International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2021

Lecture Presentation

Introduction to Sensory Stories

Joanna Grace

Thu 1 July 2021
4:00pm – 5:00pm SGT (Convert Time)
Online via Zoom
SGD 10

Adult participants above 18 years

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If you are interested in creating a more inclusive classroom, performance space, or home, then join us for an hour to discover how to create sensory stories. Conceptualised by Joanna Grace, sensory stories can break down barriers to learning and understanding for children with different educational needs.

In this lecture, Joanna shares how you can use sensory stories to support an engagement with narrative for differently abled children. Drawing on years of experience working with children in mainstream and special settings, she will also suggest ways sensory stories can be used therapeutically to support people preparing for new experiences, exploring different sensations, going to hospital, and as an aid to sleep and nighttime positioning.

A note on sensory stories
Sensory stories hold particular benefits for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder, autism and other forms of special educational needs. With the right knowledge and a little creativity, Joanna believes these inexpensive resources can be effective sensory tools for inclusion.

Recommended for:
Special Needs Sector, Teachers & Educators, Counsellors & Therapists, Parents & Caregivers, Community Facilitators, Storytellers, Performing Artists


  • Lively demonstrations of sensory storytelling with props and visuals by trainer
  • After the lecture, participants will be emailed:
    • A simple handout of key points
    • A link with access to pre-recorded videos about sensory storytelling

At the end of this lecture, participants will understand:

  • What a sensory story is
  • What the key components of a great sensory story are
  • How to share a sensory story
  • How to use a sensory story


Photograpy & Video Recording Rules:

  • Unauthorised video and audio recording of this lecture presentation is strictly not permitted for this event.

Admittance Rules:

  • All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission on Zoom. 
  • Each patron must have their own ticket. 
  • Patrons will be admitted at each session using the name and email address provided when purchasing tickets.
  • The lecture presentation will be recorded for archival purposes and may be used as marketing for future editions of the Festival. All recordings will remain with the Festival and not available for dissemination.
  • The lecture presentation is a one-time livestreamed event. Recorded versions of completed livestreamed events will not be made available to patrons.
  • Latecomers will be admitted at suitable intervals to minimise disruption to the lecture presentation.
  • No refunds, no exchange of tickets.


  • Use a laptop or computer (rather than a mobile device) for a better experience.
  • Please be in a quiet area with minimal background noise or disruptions where possible.


Joanna Grace
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Joanna Grace (UK)

Joanna Grace is a Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, Author, Trainer, TEDx speaker and Founder of The Sensory Projects. Joanna seeks to contribute to a future where people are understood in spite of their differences. The Sensory Projects run on the principle that with the right knowledge and a little creativity inexpensive items can become effective sensory tools for inclusion.