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SENSORY APPROACH TO THE CURRICULUM

WHAT IS A SENSORY APPROACH TO THE CURRICULUM


A sensory approach to the curriculum facilitates the development of all the senses:


  • Touch - Tactile or Somatosensory System

  • Sight-  Visual System

  • Hearing - Auditory System

  • Taste - Gustatory System

  • Smell - Olfactory System

  • Balance/Movement - Vestibular System

  • Body Position - Proprioception System



The  integration of these senses forms a multi-sensory approach for the child to use in learning situations which enables them to develop the ability to think, learn, understand and remember, thus beginning to build up their' prerequisite skills to learning:

  • look and attend

  • control movements

  • relate to oneself, others and the world around

  • communicate

  • anticipate

  • use a working memory

  • learn through pleasurable and multisensory experiences


Why use a sensory approach to the curriculum?


For learners with PMLD, who are predominantly learning at the early stages of intellectual development, the senses represent the main focus of their learning.

A sensory approach enables them to extend their understanding, use and control of their senses and allows them to explore their environment, how they interact with it and with others around them.


How can a sensory approach to the curriculum be achieved?


A sensory approach to the curriculum  provides the basis for work in all areas of the the curriculum and should not be viewed in isolation.

The aim of a sensory approach to the curriculum is to meet the individual needs of the student underpinned by:

  • Curriculum
  • Organisation
  • Pedagogy

REFERENCES

Longhorn, F. (1988) A Sensory Curriculum for Very Special People, London: Souvenir.

Longhorn, F. (1993)  Prerequisites to Learning for Very Special People. Catalyst

                      Education Resources Ltd

Longhorn,F. (2008) The Sensology Workout - Waking Up the Senses Flo Longhorn Publications

Pagliano, P. (2001) Using a Multi-sensory Environment: A Practical Guide for Teachers, London: David Fulton.
Pagliano.P.J. (2012) The Multisensory Handbook: A guide for children and adults with sensory learning disabilities. Routledge.

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