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Storytelling In Your Area - Yorkshire and the Humber: 2016 onwards

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

Delius Special School, Bradford. 08/05/17

Our Storyteller ran six 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 four teachers who judged that all bar two of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good" and one as “4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "Pupils all engaged. Excellent props for the story. Children explored the sensory 'items'. All children were involved, due to fab storyteller and her props."
  • "Something different, sensory materials, sounds. Interacting with children. [I was surprised to see] one child pulling the rope and another child rubbing their hands round the circle [In the longer term this will help them] beginning to move onto stories, fixation from objects to books."
  • "All children responded with enthusiasm to most objects and tried to have a turn with most activities. [I was surprised that] F (pupil premium child) was very engaged, excited, reaching out, eager and laughing. [In the longer term this will help with] turn taking, tactile exploration, stories."
  • "They were engaged and sat for most of the session waiting to touch the different boards. We were surprised that nearly all of them sat and waited for a turn [In the longer term this will help with] enabling them to turn-take and wait and cope with an unfamiliar person. The lady was fantastic :)"

Bradmere, Thorne. 10/04/17, 20/04/17, 27/04/17

There were a total of 24 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees. Two rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good" and one as "3/5 - Average". One added, "Really enjoyed the sessions. Brilliant concept. " The other commented, "Trainer very approachable."

Bridge Street, Doncaster. 10/04/17, 20/04/17, 27/04/17

There were a total of 24 adult participants across the three sessions. There were three trainees who all rated the overall training/mentoring as "5/5 - Very Good". One added, "I loved the training. Our trainer was fantastic and really enjoyed her feedback." The other commented, "Many thanks."

The Dales School, Northallerton. 05/12/16

Our Storyteller ran three 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 three teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. One rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good" and two as “4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "The session was very engaging and interactive. Social group activity but individual time given to each pupil. Storyteller was in tune to each pupil's needs i.e. did not assume and take control - waited for pupil to indicate preferred hand to use/how they chose to interact. Pupils were engaged even when it wasn't their 'turn' which doesn't always happen in storytelling. Pupils tracked storyteller around the circle :-) All pupils engaged and continued interactive group work sessions always beneficial."
  • "Social interaction from new adults in a familiar environment, appropriate sensory experience for all students. One child a little unsettled - couldn't be helped! All students were able to sit for the session. One child tolerated hands being prompted to touch when usually reluctant."
  • "Used all sensory aspects. Gave students a choice to fully interact in the story. Lots of smiles throughout from students. One student showed good anticipation of their turn. Allowed each pupil to explore in own way. Great focus on certain props not just ones with sound effects. Smiles throughout their turn. Good patience waiting turns not losing interest. [In the longer term this will help with] dealing with new people, using all senses, cause and effect work skills, social skills - turn taking, following instructions."

Southfield School, Bradford. 21/11/16

Our Storyteller ran seven 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 benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good" and one as “4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "Students able to use touch and senses to explore."
  • "All pupils responded to the different sensory effects. Pupils were engaged through eye contact, touch, scent. [In the longer term the] multi-sensory approach is ideal for PMLD students. Use this approach in most/all lessons where we can so will build on pupils exploring more with support and independently."
  • "Each student in the group participated in some way even though it was a mixed ability group. I (who can sometimes be unresponsive in story sessions) reached out to touch the objects and opened the door on the ghost train. We run a story club each lunch time so would be an idea to use the stories a few times a week."
  • "Real life resources that are recognisable and familiar to pupils. Included various senses - perfume to smell, toy to squeeze that makes a noise, things to stroke. Resources taken to each pupil - very inclusive to all. Excellent practitioner who responded to pupils' needs very well. Interacted well with letterbox, brush and smelling the perfume. Despite distracting behaviours, pupils were encouraged via practitioner and interesting resources. It was good to have an age related story that brought familiar objects into it. Moving forward, we would look at other stories where familiar, possibly household objects would be brought in and included."
  • "Lots of different sensory stimuli - good stories - age appropriate. It was very good. R ( a student who can leave class and not participate) sat really well, gave good eye contact and was really interested in the session. [In the longer term this will help with] lots of good sensory input, keeping students engaged."

Beechcliffe Special School, Keighley. 07/11/16

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 28 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from four teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Three rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good" and one as “4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "Lots of sensory experiencial going on. All pupils took part and engaged in activities and took something from the story interaction  D and Z both enjoyed the storytelling and the touching and smelling for each story."
  • "Very hands on as the group was small and each pupil was given time to explore each sensory book. The multi-sensory stories were excellent and all eyes were fixed on the objects used to tell the story. [In the longer term this will] help understand sharing, taking part and turn taking."
  • "All appeared to enjoy taking part and having attention. Could use to anticipate actions with practice."
  • "Engaging and fun. The children liked getting involved with the story by touching the objects and it was very multi sensory which suited a lot of children. [In the longer term this will help them to become] less tactile defensive."

