Sensory Stories are fast becoming my favourite way to tell stories. They are engaging, fun, interactive and most importantly, put the audience member first.
But who is the audience?
Although I believe everyone can enjoy a sensory story), Sensory Stories have been developed for one very specific audience: children and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (or PMLD for short).
These are people who may have cognitive or intellectual disabilities, physical and sensory disabilities, often severe communication difficulties and complex medical needs.
People with PMLD can be hard to reach and sadly can become isolated, especially when living in residential care homes. Sensory Stories attempt to change this, by providing meaningful sensory experiences in the setting where the audience member is most comfortable - ie. we bring the story to you. Or as Maeve Donnelly of Roddensvale School told me:
"These children cannot experience the world like everyone else, so we bring the world to them."
Sensory Stories bring the world of story to children and adults who cannot pick up a book and go somewhere else.
They're also great in Early Years Settings - which will be the theme for my next blog post.