The Big Book of Storysharing: A handbook of personal storytelling for those who live and work with children and young people who have severe communication difficulties

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Nicola Grove

  • The Big Book of Storysharing
  • The Big Book of Storysharing
    Details a unique, innovative and highly effective approach to enabling the most severely disabled individuals to participate in telling their own stories.

ISBN: 9781909301405

This book shows you a way of telling stories with children, so that they can begin to tell stories themselves. It has been written to help everyone who comes into contact with children who find it difficult to tell stories independently. They may have special educational needs, or be in the process of learning to speak the language of a new country, or be children who are not used to voicing their experiences and being heard. This method can be used with all of them, because it is a natural approach, based on observations of the ways in which anecdotes are told in everyday life.

Personal stories are the way we develop a sense of who we are, make sense of our experiences and make and sustain relationships. Research shows that people with severe communication difficulties – such as severe and profound learning disabilities, autism and language impairments – find it hard to recall and share the stories of their lives. This handbook draws on fifteen years of research and practice into personal storytelling in adult services and educational settings. Storysharing is a unique, innovative and highly effective approach to enabling the most severely disabled individuals to participate in telling their own stories.

Although the book has been written about storytelling with children, you will find that the approach is also useful with adults who have communication difficulties.

Table of Contents

About this book


  • Personal stories we want to share
  • Personal stories in everyday life
  • Why are personal narratives important?
  • When no stories are told
  • In the rest of this book
  • Storysharing® and other storytelling approaches


  • What is a story?
  • Different approaches to story
  • Choose your focus
  • The Storysharing® definition
  • Summary


  • How to develop a story
  • The experience
  • The feelings
  • The memory
  • Motivation
  • The audience
  • Putting the principles into practice
  • Record the story


  • How to share a story
  • Asking what happened and telling what happened
  • Observation
  • Preparation
  • The Storysharing® technique
  • Other techniques
  • Responsive listeners
  • Repeat the story


  • Storysharing® in practice
  • Narrative development
  • Adapting Storysharing® for different special needs
  • Working with individuals
  • Working with groups
  • Troubleshooting


  • Assessing progress and planning intervention
  • About assessment
  • How to get the child to tell a story
  • What to assess
  • Developing the different aspects involved in telling a story


  • Developing Storysharing®
  • At home
  • Between home and school
  • At school
  • How Storysharing® relates to other forms of narrative


  • Theoretical background and research
  • Cognitive approaches: the story grammar model
  • Social process: the social constructionist model
  • Examples of story records
  • Assessment protocol
  • Examples of stories told in different ways
  • A story told by a group of children
  • A story told by an adult supporting a child
  • A story told by mainstream and special school children working together.
  • Storysharing® profile
  • Storysharing® short profile