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Maureen Phillip on Multisensory Storytelling

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Maureen Phillip on Multisensory Storytelling


Maureen Phillip has worked with Promoting A More Inclusive Society (PAMIS) in Scotland for over 20 years and is the Senior Family Support and development Director.

She has become an expert by experience in many areas related to profound and multiple learning disabilities and still continues to be taught so much by people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, with particular expertise in multi-sensory storytelling.

In this interview, we discuss how ‘the story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, heart to heart’ and how this storytelling ethos can be used to help support adults and children. Maureen goes on to explain how and why we should make our storytelling multisensory. She goes on to explain how at PAMIS these techniques are used to help children and young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities. We also discuss how to transfer that to Early Years settings and the wider community – including mention of the Pamiloo!

PAMIS, promoting a more inclusive society, is the only charity that solely supports children, young people and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their families to lead healthy, valued and included lives. PAMIS offers programmes including: Family support services; education and development; research and practice development; inclusive culture and leisure; campaigns; information sharing and an extensive library including the PAMIS multisensory stories; and resources to support technology-enabled care.

Links to the PAMIS website: http://pamis.org.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PAMIS_Scotland

Edinburgh International Book Festival site: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/

Felix after the Rain at the Edinburgh Book Festival: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/illustrate-your-feelings-with-dunja-jogan

The video with the songs and children’s involvement in Felix after the Rain: https://learning.edbookfest.co.uk/resources/felix-after-the-rain-a-sensory-story-from-pamis/

Sensory Maps and Dr Kate McLean

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