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Storytelling In Your Area - Wales: 2012 onwards

Since January 2012 we have organised the following multi-sensory storytelling sessions:

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flint. 19/06/17

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 21 children with severe learning disabilities. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the storytelling. Three rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good". Comments were:

  • "[The session helped the pupils] To learn how to interact with others. To help their sensory skills. Learning turn taking skills. [I was surprised that] three out of the four students interacted really well.  One student wasn't too sure but joined in with a couple [In the longer term this will help] the students to be patient when turn taking and learning how to describe different textures. Session was very good."
  • "All students benefitted from today, lots of very happy faces. Lovely to watch and take part for everyone involved. Students interacted better than expected. One student in particular, who doesn't get involved a lot usually did get involved and really enjoyed it. It will benefit students moving forward as it's lots of fun and all will look forward to our sessions. Lots of different stories to look forward to. Session was wonderful, it couldn't have been any better. Excellent."
  • "[The session helped with] interactive resources, one to one support throughout sessions, range of sensory stimuli from boards. Two pupils reacted better than expected to specific props such as the spider. All pupils engaged well with the stories. Some pupils shared good anticipation of familiar activities such as the water spray. The Bag Book sessions are great, with props that support key words. The pupils do need the same story on a highly regular basis to develop their familiarity, preferences/dislikes and anticipation skills."
  • "All participated well. [I was surprised that] one pupil giggled constantly and enjoyed playing with props. We already have a sensory story session each week – teaches the pupils/students anticipation and interaction."

Ysgol Penmaes, Brecon. 15/06/17

Our Storyteller ran four multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 36 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 benefitted from the storytelling. All five rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "[The session helped with] Listening to and interacting with the story. Individual involvement with the sensory activities e.g. sound, touch, sight, and smell. Further experience of turn taking. Experience of cause and effect. Lovely resources to engage pupils. It was great. One PMLD pupil who is difficult to engage really enjoyed the session and he "laughed" and smiled when presented with the spider. All pupils interacted well and the delivery was well paced in order to meet the pupils' individual needs. [In the longer term this will help] Develop their listening skills further. Develop our own "Bag Books" related to our topic work - pupils could be involved when making the resources. Developing their abilities to take turns and to anticipate cause and effect. The delivery was great for my pupils and they require a "calm" approach at all times. This was evident throughout the whole session. The storyteller was organised and a pleasure to have in our school."
  • "The interaction, speech, communication, looking and by pupils' emotions and expressions. [The Storyteller] was amazing with the pupils and gave them all time. Thank you. [I was surprised that] one girl's unprompted speech was amazing. One boy's eye contact was very good [In the longer term this will help with] better engagement and communication."
  • "All pupils responded well to 'What Am I?' story. They loved all the props and being involved in the story. They are very young children who all find sitting in a group quite difficult. They all wanted a turn so sat well [In the longer term this will help with] interest in stories. Engagement in stories. Sitting as a group for a story."
  • "They really interacted with [the Storyteller] and enjoyed, smiled and laughed through the two stories. They interacted better than I thought they would. [In the longer term this will help] improve their listening skills and concentration."
  • "The pupils enjoyed the session, the storyteller was great and captured all their attention. Many enjoyed the sensory aspect of the story and engaged well. All of the pupils wanted to take part and all of them were smiling and laughing throughout. All of the pupils interacted well. One pupil reacted by pressing the switch and looking at the colours. Another pupil smiled after the water spray. Most pupils enjoyed the creepy spider apart from a small amount that said it was scary. [In the longer term] I think it will encourage us staff to do more of this in school with our pupils after seeing them interact so well and engage thoroughly. Hard to pick a fault. Everyone really enjoyed."

Ysbyty Glan, Clwyd. 02/09/16

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of four 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 getting children and parents involved. All very enthusiastic. Enjoyed listening to the story. Looking forward to recreating on the other wards."

Ysgol Ty Coch, Pontypridd. 27/01/16

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 39 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received combined feedback on behalf of off the teachers who judged that all 39 children had benefitted from the storytelling. They rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good" and added, "All groups that went to [the] sessions found them fun and very beneficial for pupils, particularly those with PMLD.

Ysgol Y Deri, Penarth. 12/01/16

Our Storyteller ran seven multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 38 children with severe learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from one teacher who judged that all the children in their class had benefitted from the storytelling. They rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good".

Tŷ Gobaith Children's Hospice, Conwy. 21/07/15

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of five children. The hospice staff judged that all five children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "Very engaging storyteller allowed each person time and used repetition. Excellent in English and Welsh. Children and adult engaging well. Smiling, enjoying interactive session. [The Storyteller] was very good at gauging children's behaviours and adapted as needed. Other members of the team also interacted and engaged well. Will certainly use and I love the objects of reference from a multi-sensory perspective and our residents will benefit a great deal. Thank you. Diolch yn fawr."

Ty Hafan Children's Hospice, Cardiff. 30/05/15

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of six children. The hospice staff judged that all six children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. They added, "Excellent storyteller. Had all of us transfixed. Great resources, which were accessible for everyone."

Monnow Vale Day Service, Monmouth. 12/02/15, 26/02/15, 05/03/15

There were a total of 16 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and all three rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Really worthwhile activity and training. Will definitely be used here." Another commented, "Excellent."

