Sensory Needs Practitioner Training

Online Training Course by NW Autism & SEND

Upcoming Training Dates

Course Summary


‘Sensory Needs’ Practitioner Online Accredited Training: Including Sensory Circuits’

This training is a brand new intervention to help children with sensory processing difficulties with/out autism, as it’s widely known that children with autism are four times more likely to suffer with anxiety. Sensory processing can be recognised as being a big problem for children with autism especially in the school environment due to the overwhelming sensory experiences for children, which can lead to explosive meltdowns and other distress.

Sensory Training
A sensory training session

This online full day accredited training is designed to upskill staff in schools (to deliver a range of interventions for children with sensory processing difficulties (including sensory circuits). It is generally well accepted that more than 80-90% of children with autism have related sensory processing difficulties (SPD), yet waiting lists to families to see NHS Occupational Therapy can be more than 2 years in across the UK.

There is a huge demand for interventions with parents asking for support for their children displaying sensory distress, and this training course is not to replace the intervention or expertise of seeing highly specialised Occupational Therapists but to help staff in schools or settings with children that display signs of sensory distress to recognise this and to put appropriate interventions in place.

How much does the course cost?

  • The total cost is £200 per individual delegate!
  • SPECIAL OFFER: £100 for a second delegate from the same venue (sharing one starter kit).  

Please book as early as you can so we can ensure that you get your ‘Sensory Needs’ before the training day arrives. You receive a certificate from NW Autism and SEND, in addition to this starter kit, and an optional future consultation with NW Autism and SEND.

Group bookings, for example in a school, can be arranged for dates to fit in with your venue.  We also offer the option of splitting the day into two twilight sessions.

The day rate for group bookings is £950 for up to 9 participants (3 starter kits supplied).

What the Course will cover:

  • An understanding of Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD) and how it presents in individuals
  • Sensory integration and how sensory seeking and sensory avoiding behaviour presents itself and the complex relationship they can have
  • To understand the different senses, and the key terms used to describe the condition
  • How to recognise signs of sensory distress within individuals and how to respond in these situations
  • To gather data or profile children’s SPD needs and write a Sensory Diet taking into account the data trends gathered
  • The theory behind sensory diet and how to plan your own sessions, assess and group children according to individual  needs
  • The theory behind sensory circuits and how to plan your own sessions, assess and group children according to individual  needs
  • Health and safety information in carrying out ‘Sensory Circuits’ as a planned intervention
  • Additional specific sensory issues that need to be considered whilst profiling and designing interventions
  • Practicalities of setting up an intervention and the role of a ‘sensory needs’ practitioner in your setting
  • The ‘role’ of a sensory needs practitioner and good practice

This training is brand new and being piloted across a local authority and will be used in research as a potential evidence based intervention to be offered out across schools within the UK. Any University based researcher interested in this topic and would like to be involved in this project can contact for more information.

What you will get with the course:

  • Online small interactive session (approx. 3-8 delegates currently via TEAMS) with Beth Kitchen, Holistic Lead & Specialist Teacher from All Aboard Sensory centre in Rochdale
  • Resources delivered to your address: used during the training and yours to keep for future sessions (Sensory Needs Practitioner Kits valued at over £100 each !)
  • Certified by NW Autism & SEND, a CPD provider using highly specialised and experienced teachers
  • Emailed a wealth of online resources for you to edit according to your setting’s needs
  • An editable sensory diet from NHS Tayside, lesson plans and sensory circuit plans that you can edit for individuals and groups within your setting
  • A certificate to confirmed you have attended the training
Sensory Training Kit
What's included in the Sensory Needs kit

What are people saying about this training?

‘I like all the information about sensory processing and how to put this in a sensory diet for children – this very helpful for children I work with!’

TA from Khalsa Primary School, Slough
‘How to incorporate the sensory diet into an ‘everyday school’ has been very useful and to have all the documentation to hand is absolutely vital!’

SENCO, Khalsa Primary School

Further information about this training is available please email

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Upcoming Courses

Prearranged courses open to individuals & small groups

Open/public sessions are generally planned once a month

All  days training is 9:15 - 3:15pm online

OFFER: £100 for a second delegate from the same venue (sharing one starter kit).  

14th October'21
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate
25th November '21
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate
02nd December '21
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate
21st January '22
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate
24th February '22
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate
24th March '22
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate
21st April '22
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate
26th May '22
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate
24th June '22
09:15am - 03:15pm
£200 per delegate

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  • Normal Allocation: All courses will be filled on a first come first served basis, unless otherwise specified. Once a course is full a reserve list will be kept and any places becoming available will be offered to the reserve list in the order of when NW Autism & SEND Consultancy were notified of interest.
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  • All cancellations must be in writing
  • You should try and give as much notice as possible if you need to cancel a booking
  • Cancellation changes are as fellows per person
  • At least 30 days’ notice before the date of the course: 10% of the total cost
  • At least 20 days’ notice before the date of the course: 50% of the total close
  • 19 days’ notice or less before the date of the course: no refund given

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