2006 Conference General Sessions





Paul Nuttall
Quay Street
Manchester M60 9EA United Kingdom
Day Phone: +44 (0)161-827-2913
Fax: +44 (0)161-827-2966
Email: Paul.Nuttall@granadamedia.com

Try out the “Sensory Assessment and Profiling Tool”, identify children with particular sensory needs. Explore intervention strategies. Try software programs designed to stimulate specific senses.

Students with profound and multiple learning difficulties can react to their environment in a myriad of ways. We’ll try out the “Sensory Assessment and Profiling Tool”, designed to help teachers identify children with particular sensory needs, then explore intervention strategies.


The assessment begins with a description of the main sensory areas: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement. The main body of the assessment features a series of questions relating to each of these sensory areas. For example, when concentrating on sight, the tools asks questions such as, “Does the person enjoy reading/looking at pictures?”, “Does the person seek out brightly colored objects?”. Each question requires a response that is based on a “Likert scale”. Assessors are asked to indicate if and how frequently a response occurs. Each descriptor of frequency will be defined at the beginning of the assessment and a feature is available for the assessor to obtain a definition of the sensory need. Upon completion of the assessment, the assessor will be able to print a report that indicates sensory preferences, gaps in sensory input and suggestions for management. This acts as the basis for appropriate intervention programs.


After reviewing the assessment, we’ll explore software programs which have been effective in specific situations, with students having profound and multiple difficulties.  Therapists will share student projects, and tell wonderful success stories. Get great resources plus a subscription to www.elementaryzone.com. Software giveaways.

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