Story Massage in Action – Children with PMLD

The best way to explain the benefits of Story Massage for children with PMLD is to see it in action. So here are five video clips showing children engaging with fun and interaction during a Story Massage session.

Story Massage in a Sensory Room

This video shows how Rebecca and Chelsea, two learners with cerebral palsy are really engaging with the story and benefiting from the massage strokes in a school sensory room. Just look at the smiling faces – of both learners and staff!

Relaxing Story Massage for Maisie after physiotherapy

Physiotherapy sessions can be demanding for children with PMLD so Sophie gives her daughter a gentle sensory story to help calm and soothe her afterwards. “Story Massage has been such a huge benefit to my severely disabled daughter,” says Sophie, “It is now part of our daily activities. Even my six year old has learnt how to do it on her sister and it is a very special thing to see.”


Group Story Massage at Ysgol Y Deri Special School

Story Massage is part of the sensory curriculum for children with PMLD at Ysgol Y Deri Special School. Staff have recorded increased engagement and communication. “It is very rare to find an activity that can engage all learners no matter what their needs, age or disabilities,” says Lisa Lawrence, Sensory Learning Leader, “Story Massage offers flexibility to develop your own stories and make it unique to your setting.”


Finn wants more and more….

“Finn loves Story Massage, especially The Grand Old Duke of York,” says his mother, Harley. “As you can see from this video, he doesn’t want it to stop. He gets excited and keeps asking for more. This clip only shows half of our session together!”


Adapting Sensory Stories at Wood Bank Special School

“Every child is so different and we love the flexibility of the Story Massage programme of ten strokes,” says Cheryl Bailey, teaching assistant, who is filmed below during a group session at the school. “In this video you can see how I am able to personalise the massage session for Mary using her favourite strokes and just the right pressure.”


More about Story Massage

Story Massage combines the benefits of nurturing touch with words. It is enjoyed by people of all ages -from babies to the elderly. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the programme. These strokes each have a name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it accessible for all. It is a fully inclusive activity, no clothing is removed and no oil is used. You can see an example of a nursery rhyme as a positive touch activity below. All the information on learning the skills of sharing Story Massage with children or adults at home or work here: Story Massage Training


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