We all like to tell our friends what we have been doing – having a chat, sharing our news and stories!
Storysharing is about communication – it’s an innovative way of supporting students with complex needs to share their own stories with one other. These stories are the little, everyday, funny and unusual things we see and do – sharing them builds friendships, confidence, and self-esteem.
Storysharing is fun. We use multi sensory approaches, signing, communication aids, objects of reference, art, sound, music and technology in addition to the spoken word. Students learn to remember their stories, practice telling them and make records (‘story archives’). Together we do ‘active listening’ – as much joining in as possible.
Sharing these stories is a powerful tool too. Students use their stories to celebrate successes; to think about choices; in annual reviews; in assemblies; and for decision-making, such as in school council meetings.
Storysharing is a three-year project run by Openstorytellers, a charity founded by communications expert Dr. Nicola Grove. The project leader is Jane Harwood. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Rayne Foundation, the project also explores new technologies, trying out new ways of recording and sharing stories.
How to get involved.
Storysharing works really well when families are involved – we’re happy to come and visit you. If you would like to know more, please get in touch through the school office.