In this workshop, speech and language therapist Ashleigh Paddon and mum Jitka Jacubkova took us through a practical guide to creating and sharing personal stories with children who use aided communication – books and apps that are widely available. Certificate and powerpoint can be found below for attendees.
This interactive talk by Charlotte Parkhouse, Gareth Smith and Nicola Grove shared creative ways of using gesture and key word sign (eg. Makaton, Signalong) to promote narrative and discussion with young people who have learning disabilities. Our ideas come directly from our students, when we started observing closely what they were actually doing with the vocabulary we had taught them. We saw them holding the floor, innovating, and expressing their ideas directly in ways far beyond what we had thought they were capable of. A recording of the talk will shortly be available. Attendees can access the powerpoint and a certificate of attendance here. The research is described in the chapters we wrote for the book Manual Sign Acquisition by Children with Developmental Disabilities, now available in paperback and with individual chapter purchase. For 20% discount, use code special20 https://novapublishers.com/shop/manual-sign-acquisition-in-children-with-developmental-disabilities/
Two great sessions exploring how The Story Massage Programme can be combined with personal stories. Thanks so much to Mary Atkinson (TSMP) and Gill White (PAMIS) for co-hosting these, and to all of you who joined. We are planning to learn more about the role of movement and touch in forming memories from colleagues working with Deaf blind people – watch this space! And our next workshop, on key word sign and story, will look at movement too. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/finding-a-voice-through-sharing-stories-in-sign-tickets-136270309163?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
The world may still be topsy turvey but there are lots of Storysharing® developments to celebrate. We are exploring how to combine our work with other approaches, with some public events. Full details are on our Training page.
Visit Eventbrite to search for these. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk
Storysharing and Story Massage Thursday 21st January 4.30pm-5.30pm
Finding a Voice through Sharing stories in Sign is on Thursday February 18th 4.30-5.30pm. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/136270309163
Personal Storysharing in AAC is on Thursday March 18th 4.30-5.30 pm. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/138420117297
Sharing stories with Key Word Signers is on Thursday February 18th 4.30-5.30pm
These events are free to parent carers- please email for a code
We are delighted to have had a number of articles published on the topic of Surviving through Story.
Surviving through Stories
How people with learning disabilities are getting through COVID
Community Living – coming soon October 16th www.cl-initiatives.co.uk
Surviving through Story – documenting lives in lockdown and beyond PMLD Link 32 issue 96. As a Guest Subscribers and get free access to almost 30 years of journals – filled with stories of the real lives and experiences of individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) www.pmldlink.org.uk
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication newsletter May 2020
Surviving through Story: COVID-19 personal narratives for children and adults with communication and learning disabilities
We were also delighted to be interviewed by Amber and Lucy on Frozen Light
Episode 5 frozenlighttheatre.com/podcast/