On this course you will learn how you can support children, adults and families with sensory & SEND needs in your setting.
If you are a museum, gallery or heritage site and are looking at how you can feel more confident in welcoming visitors with special needs and access requirements to your settings then this training is for you.
You will be taught by Becky Lyddon - the founder of Sensory Spectacle who educate about and create awareness of Sensory Processing Difficulties. Becky worked with the Royal Academy of Art, London in 2019 to create their sensory map which is now public access on their website.
Sam Bowen is a museum development officer and works for the South East Museum Development Programme based in Kent. Her daily job can be anything from meeting a museum to discuss their needs to setting up training days or running projects. Sam is also a SEND mum and is keen to share her love of museums and heritge settings with her disabled daughter Lucy.
This training will teach you how you can make sure information is available for families and groups to access prior to their visit, what information they may find helpful, how to create a sensory map, how to find and access funding for this as well as other ways you can ensure all visitors feel welcome in your setting.
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Born and raised in Devon, I founded Sensory Spectacle in 2014. Originally from the field of Graphic Design, I was captivated by the autistic sensory world whilst working in a centre in West London that supports children and young people with complex health needs and disabilities.
Throughout the 7 years I worked there I set up a sensory toy library, qualified as a regional Makaton tutor & trained the staff to support sensory needs of the children. Alongside my work, I completed my Masters degree in Art & Science from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London receiving a distinction for my immersive installations focusing on the autistic sensory world. My experience and understanding of Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD) inspired me to educate the public on how people with SPD may experience their surroundings and thus Sensory Spectacle was born.
In early 2016 I worked with Queensmill School in London to research and create the Sensory Dining Room training to teach, through experience, about sensory difficulties at mealtimes - this included a 3 course meal as well as environmental factors.
In 2022 The Wellcome Trusts' public engagement fund funded me to create the Sensory Supermarket as part of a larger research project with researchers from Oxford and Reading university.
This training gives relevant information for anyone welcoming families and SEN groups to their setting.