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Storytelling In Your Area - Scotland: 2017 onwards

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Since January 2017 we have organised the following multi-sensory storytelling sessions:

Pilrig Park School, Edinburgh. 20/06/17

Our storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 20 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "All young people were completely engaged in the story and so animated. They listened, they took their turn and they laughed! All young people exceeded my expectation of how they would interact. This was due to the way [the Storyteller] delivered the stories - superb storytelling. Extremely positive experience and young people will hopefully be motivated to look and read appropriate story books more often. I don't think the session could have gone any better."
  • "Presentation was excellent: no extraneous language; greeting each child individually was a good start; everyone getting a turn of everything was great; repetition of sentences around the group made the story very clear. [I was surprised with the] better concentration and eye contact from one pupil. Another who tends to hog attention listened very well; Two boys in our school for the first time were very relaxed in the group. [In the longer term this will] help to improve communication skills and lengthen concentration time. Could introduce new vocab or help children get used to new situation. It was brilliant!"
  • "I think they really enjoyed this because the delivery was excellent, interactive, lively and funny. It was a multi-sensory session with lots of feeling, touching and repetition - each child involved. Excellent for our pupils. [I was surprised that] all of the participants were involved, even two that were slightly reluctant to start with couldn't help but get involved. Done in a very sensitive way which encouraged all and made them feel special. [In the longer term] I think it will encourage them to get involved in texts and stories. It will encourage them to read, listen and act out stories. Excellent delivery."

Royal Blind School, Edinburgh. 13/06/17

Our storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 16 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "One of the young people who does not attend many group activities participated today which we were very pleased with."
  • "Pupils took huge enjoyment in the story which was relevant to their experience and level. Pupils anticipated their turn to engage with sensory objects too. One young pupil who can find new/longer activities difficult managed to participate for the whole activity. We will use resources with our young people and recommend parent resources on website to parents."
  • "R enjoyed The Haircut story so much. B was very vocal. R was very happy. M was very happy and joined in. [In the longer term this will be] very good for communication and listening skills and great for turn taking."

Kilmaron School, Cupar. 07/06/17

Our storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 18 children (nearly the whole school) with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that all of the children in their class had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. They rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good” and added, "Our children are at very different story/listening stages and [the Storyteller] was amazing at changing voice etc to relate to every child. All got the same individual time. One of our children isn't always able to wait - take turns or listen well. This child did all this and took part until the end. Very happy class 2. We will be looking into more books."

Saltersgate School, Dalkeith. 06/06/17

Our storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 25 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from three teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Everyone engaged, more alert, more vocal. [I was surprised that] one was laughing, more verbal pupils used their vocabulary. [In the longer term] we will possibly attempt more sensory stories."
  • "Good pace and individual attention. Pupils very engaged and interacting with sensory objects. Much better concentration and interaction that expected. Just tailed off at end but held it well until then. Finished at right time. [In the longer term this will help with] encouraging enjoyment of stories and improvement of concentration. [We would like] more of this on a regular basis."
  • "All the children were engaged and enjoyed having physical objects to touch during the session. The pupils all sat really well for the session which can be a challenge to sit for a 10 min period. One child in particular who has anxiety joined in and watched from a distance which was a big achievement for him. [In the longer term] we would like to make similar resources to continue this in class."

Redburn School and Nursery, Glasgow. 22/05/17

Our storyteller ran three multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 12 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from two teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Both rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "The children enjoyed the variety of stories and loved the interactive story pages. The adults also enjoyed them! Thank you. One pupil in particular was using lots of language and joining in with the story. He was also counting and laughing along. [In the longer term] they will recognise when it is time for a sensory story and be aware of sensory pages." The other commented, "Story was very good, lots of use of AAC. Most of the pupils interacted well, some more than usual. [In the longer term this will help with] listening skills, attention, participating."

