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Creating a sensory map - Sensory & SEND training

Everything museums, galleries and heritage sites need to know to support their visitors with SEND.

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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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Your Instructor


Becky Lyddon
Becky Lyddon

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.

Sensory Spectacle creates immersive environments to help educate about SPD. I design and build immersive experiences alongside people with SPD to help society experience for themselves how SPD can impact daily lives. I was commissioned to create the Sensory Classroom in 2015 at The Autism Show in London, Birmingham & Manchester. Following on from this I also created the Transition Classroom the following year 2016 for the same event.


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.
I now provide these immersive experiences as in-house training for schools, care settings and other settings.


Everything I do is to help create a better public awareness and understanding of Sensory Difficulties. Some of my experiences have recently been available for the public to learn from by being exhibited in The National Gallery, London, The Royal Academy of Art, London & The British Library, London.
By learning through the experience of my installations I hope to encourage parents and professionals to gain a unique insight into SPD through empathy too. Feedback from these installations have said to change the way adults & children with additional needs are cared for by parents and professionals.

I am lucky to be travelling the world to educate about SPD, so far I have travelled to Mumbai, Uganda, Dubai & Denver, CO. I regularly run workshops, keynote at conferences and exhibit my immersive environments in a whole range of locations.
I am passionate about everyone being able to access the information which I teach about and so have created a YouTube channel with 100's of videos where I explain different aspects of SPD so that wherever you are in the world you will be able to access some information in order to understand aspects of SPD better.

This training gives relevant information for anyone welcoming families and SEN groups to their setting.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for the next 12 months. You can complete the course in 7 hours.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 3 days and we will offer a full refund.