Central to the process and the SECOND stage of the Sensory Learning Toolkit  is the need to identify what engages the learner in a meaningful and motivating manner; that is, what the student likes, responds to or what makes them happy.  There may be a number of tools available to assist the practitioner with providing a picture of a student’s preferred sensory learning needs and interests. For this toolkit we have identified one such tool to gather information on ‘what a student likes’: The Happiness Audit.

‘If we take emotional happiness as an excellent framework for learning, 
it can provide the optimum framework for learning’. (Flo Longhorn 2007)


What is it?
The Happiness Audit has been modified from The Sensory Happiness Check Sheet (Flo Longhorn 2007). It is a simple assessment process that will offer an insight into a learner’s preferred:    

  • learning contexts and positive responses shown
  • sensory stimuli
  • sensory experiences
  • communication/interaction
  • environment needs 

The purpose of the Happiness Audit is to:

  • gather information about the learner that will assist in providing a positive, safe and happy environment
  • support overall emotional happiness and thus engage the learner in learning
  • assist in developing a sensory approach to learning, highlight sensory learning preferences for each learner and provide important inroads to support more formal assessment and access to the curriculum  

The documents below provide a step by step guide of how to complete a Happiness Audit on students in your class. Templates and completed examples are included:

  • Assessing Happiness article. Please read before completing a Happiness Audit
  • Happiness Audit revised.  Provides guidelines and templates to complete a Happiness Audit
  • Happiness Observation Sheet completed example
  • Sensory Happiness Profile completed example
  • Other tools
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