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Multi-sensory Storytelling

Multi-sensory story telling for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

People with learning disabilities often have limited opportunities to partake in leisure activities they enjoy (Foundation for people with learning disabilities 2010). Stories help us to make sense of who we are and what has happened to us. We all use stories to explain the events of the day.

People with learning disabilities may find it hard to tell and recall stories:

- because of difficulties in learning and communication
- because people do not listen
- because people do not share story experiences with them
- because some stories are too painful to tell

(BILD 2010).

Multi-sensory story telling can bring literature alive for a variety of clients. They are particularly suitable for people with learning disabilities. I have over 3 years experience in delivering mulitple weekly, group sessions to a local council and a charitable organisation. I adapt reading material from the library to make it suitable for adults with PMLD, by using a sensory approach. I use a wide variety of literature and the stories are different each week. I bring my own props with me, but I am happy to incorpoate items that are meaningful to a particular group.


BILD., 2010. Storytelling. BILD, London. Available From: [Accessed 10/06/10].


Foundation for people with learning disabilities., 2010. Leisure activities: information. Available From: [Accessed 22/11/10].