Sensory Stories and Kits
Bring Literacy Alive
Stories are always an important part of learning for all young people, but especially for those with vision impairment.
Listening skills, learning about the world around you, and exposure to new vocabulary and new ideas, are all valuable learning.
For young people with vision impairment, including those with multiple disabilities and vision impairment, stories often require some additional sensory stimulation to give meaning and add active interest to an otherwise passive listening time.
Using a little imagination, resourcefulness and creativity, educators can bring stories alive and give young people a rich and rewarding experience. Making a sensory kit to with a story can help bring it alive for a pupil who can't see the pictures and words on a page.
Sensory kits can also be used to learn about topic work, themed information, or in preparation for real world experiences.
Key points to remember when making sensory stories
- Make stories multi-sensory – stimulating as many senses as possible give a richer experience
- Use real world objects – real and relevant items give valid meaning, enhancing learning
- Adapt to the pupil – vocabulary and delivery method should be simplified or enhanced as appropriate
- Collaborate and share – story and topic kits should be shared resources, allowing many more young people to enjoy
- Keep organised – labeling kits, using contents cards and keeping things tidy helps everyone and makes sure nothing goes missing.
Watch our short video How to Create Sensory Story Resources.
Learn in depth by watching our video presentation Promoting Literacy in Pre-Braille Skills, Braille and Large Print.