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Multi-sensory books

Multi-sensory books offer accessible stories for those who cannot benefit from mainstream books.They are told interactively, through actions and emotions rather than words and pictures, so they are perfect for anyone with severe learning difficulties (SLD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and those on the autistic spectrum. They also work well with children who have language delay and younger mainstream children with visual impairment.

The multi-sensory books comprise a large-print storyboard with 6 - 12 lines of text. Each line of the story is matched with a specially selected object which participants are helped to access hand-over-hand.These objects engage the senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and motion. The photographs below show some of the objects being used in our story Kofi and The Magic Shaker.

Photo of a storytelling session

Kofi lived in Africa where the weather was always warm.

Photo of a storytelling session

“Phew it’s very hot today” said Kofi and he went to sit under a coconut tree in the shade.

Photo of a storytelling session

A strange looking spider with two large eyes crept down from the tree.

Photo of a storytelling session

The spider whispered to Kofi and laughed, “I know a better way to cool down.”

Photo of a storytelling session

The spider ran back up the tree…

Photo of a storytelling session

...and started shaking and shaking the branches.

Photo of a storytelling session

Lots of beautiful birds flew out of the tree and swirled around Kofi.

Photo of a storytelling session

And as the birds flapped their wings, Kofi felt a nice breeze all around his body.

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