Sensory stories

Sensory stories are a great way to provide sensory stimulation and develop communication. Most importantly, they make stories fully accessible.

Almost every book can be broken down into workable parts. Each part should be a sentence or two long and accompanied by a sensory experience. For sensory items, try to use the real thing if possible and make sure you find an item to match the story, not the other way around.

It is important to tell the story a number of times with consistency. This repetition promotes cognitive development and helps the child develop an understanding of communication. It also encourages anticipation and the expression of preferences.

Top tip

It is worth considering whether published stories are relevant – or whether creating a personalised story is more meaningful.

First published: Monday 17 October 2016
Updated: Monday 31 October 2016