Our senses play a vital role in living and learning. It is important to discover how our learners receive and understand the information that their senses send to them.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction and course structure

    • Course outline

    • Your expectations of this course

  • 2

    Module 1: An introduction to multisensory learning

    • An Introduction to Multisensory Learning

    • 1A. Our Sensory System

    • 1B. Sensory Issues and Learning

    • 1C. What is Multisensory learning?

    • 1D. Why do learners with SEND need multisensory stimulation?

  • 3

    Module 2: Our sensory system and the eight senses

    • The eight senses

  • 4

    Module 3: Sensory impairment and barriers to learning

    • Introduction

    • A. Learners with a general sensory impairment

    • B. Learners with a visual impairment

    • C. Learners with a hearing loss

    • D. Learners who are tactile defensive

    • E. Learners with autism

  • 5

    Module 4: Repetition and neuroscience in multisensory learning

    • Introduction

    • Repetition and neuroscience

  • 6


    • Quiz

  • 7


    • Conclusion

    • Evaluation form


Hirstwood Training Founder

Richard Hirstwood

Richard Hirstwood is the founder of and lead consultant for Hirstwood Training. He is passionate about enabling educators/practitioners to maximise the impact of delivering sensory learning opportunities, in a sensory room or other learning environments, with the resources available to them. He has developed innovative ways of delivering key skills and competencies via face to face training; coaching sessions; and hands-on work with teachers and teaching assistants; as well as creating bespoke portfolios of training videos for more than a hundred individual schools and settings. His extensive experience is based on practical knowledge, giving him insight into what works and what doesn’t in multisensory practice. Regular sessions with children and adults with autism and all additional needs in a variety of multisensory and classroom settings enable him to maintain this level of excellent practice.


Thank you to the staff, parents and children from the following schools for their enthusiasm and permission to let us film them in action!

Kemball School, Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom

Nelson Park School, Napier, New Zealand

Fairhaven School, Napier, New Zealand

Thank you to Glenwood School, Benfleet, United Kingdom for letting us share shots of their tremendous classrooms.