Independent research has shown that Storysharing® works. The approach has been described and documented in various papers in practice focused journals. Funded projects with evaluation reports have been undertaken as follows:-
With adults – 2002-2003; 2008-2011; 2013-14.
Involving a total of 17 residential homes, and 2 day services and involving around 120 adults, nearly 200 staff members and around 15 families.
With young people – 2007-2008; 2011-2014; 2015-2018.
12 special schools and two mainstream schools with attached units, involving over 250 pupils with special needs and disabilities, 180 staff and over 50 families. In 6 schools the work was done with pupils aged 11-19, and illustrated that considerable progress could be made with young people at the end of their school careers.
Storysharing® is grounded in:-
- Current neuroscientific theories that stress the role of embodiment and emotions in thinking and remembering.
- Narrative theories of how small stories of everyday life are shared in conversation