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The Multisensory Handbook


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Dedication Acknowledgements 1. Multisensory stimulation and the senses 2. Sense organs and sensory processing 3. Pleasure, happiness and Predictive Coding 4. Making sense: A developmental process 5. Semiotics, tipping points, multisensory communication and Care Theory 6. Designing environments for the use of multisensory stimulation 7. A unified approach to using multisensory stimulation References Index

About the Author

Paul Pagliano is Associate Professor at the School of Education, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland Australia. He is one of the world's leading proponents of multisensory learning environments and has widely published for academics and teachers alike.


`Pagliano reminds us of the importance of recognizing the sentience of all of the individuals with whom we work, regardless of their age. He understands that learning requires processing multiple sensations, that the only way to make sense of the world is through multisensory experiences. This is an invaluable book for anyone who provides any kind of service to people with disabilities.' Professor James M. Kauffman, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Virginia

'Pagliano ' s text is a fascinating combination of anecdotes, revision of essential knowledge relating to the senses, theoretical exploration, overview of design, and practical tools. It is easy to envisage the text being used as the basis for an entire year of tertiary study. He is to be applauded for such an undertaking, which left me, as a reader, wanting to explore more in order to optimise my engagements with people with multiple disabilities.' Sheridan Forster, Monash University, Australia, 2012

'The Multisensory Handbook has been written to acknowledge the everyday difficulties faced by people living with challenging sensory and cognitive conditions, and how a lack of engagement in everyday activities often becomes a learned helplessness. However, the author Paul Pagliano adopts a positive approach whereby learned helplessness is transformed through multisensory stimulation into learned optimism, by supporting the individual's needs, interests and abilities, thus improving their quality of life.' Diana Schubert, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2013

'Paul Pagliano speaks for people who have 'hands on' experiences in Snoezelen and in Multisensory Environments: both the participants and the practitioners. Those of you who know Paul Pagliano from his many popular public lectures at international conferences all over the world, will know his relaxed, Australian laid-back style when explaining even quite complicated issues. He has a very special gift at being able to talk about intellectual issues in a way that everybody can understand - even those who do not have English as their first language.' Maurits Eijgendaal

'Paul really helps us understand why, even with profound and multiple intellectual and learning disability, how change and improvements in communication can offer an enhanced quality of life. This book is written in a style which is easy to follow and after reading it, I think it will be easy to imagine how you could change your practice to improve the quality of life of your children and students.' Jennifer Crawforde, Dyslexia Review, 2013

'Part I of the book is an enriching read that enhances how we think about the interaction of the senses to gain and use information.' Kim T.. Zabehazy, International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, 2012.

'Throughout the book the author employs a particularly useful strategy of reviewing and linking ideas from previous chapters with new information is subsequent chapters. This spiralling of information helps the reader review the important concepts and provides links to new concepts. This spiralling of information throughout the book echoes the purpose of the book, that as practitioners we need to design appropriate programes to build on new experiences, linking new information with a spiralling effect to aid sense learning.' Rachel Morgan, International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, 2012.

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