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Our magical nurses bring books to life!

Published date: 09 October 2017

Our magical nurses bring books to life!

Today we have had a sensory experience by reading the Room on the Broom sensory story! 

For children with visual and hearing impairments it is a really fun way of bringing a book to life rather than just reading it aloud.  All children really enjoy a sensory story and it is a great way of families sharing a story with all of their children together regardless of physical or mental abilities.

So what is a sensory story?  I am sure many Mums and Dads have heard of the story “Room on the Broom” where a witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. They climb on, one after the next, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?  

The story is great fun as a traditional story but it is made even more fun when you have a selection of props to further describe the story.  We can use puppets, objects, flash cards and face masks to bring another dimension to the story. For children with special needs it enhances communication, language and literacy development as we can fully explore the story with these props.  Of course the children barely know it’s an educational tool, they are too busy having a riot being a witch or a dragon!

We can also progress the session by making a witches hat for a craft activity, or going on a woodland walk and collecting twigs and cones like in the book.

The children that come to our hospice really enjoy these sessions and it also helps them to achieve their best potential through educational play.  Hospice Care isnt just about medication, sensory play is just as important in a childs development.

As we focus on #HospiceCareWeek we invite you to expereince all of the wonderful ways our hospice supports the children and their families during their time here.  After all, without YOUR support, we would not be here to offer these amazing facilities.

If you would like to get involved with #HospiceCareWeek, why not be a #OneHourHero and spend an hour of your time to raise an hour of care (£25.00).

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