Learn and apply: Using multisensory story telling as a means to gather knowledge about preferences and abilities of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities: Three case studies

Annet ten Brug*, Annette van der Putten, Carla Vlaskamp

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Knowledge about the preferences and abilities of children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMDs) is crucial for providing appropriate activities. Multi-sensory storytelling (MSST) can be an ideal activity for gathering such knowledge about children with PIMDs. The aim of this study was to analyse whether using MSST did lead to changes in teachers’ knowledge about preferences and abilities and whether this knowledge was then applied in practice. Three dyads of children with PIMDs and their teachers read an MSST book 20 times during a 10-week period. A questionnaire designed to identify the teachers’ current knowledge was filled in before the 1st and again after the 10th and 20th reading sessions. Also, the teachers were asked for their opinion about their newly gathered knowledge. In all three cases, changes in the teachers’ knowledge were observed. However, teachers are insufficiently aware of their new knowledge and do not apply it in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-360
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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