Springhead School, Scarborough. 10/10/16

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 33 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from six teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good" and two as “4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "[The session helped with] being with a group - social skills. Looking/observing the story boards. Interactive with story boards, peers, adults. K: didn't react by crying as he often does when meeting new people; M: became more confident as the story was told; M: paid attention to some of the boards, reaching out independently to touch; B & J anticipated the boards coming to them. [In the longer term this will help with] encouraging observation skills, language skills, focus."
  • "All pupils were engaged by elements of the stories. Three pupils focused particularly well throughout. We use multisensory elements in all our storytelling."
  • "[The session helped with] turn taking. Sensory experience. New people to meet. One pupil took gloves off and touched items she wouldn't normally. [In the longer term this will help with] overcoming own barriers (touching unexpected things) and turn taking."
  • "[The session helped with] lots of interaction, focussed for extended periods. One of our sixth formers often tries to avoid work or participatory activities but interacted most of the time when asked. Another was very engaged and excited at all points in the story when she could interact - touch, smell, sounds. It has been useful for us to see which students have responded so well to this kind of storytelling with interactive props."
  • "ALL were included and were enjoying the story. Lots of smiles throughout. All engaged. Even using hand over hand for those needing extra help. Absolutely fab!! So lovely to see our children excel and have so much involvement. Thank you. All excelled, maintaining interaction, joining in. Some students picking up key words e.g. fish, pig. [In the longer term this will help with] improving the children's vocabulary and improving children's knowledge."
  • "Very good multi-sensory engagement. Personable presentation. Good activities for eye contact and movement. The use of smell as a 'near sense' was a good starting point for sustaining engagement with one pupil. Pupils have developed their interaction/anticipation skills in a multi-sensory context."

North Ridge Community School, Doncaster. 11/07/16

Our Storyteller ran nine multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 73 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from eight teachers who judged that all of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Six rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good" and two as “4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "All pupils kept engaged/ enjoyed story. Plus benefit of sensory."
  • "Really fun session, all students engaged. Very interactive and the right level for the students."
  • "Excellent stories. Children loved the interaction and listened well."
  • "Activity was perfect for all our children. Very tactile and they could all engage."
  • "All the pupils enjoyed the interactive stories. Thank you."

Oakfield Park School, Pontefract. 20/06/16

Our Storyteller ran seven multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 34 children with severe or profound & multiple learning disabilities. We received feedback from seven teachers who judged that all bar one of the 34 children had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. All seven rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good". Comments were:

  • "Pupils enjoy the tactile and sensory input. Even the quietest pupils enjoy and make eye contact with the storyteller. The literacy element comes through the whole experience. Thank you"
  • "Storyteller interacted very well with the young adults, nice how she introduced herself. The interaction and eye contact was very good."
  • "Lovely experience for pupils. Nice resources."
  • "We do have and use Bag books in school. All our students enjoy the sensory approach even those working at a higher level."
  • "Very enjoyable for all the students, even those who were reluctant at first. Props were extremely creative and encouraged interaction. Lots of food for thought. Every student engaged at several points and demonstrated likes and dislikes. The storytelling was fluent and interesting and students quickly got the idea of turn taking. Pace was super. Loved it . Thank you."
  • "A fantastic session. All students were engaged and enjoying themselves. The stories and accompanying materials were just at the right level. The way they were presented made them real and funny. All the students enjoyed the session and those that were capable voiced their approval but it was evident that everyone benefitted. The staff liked it too !!"

Ravenscliffe High School, Halifax. 19/04/16

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

  • "The sensory resources were really good and [the Storyteller] delivered the stories very well. The students were engaged and the stories were at their level. The students may have benefitted from having a bit more time to explore the sensory items as lots of them have developmental delay and need time to process information. Good use of resources with regards to different senses e.g. smelling candy floss and the smelly skunk!"
  • "Really enjoyable session for students. The story reached out to everybody."
  • "The session was highly beneficial, particularly for students with more complex needs. The props were excellent and the Bag Book lady was very enthusiastic and clear; levelling the work beautifully. All students were engaged and gained from the session."
  • "Storyteller worked at a good pace with all students. Students interacted well with the storyteller and they all seemed very engaged. Content of the story/stories were great."

Hilltop School, Rotherham. 01/03/16

Our Storyteller ran six multi-sensory storytelling sessions involving a total of 37 children with profound & multiple learning disabilities and/or severe autism spectrum disorder. We received feedback from five teachers who judged that all bar two of the children in their classes had benefitted from the multi-sensory storytelling. Four rated the overall experience as “5/5 – Very Good" and one as “4/5 – Good". Comments were:

  • "Really enjoyed session."
  • "Thank you"
  • "Some children at our school struggle to sit for long periods of time so it would not be beneficial to them, as they would get distressed."
  • "The storyteller really told the story about the pirates with a lot of expression. Our children were really engaged in this story. Our children get a lot out of sensory stories where they can listen to different sounds, smells, and touch the sensory boards. She was a very kind lady who spoke to the children and staff when they entered the room."
  • "Lovely session - many thanks."
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