Ty'r Fenni, Abergavenny. 12/02/15, 26/02/15, 05/03/15

There were a total of 14 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and all three rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Really enjoyed the project. Will be very useful for our service users." Another commented, "Excellent practical training."

Cynllun Cymunedol Arfon Day Centre, Caernarfon. 19/01/15, 09/02/15, 16/02/15

There were a total of 12 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and all three rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". Comments were:

  • "I have really enjoyed the sessions with [the Storyteller]. It has been a great experience and a great active support between myself and the individuals I work with."
  • "I have really enjoyed the experience the last 3 weeks and will enjoy carrying on with the storytelling and watching their experience. The training was excellent and we were made to feel at ease from the first session."
  • "The course has been a great experience for myself and the individuals I support. I am looking forward to taking part in more future sessions of Bag Books and experimenting with new stories that are available from the local library. I found [the Storyteller] a great trainer - I don' think there is any aspect of the course that needs improving, as it has been a wonderful experience for us."

Uned Enfys Day Centre, Dolgellau. 19/01/15, 09/02/15, 16/02/15

There were a total of 16 adult participants across the three sessions. There were four trainees. Three rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "4/5 - Good". Comments were:

  • "It was nice for the service users to interact and to see  their enjoyment in the story."
  • "It was nice for the services users to be a part of the story. A very good reaction from some of them."
  • "Lovely to see the enjoyment the service users are having in the storytelling session."
Ysgol Hen Felin, Pentre. 01/12/14

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 33 children with severe learning disabilities. We received combined feedback one behalf of all the teachers. They judged that all 33 children had benefitted from the storytelling. They rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good” and added, "Feedback from everyone has been hugely positive. All pupils engaged in the sessions, including some that can be hard to reach. Thank you."

Ysgol Tir Morfa, Rhyl. 02/10/14

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 33 participating children. We received feedback from five teachers. They judged that all 33 children had benefitted from the storytelling. All five rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”. Comments were:

  • "Lovely multi-sensory story session. Lots of hands on activities. All pupils benefitted from the session with lots of lovely responses."
  • "Lovely use of resources - for all senses."
  • "Thank you for an interesting and exciting session this morning! We all thoroughly enjoyed it!"
  • "The session was fantastic and the storyteller was able to engage every pupil in the class, all of which have varying needs. We would be happy to see the storyteller back again soon!"
Ysgol Cedewain, Newtown. 26/06/14

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 37 participating children. We received feedback from three teachers. They judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the storytelling. Two rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good” and one as "4/5 - Good”. One added "Pupils in my class were all very engaged in the stories. All abilities enjoyed them and sat and listened very well. Good job!"

The Hollies School, Cardiff. 20/05/14

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 32 participating children. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers. They judged that all 32 children had benefitted from the storytelling and rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”. They added "Thank you - this was a wonderful experience."

Crownbridge Special School, Torfaen. 02/10/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 38 participating children. We received feedback from two teachers. They judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the storytelling. Both rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”.

Abergavenny Castle. 25/09/13

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 16 children from Overmonnow School, Monmouth, Crownbridge School, Torfaen and Pen-y-Cwm School, Ebbw Vale. We received feedback from three teachers. They judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the storytelling. All three rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”. One added, "The children really enjoyed the Bag Books experience. We were very pleased to be invited to take part in such a lovely session." Another commented, "The stories and the performer were brilliant. The more animated he was the better. The children enjoyed the Haircut story. All staff and children enjoyed the stories and the performer." The third said, "Excellent story and plenty of interactive ideas - fantastic storyteller - very engaging and attentive with learners of all levels."

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flint. 21/03/13

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 28 participating children. We received feedback from five teachers. They judged that all the children in their classes had benefitted from the storytelling. All five rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”.

Blaen-y-Coed Resource Centre, Llangoed. 25/01/13, 15/02/13, 22/02/13

There were a total of 21 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good".

Morswyn Resource Centre, Holyhead. 25/01/13, 15/02/13, 22/02/13

There were a total of 41 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Everyone has really enjoyed the storytelling and have all involved themselves." Another commented, "I have enjoyed the storytelling and being able to have a go myself."

Bridgeview House, Portskewett. 09/01/13, 23/01/13, 06/02/13

A total of 8 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".

Homelands, Penhow. 09/01/13, 23/01/13, 06/02/13

A total of 9 adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Storytelling as an observer was brilliant. As a storyteller I started off nervous but grew in confidence."

Cunliffe Resource Centre, Wrexham. 28/09/12, 12/10/12, 26/10/12

A total of seven adult participants across the three sessions. There were two trainees and both rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "Really enjoyed seeing the people we support enjoy the session." The other commented, "It was good and I enjoyed it."

Glanrafon Resource Centre . 28/09/12, 12/10/12, 26/10/12

A total of 13 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees and they all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good".

Woodlands High School, Cardiff. 12/10/12

Our Storyteller ran five multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 36 participating children. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers. They judged that all the children had benefitted from the storytelling and all rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”.

Pen-y-Cwm Special School, Ebbw Vale. 27/04/12

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 56 participating children. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers. They judged that all the children had benefitted from the storytelling and all rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”.

Craig Y Parc School, Cardiff. 10/01/12

Our Storyteller ran multi-sensory storytelling sessions with a total of 24 children. We received combined feedback on behalf of all the teachers. They judged that all the children had benefitted from the storytelling and all rated the experience as "5/5 - Very Good”.

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