Sue Gascoyne is a nationally renowned published author, Early Year’s researcher, educational consultant and trainer. In 2006 she launched multi-award winning children’s play resource company Play to Z and maintains an active role as creative director. In addition to numerous articles published in the national press she has authored three books: Sensory Play, published in September 2011 (Practical Pre-School), Chapter 1 of International Perspectives on Early Childhood (Sage) January 2012 and Treasure Baskets and Beyond – Realising the benefits of sensory rich play (Open University), due to be published in August 2012. These publications and her award-winning training draw heavily upon original and contemporary research. Sue has funded and instigated numerous research projects to further our understanding of the benefits of sensory-rich play with objects. She has also forged links with the world of neuroscience and Special Educational Needs in cutting-edge pilot research. For six months in 2011 Sue ran weekly sessions for children and parents at a UK Activity Centre with a focus on maximising children’s access to sensory-rich play and supporting adults in understanding the benefits.
In 2009, Sue Gascoyne was named Nursery World 'Trainer of the Year' for her contribution to the Early Year’s sector. Since then she has presented to numerous national and international events including The Education Show, 21st and 22nd Early Education Childhood Conference, BECERA, International Autism and Asperger’s Conference, GESS (Dubai) and GCC conference in Saudi Arabia. As a Primary School Governor and mother of two young children, much of Sue’s work is inspired by observations of children at play.
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