The Imagination Toolkit
The Imagination Toolkit is a resource that helps people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)and those who support them, to explore their feelings and emotions through the narrative of multi-sensory stories. An experiential course accompanies the resource and introduces people to reasons why stories (narrative) give meaning to our lives and are important in helping to process emotions, particularly during challenging times in our lives. The resource will explain how stories give meaning and understanding to events that may be emotionally challenging for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Everyone deserves to have the opportunity to have their feelings acknowledged and it is no different for those who have no voice. The resource provides a practical framework where people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and those caring for them can explore emotions together through multi-sensory story narrative.
The course will also provide opportunities to learn how to design, develop and deliver multi-sensory stories. It also explores the importance of the story space and how being in that space helps to develop a model of practice based on presence, trust and knowing. The Imagination Toolkit provides you with practical skills to help you to connect with people with PMLD during challenging times through multi-sensory stories and it is lots of fun too!
The resource was developed by PAMIS in partnership with Educational Psychologist, Dr Sarah Hulme and illustrator Jenna Graham.
Meet The Imagination Toolkit design team that worked in partnership with Maureen and Heather:
Dr Sarah Hulme:
Gill is a children’s book author, a Family Parent Consultant with PAMIS and a full time parent-carer to her son Leo, who is profoundly disabled. Gill’s first book – Leo and the Lightning Dragons, published in 2019 by Fledgling Press – was written for Leo, who has Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy characterised by intractable seizures and severe developmental delay. Gill is passionate about inclusive storytelling and first worked with PAMIS developing her book as a multi-sensory story for those with PMLD.
Pat Graham. Pat, appointed Chair of PAMIS in 2018, is a retired tax inspector. She has two daughters, Jenna who is an art teacher and illustrator and Lauren, who has PMLD and now lives in supported accommodation. Pat has been involved with PAMIS for over 20 years, and she and her family have used PAMIS’ services during all that time. Since retiring she has put her free time to good use by being actively involved in many and varied PAMIS projects. She is delighted that working with PAMIS provides her with the opportunity to give something back to an organisation that has provided so much support, education and fun to her family. Pat is also a creative storyteller, poet and artist.