Amy Meredith and Clare Cummings have gained their certificates, and shared some wonderful practice
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
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
Great event today from Learning Disability England https://www.learningdisabilityengland.org.uk
Lovely presentations from Campaign4Change with a beautiful film showing how to achieve community presence https://www.achievetogether.co.uk/about/campaign-for-change-c4c
And stories from parents about how they support and work with their young adults to make things happen. Thanks to all
Rachel Barker works with autistic youngsters and has been combining Storysharing with other relevant approaches – she will be writing about some of these ideas soon on this website.
We are delighted to celebrate the achievements of Ashleigh Paddon, Jess Meredith Wickes and Jade Cook. Ashleigh is a Speech and Language therapist who has a wonderful website at https://the-therapy-tree.com; Jess is well known to you all as one of the stars of Abbie’s hospital visit, and has been using Storysharing for some years; Jade Cook is the Director of Spectrum Community Arts (www.spectrumca.co.uk ). Looking forward to exploring new directions for Storysharing in 2021.
NAC (Nonverbal Affective Care) has been set up by Julie Calveley to provide resources for well being in children and adults with profound and multiple disabilities. Happy to say that Storysharing® features on the site. Lots to love and read here!!