James Reid School, Saltcoats. 19/05/17

Our storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 43 children with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all 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 session helped with] feeling good; following instructions; listening well to the stories; participation. 8 out of 9 interacted better than expected [In the longer term this will help them] progress their enjoyment of stories. Work to write their own stories."
  • "Pupils really enjoyed the session. They enjoyed the way the stories were told, the voices and props were great. Everyone relaxed and happy to join in. We can link this when reading. The pupils reacted really well. Some were repeating phrases from the story which showed they were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Props allowed interaction - fantastic! Pupils said they would like to make a story with props to tell the younger pupils. Using voices to read aloud will be of benefit."
  • "Every child listened to the story and touched/felt the accompanying sensory materials. [I was surprised that] an autistic child laughed when the sea urchin moved, he also wanted to play with the seagull. [In the longer term this will] help with communication - brought story to life."
  • "Today the children really engaged well. Listened and participated well. The children thoroughly enjoyed the story smelling the candy floss, being scared of the spiders. All the senses were in use through the story. All the children sat very well listening they all got excited being able to touch and feel the props. The spiders worked well. This allowed the children to see how to do a story with props and perhaps try something similar with themselves writing the story and finding props they could tell the story to their friends. We had the funfair story and I think it was terrific. It could not be better."

Westfield School, Fraserburgh. 02/05/17

Our storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 31 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all 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:

  • "Friendly, interactive, turn taking, enthusiasm, sensory. They all seemed to really enjoy it. Quite excited! I was particularly excited. L was interested the whole time."
  • "The story was obviously well known by the teller and was told smoothly, with lots of opportunity for hands on interaction. The pupils clearly enjoyed it and were all responding with enthusiasm. J was animated and really got involved. F was alert throughout, and watching with interest. Good for staff to see how to tell it properly!"
  • "[The pupils were] focused and interested due to both props and storytelling. All interacted well. [In the longer term this will help with] improved listening skills and improved attention span."

The Camphill Rudolf Steiner School, Aberdeen. 01/05/17

Our storyteller ran two multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 18 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from two teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Both rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "Lots of interaction and sensory activities. [It was helped by] the ability of [the Storyteller] to make good contact with the youngsters. An experience which they can appreciate." The other commented, "[The pupils] engaged, enjoyed sensory aspect. [I was surprised that they] showed lots of interest in the sensory toys and seemed to have been very relaxed and engaged. [In the longer term we would like] to have more regular sessions."

East Park School, Glasgow. 03/03/17

Our storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 16 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all bar one of the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. All six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Engaged very well. [I was surprised with] complex pupils who responded with lots of engagement. [The pupils] happily participated in a group activity for a duration of time. Remained engaged in a story for a duration of time. Engaged with unfamiliar adult. Experience of hair clippers. One pupil in particular who usually is taught individually spent the full session in the main class. [In the longer term] the school will try to recreate the experience and look for opportunities to engage with Bag Books again."
  • "[The pupils] appeared to really enjoy the stories. Remained at activity for long duration. [I was surprised that] one participant remained sitting at a table for the duration of two stories. Interacted well with the story, touching sensory items and laughing."
  • "The child involved enjoyed the story and stayed focused to the end".
  • "They all paid attention and were looking and touching the boards. One of them stayed at the table longer than usual."
  • "They were all engaged in the stories. [I was surprised that] one student remained engaged for the entire session."

Daldorch House School, Mauchline. 23/02/17

Our storyteller ran two multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of eight children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from two teachers who judged that all the children in their classes had benefited from the multi-sensory storytelling. Both rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good”. One added, "L coped well with unfamiliar person speaking to him and even touching him with a [fake] razor. L did surprise me with how much he participated well in the story. [In the longer term] I think it would be beneficial especially if the young person has a fear. As L doesn't like razor shaving his hair he coped really well." The other commented, "Beautifully interactive. All the pupils responded nicely. Lots of smiles. [I was surprised that] G seemed to really enjoy the session e.g. he wore the wig in The Haircut and loved the grass in Jason’s Wish. He really enjoyed the participation involved. [In the longer term this will] give us more ideas on how to interact with the pupils at a suitable level and ideas for materials. Everything was excellent. Great storyteller - understood our pupils' needs so well."

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