Using Storytelling to Support Children and Adults with Special Needs

Transforming lives through telling tales

Edited by Nicola Grove

© 2013 – Routledge

142 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415687751
pub: 2012-11-12
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pub: 2015-11-30
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About the Book

This innovative and wide-ranging book shows how storytelling can open new worlds for learners with or without special educational needs. With sections that outline both therapeutic and educational approaches, the leading practitioners who contribute to this practical resource draw on their extensive experience, and distil their own approaches for the reader to use as inspiration for their own lessons.

Providing a highly accessible combination of theory and practice, the contributors to this book:

  • define their own approach to storytelling
  • describe the principles and theory that underpin their practice
  • demonstrate how they work with different types of story
  • provide extensive case-studies and assessment frameworks for a range of different special needs and age ranges
  • provide some ‘top tips’ for practitioners who want to start using stories in this way.

Using Storytelling to Support Children and Adults with Special Needs will be of interest to alleducation professionals as well as therapists, youth workers, counsellors, and storytellers and theatre practitioners working in special education.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors Introduction 1. Therapeutic storytelling with children in need Janet Dowling 2. Healing stories with children at risk: the storybuilding approach Sue Jennings 3. What can teachers learn from the stories children tell? Beth McCaffrey 4. ''Lis'n tell: live inclusive storytelling'' Louise Coigley 5. Interactive Storytelling Keith Park 6. Speaking and Listening through Narrative Becky Shanks 7. Using narratives to enhance language and communication in secondary school students Victoria Joffe 8. Learning to tell: teaching the skills of community storytelling Nicola Grove 9. Sensory Stories Chris Fuller 10. Storytelling with all our Senses Barbara Fornefeld 11. Sensitive stories: tackling challenges for people with profound intellectual disabilities through multisensory storytelling Loretto Lambe and James Hogg 12. Social Stories™ Carol Gray 13. Storysharing™: personal narratives for identity and community Nicola Grove and Jane Harwood 14. Personal storytelling for children who use augmentative and alternative communication Annalu Waller and Rolf Black 15. Describing and evaluating the storytelling experience: a conceptual framework Tuula Pulli

About the Editor

Nicola Grove is Founder of Openstorytellers, the first arts company of intellectually disabled storytellers ( She is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Language and Communication Science at City University London, UK. She has published widely in the field of special needs and communication.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / General
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education
HEALTH & FITNESS / Alternative Therapies