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Sensory stories: helping children with autism access literacy (half-day)


15/07/2020 09:30







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About this event

Young children with autism can sometimes have tactile differences and difficulties. Sensory stories can be a fun way of incorporating literacy and exposure to different touch experiences.
This half-day workshop will explore a variety of simple sensory stories and give you the opportunity to try making your own. It is aimed at practitioners working with preschool children, early primary classes or older children with a severe cognitive loss.

Key learning:

  • Developing joint attention in young children
  • Promoting understanding/expressive skills
  • Decreasing hyper-sensitivities to touch and promoting awareness of different textures

Facilitator bio

Lilias Nicholls is a speech and language therapist with many years’ experience of working with children and young people at the most severe end of the autistic spectrum. She combines traditional methods of interventions with the practice of yoga, sensory stories and signing. She is especially interested in how yoga can facilitate a readiness to learn and open up a path to early literacy in pre- and primary school children.

Lilias uses sensory stories as interactive and fun ways
to engage children with autism. She is also a Signalong trainer and believes that, as mostly visual learners, young people with autism can benefit from being exposed to and being shown basic signs as a means of improving communication skills.

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