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About Sensory Storytelling

Sensory Storytelling brings the magic of an author visit and the many benefits of books and sensory storytelling to pupils in Scotland’s special schools.

A child reading a picture book with a woman

Children with complex additional needs can struggle to engage with the world around them. Multi-sensory storytelling is one way of empowering children to express their thoughts and ideas, help teachers create a calm, relaxed atmosphere and ensure a positive, enriched and creative school experience.

Inclusive Stories Tour

In February 2024 the Inclusive Stories Tour is bringing Lisette Auton to your school. Author and artist Lisette Auton will be visiting primary and secondary schools in Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Perth & Kinross.

Find out more about the Inclusive Stories Tour

Sensory Stories Summer Roadshow

The Sensory Stories Summer Roadshow is bringing live author events to children with additional support needs in Scotland during the summer holidays. Applications are now closed.

Find out more about the Sensory Stories Summer Roadshow

Inclusive Stories Festival

Our 2023 Inclusive Stories Festival took place online from Monday 6 February to Friday 10 February. Find out more on our Inclusive Stories Festival webpage.

The Sensory Storytelling project provides various resources and book lists that you can use alongside the Inclusive Stories Festival.

School residencies

We offer fully-funded opportunities for ASN schools across Scotland to work with professional writers, storytellers and creators as part of our Live Literature programme.

'I think it's opened the world up for the pupils as they've all been allowed to shine in their own way. . . For me, it has been the highlight of my career so far – getting to try different things and involve different people in the school. It's gone so fast, but we will find a way to keep it going – this is not the end!'

Sensory Stories Fund grant

Our Sensory Stories Fund provides a £500 grant for schools and groups working with children and young people with additional support needs to promote a love of stories in their setting. Applications are currently closed.

Development of tactile book

To help children on their reading journey, Scottish Book Trust was delighted to gift Getting Ready to every child aged 5-12 in a special school or special needs setting in Scotland in 2021.

Getting Ready is a fantastic resource for schools and families. Developed by Child’s Play in consultation with children, families and organisations working with blind and partially sighted children, it contains high-contrast images, tactile features and Braille-style numbering. It is suitable for children with a variety of additional support needs, and is the perfect book to support exploring and establishing routines.

We also provide free tactile books for children with additional support needs(this link will open in a new window) through our Bookbug Programme.

Multi-sensory learning resources

We have created several multi-sensory learning resources through this project:

The Mohn Westlake Foundation

Sensory Storytelling is funded by The Mohn Westlake Foundation