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Take Sensory Storytelling Program Home

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by SAAAC No Comments

The Storytelling Project at SAAAC is thrilled to announce the launch of a sensory storytelling guide dedicated to parents, caregivers, educators and sensory storytelling enthusiasts.

Typically, we rely on verbal communication to tell stories to children. This way of telling stories however may not be accessible to everyone, and stories after all should be for everyone! Sensory storytelling is an approach that uses many forms of communication such as gesture, facial expressions, symbols, signs and… the senses! By drawing on the senses – what we see, hear, smell, touch and taste – we are adapting the stories for different learning styles (auditory, kinesthetic, visual, verbal…) and ultimately increasing the level of engagement and enjoyment for our children and students. This in turn will support children’s early literacy skills.

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In this guide, you will learn how to:

• take a story and break it down into a simplified version
• find objects or actions to represents words or concepts
• learn different ways of using the objects or actions in the story, and
• use top tips on how to make up your own story

Objects and actions give more ‘threads’ for children to follow and learn from which enhances the accessibility of the story. When it rains in the story why not use a spray bottle to create the feeling of rain? When the story calls for wind, use your breath, hands and arms to create the sound and movement of wind. The objects you use do not have to be a literal representation. For example, a wooden spoon makes a fantastic wand, or a soft mitt can feel like the fur of an animal.

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Join us for our monthly Sensory Storytelling sessions on Tuesdays at 5:30PM, and take home your very own sensory storytelling guide. These sessions are one hour long and perfect for parents and their children. Upcoming dates are: October 17, November 21 and December 19

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Want to sign up for SAAAC’s Sensory Storytelling session or learn more? Please contact our office at 416-289-0100 …and don’t forget to bring your imagination and love of stories!