very Good" and two as “4/5 - Good". One added, "Engaged all children - Storytelling good." Another commented, "Great sensory resources. Good for ASD. Some children didn’t want to join in at first but were involved by the end so well done."

Aim Habonim, Salford. 25/05/16

Our storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 30 children (two-thirds of the entire school) with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all 30 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All five rated the overall experience as “5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "Thanks. Great props and kids enjoyed and listened well."
  • "We really enjoyed the stories and our children really benefitted. Thank you."
  • "Kids really enjoyed it and were focussed. Would like to try and work on some of our own stories."
  • "The children really enjoyed . Thank you."
  • "Really excellent. Children loved it!"

Rodney House School, Manchester. 10/03/16

Our storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 23 children (two-thirds of the entire school) with profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all 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 repetition was great for our children's learning. The sensory element was just what our children need in storytelling. All children were engaged - particularly enjoyed "What am I " so much."
  • "Performance of the storyteller was excellent. She kept all five children's attention and involved them with the props. All the children sat through both stories in this session and the staff were very impressed that it kept their attention."
  • "Really well delivered session with resources that stimulated the children. I have mentioned that it could be beneficial to the staff to have training in this area. Thank you. The children really enjoyed it."
  • "An excellent session with two great sensory stories. The children engaged well and the storyteller was superb. Very engaging with the children and at the right level for the children. Good pace, good stories. All enjoyed the session. Thank you very much."
The Birches School, Manchester. 05/02/16

Our storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 21 children with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all 21 children had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 - Very Good".

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