The 2023 Super Sensory Lexiconary!

The 2023 Super Sensory Lexiconary!

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1046 Bristol Rd

Ship Street


B29 6LJ

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Develop Your Sensory Lexiconary is CPD accredited with The Goldsmith Centre Venue: Woodbrooke Conference Centre, 1046 Bristol Rd, Birmingham

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Develop Your Sensory Lexiconary is CPD accredited with The Goldsmith Centre

(A lexicon is the language or vocabulary of a group of people, here we are considering how sensory experiences form a lexiconary for people who do not use words).

This event is for people who support people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, or people for whom the sensory world is paramount. It teaches the development of seven sensory systems and shows you how to apply this knowledge to your practice. As this is the Super Sensory Lexiconary we will consider more than seven sensory systems and be joined by two inspiring guest speakers (a more detailed description of the event is given below).

This course covers the whole of the Develop Your Sensory Lexiconary course and more, accreditation relates to the core material, not the additional content.

In addition to the training your ticket includes:

  • Unlimited drinks and freshly baked snacks throughout both days.
  • Lunch and dinner on day one, Breakfast and lunch on day two, all freshly prepared on site using local resources.
  • Overnight accommodation for one night at the Woodbrooke retreat centre.
  • Free parking for two days at Woodbrooke.

Venue:  Woodbrooke Conference Centre, 1046 Bristol Rd, Birmingham

Our venue for the two days is absolutely gorgeous and much of the food we will be eating is grown and cooked on site.

Come ready to explore the walled herb garden, the sculpture garden, take a turn around the lake and wander the grass maze, or simply swing and take in the peace and quiet of the place. For a sneak preview: or


Develop your sensory lexiconary and learn to use it to promote engagement, communication, cognition and wellbeing for those who experience meaning in a primarily sensory way. 

This course will teach you about the development of seven sensory systems and show you how to select and organise sensory resources in such a way as to engage people who do not use words in conversations, whilst also supporting their mental well-being and developing their cognition. 

As this is the Super Sensory Lexiconary we will look at some extra sensory systems as well and we will be joined by fabulous guest speakers:

Doctoral researcher and PMLD class teacher Julia Rhodes will be sharing her work on Nurturing Touch with us.

Julia has been a special needs teacher in the north of England for 15 years. She is also a doctoral researcher at The University Birmingham. Her research is exploring the touch experiences teenagers with PMLD encounter whilst they are in education and what they mean to them. In the classroom she aims to provide nurturing, quirky and creative learning experiences to enable her pupils to flourish.

Sensory performance artist and workshop facilitator Kathrine Smith will be inviting us to explore embodiment through interacting with her artworks.

Kathrine studied at The Slade, mastering in fine art, she has worked in schools and hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, with people with profound disabilities using playful creative practice to investigate embodiment and to answer experiences of dissociation. She has a rich understanding of the responsiveness of materials and how they provide us with ways to connect to ourselves and to each other.

Each of your sensory systems has a development that it runs through. Sensations from early development are easier for the brain to process so can be relaxing/soothing, or they can register 'louder' as it were. Some people lead their whole lives in the early stages of sensory development. Understanding the development of the sensory systems can support you to know what sensations a person might be able to process and how to offer them the experiences next in the sequence, supporting their development. Understanding the development of the senses is also a useful tool when it comes to doing sensory detective work around the experiences of people who process sensory information differently.

Everyone is welcome on these days but they are particularly suitable for:

  • People who support individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
  • People who are looking to use sensory communication with individuals in the later stages of dementia.
  • People who work with babies and children in the early years who are looking to develop their sensory practice.
  • Creative individuals looking to develop sensory works to engage with sensory communicators.
  • People who work in special schools or run groups that support students from special schools.
  • People with a particular interest in sensory literacy.

Delegates on previous Lexiconaries have included: parents, foster carers, teachers from special and mainstream settings, portage workers, speech and language therapists, CAMHS team members, artists and actors, support workers, staff from hospital education teams, children's hospice practitioners, staff from dementia care settings, people supporting refugees and victims of trauma, people who support babies in the first months of life, staff members from CICs looking to support inclusion in society, social researchers, family members and more. I look forward to welcoming new diverse delegates in the future. Many delegates choose to attend for a second, third or even fourth time, so I also look forward to welcoming familiar faces too!

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with some delegates describing it as "life changing" for the people they support.

Like many things the Lexiconary took a break in response to the pandemic and this will be the first time it returns, it will be so exciting to get to meet one another again!


Professional tickets are for people who attend the course funded by their employer.

Parent/Carer/Student tickets are for people who attend the course and fund themselves to do so.

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Additional details A full agenda for these two days will be uploaded to this page prior to the event, along with details of what to expect and what to bring with you, plus more information about the delicious nibbles we will have to feast on over the two days.

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