A sensory story partners concise text* with strong sensory stimuli to convey a narrative. The sensory stories on this page are designed to be easily resourced at home. Sensory stories are fun for everyone, but have particular benefits for individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities, autism or sensory processing disorder, communication disorders, learning disabilities and dementia.
*Typically less than 10 sentences, although some stories on this page have more.
A free basic guide to sharing a sensory story and various summary leaflets about sensory stories are available as a downloads at the bottom of this page.
To learn more about sensory story telling please come to an event. If you would like to keep up to date with the Sensory Projects in a more informal manner please connect via Twitter or Facebook
Sensory Stories for Children and Teens contains information about the importance of sensory stimulation and narrative, along with five new sensory stories and associated lesson/activity plans to support further engagement with the stories.
Sensory stories from the Sensory Projects
Use the paypal buttons below the story block to purchase stories.
Stories come with:
Use the paypal buttons to purchase the stories securely. Stories are normally posted within 3 working days and should arrive within 10 working days for UK purchases, global purchases will take longer. Once you have placed your order you will receive email confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org (please check spam folders for this message if you do not receive it within 24 hours). Receipts can be printed from paypal.
Homework packs contain ten laminated or 'never tear' copies of the story, with simple instructions and resource list on the back. These are suitable for schools looking to send work home linked to a story they are sharing in class. (Homework packs are marked HWP in the drop down menus on the paypal buttons).
Purchasing sensory stories.
To purchase a story choose it from the drop down menus on the paypal buttons below. Menus are arranged alphabetically. Stories cost £14 each, homework packs cost £20 each. Homework packs are indicated by the letters HWP after the title of the story.
To view the stories in your shopping cart please click here:
"I teach secondary students with SLD/ PMLD I love your stories and can't wait to use them with my students"
"I work with children with PMLD, one of the biggest challenges is when the extent of the child's learning difficulty is not fully appreciated. Sensory stories are so valuable in allowing a child to experience something that is meaningful and enjoyable."
"I've just received Cocoon, it's great, I'm ordering three more stories."
"My niece arrived 4 weeks early, we saw her for the first time today, took her the sensory story and she loved it. Thank you."
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the most amazing stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I was so overwhelmed with the level of detail in the stories. Thank you for allowing me to share your very special stories and stimuli with some very special children."
Feedback for Sensory Stories for Children and Teens
"Favourite bit so far (only got it today, so lots more to read!) is the way you explain the importance of choosing powerful sensory stimuli and making sure each one is enhancing the story. you have managed to explain something that I've known but couldn't have previously articulated! you have a beautiful, clear and easy-reading style." - Jill Goodwin - Tingly Productions
"Joanna writes from the heart, making the book easy to read and extremely interesting." Gill Townsend
"I have been creating stimulus for sensory storytelling and trailing these ideas in my work with children with special needs. The response from the kids has been pure delight and I love the playfulness and sense of wonder and joy it provides." Kim Cooke
"Highly recommended for the easy to read theory and the practical examples of assessment, lesson plans and support." Special school teacher.
"A life-changing voyage into the sensory world for special needs parents." James Gordon - Autism advocate
"Subtitled a practical guide, it is exactly that and more. Beginning with a brief, straightforward explanation of what sensory stories actually are, she goes on to provide a five part book, the contents of which, I suggest, could become the heart of a curriculum for those with a wide range of special needs." Jill Bennett: Red Reading Hub, to read a longer review from Jill please click here .
What is The Sensory Story Project?
The Sensory Story Project recognised that great sensory stimuli do not have to be expensive. Every day items can be great experiences if you know how to use them. The Sensory Story Project was the first of the Sensory Projects and seeded all the others.The Sensory Story Project was set up to create great sensory stories that people can resource themselves, it began as a Kickstarter Project and it's success is down to the all the wonderful people and organisations appearing below.
pictures show a young man experiencing the sensory story Cocoon,they are displayed here with the kind permission of his mother. Hearing from people who have shared the stories at home is always my favourite kind of feedback.