Sensory Play – Supporting teaching & learning in Infant & SEN classes

Course Overview

This innovative, reflective course aims to enhance and support teaching and learning in the junior/senior infant classrooms and in special education.

We are all sensory beings! We make sense of the world through our senses. We learn through our senses. The course is PACKED with simple, fun achievable ideas, tools, tips, advice and resources to empower your teaching.

Sensory play has countless benefits including the development of gross and fine motor skills, supporting language development, problem solving skills and social interaction.

Sensory play is important for brain development. This course will inform participants about our 8 sensory systems, and give ideas about how to support regulation in children; so they can reach the learning brain effectively.

Participants will learn about fidgeting, sensory play activities and sensory-based learning to enhance literacy and numeracy lessons. Participants will acquire information on valuable resources that will make sensory play part of your daily routine to support literacy and numeracy. This course will be experiential, reflective, interesting, exciting and fun.

Learning outcomes

  • Enhanced knowledge of what sensory play is, its benefits and how effective it can be in the classroom - to support a child's overall development and learning.
  • Enhanced knowledge of the eight sensory systems in the body - what they are and how sensory input can support regulation.
  • Enhanced skills, tools and resources for sensory play activities to support daily classroom life and the teaching and learning of literacy and maths.
  • Critically reflect on their current practice in teaching literacy & maths and how sensory play can be incorporated to add to a child's learning experience

About the Author

Debbie Cullinane

Debbie Cullinane is a parent of 2, former primary school teacher, qualified child and adolescent psychotherapist, play therapist and runs her own private practice in Claremorris.

She is an experienced training facilitator and course author. She is sensory and development partner with Smyths Toys Superstores, since 2021.

Debbie works with 2 Childhood Cancer Charities and was named Network Mayo’s Emerging Businesswoman of the Year 2023. She is passionate about empowering teachers in their role, with over 1100 primary teachers completing her online summer courses in 2023.


This course runs in two iterations as follows:

  • First iteration: Monday 1st July - Friday 19th July. Registration is Now Closed (3 weeks)
  • Second iteration: Monday 29th July - Friday 16th August. (3 weeks)

Registration is subject to availability.

Access to courses closes at 5pm on the final date for each iteration as stated above.
Please note that there is NO FACILITY to change between iterations or to extend the time available for course completion.
This course is approved for E.P.V. certification by the Department of Education

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