Interactive storytelling, where the story is spoken or chanted, began as a way to include individuals with severe and profound learning disabilities in larger group activities, whether children at school or adults in day services. The stories are performed in call-and-response - one person calls out a line and the rest of the group respond either by calling back the same line or by calling out a pre-arranged response - and require no previous experience in drama or storytelling. They can be performed anywhere, by anyone. Various stories are explored, ranging from folktales and pantomime to poetry, the works of Charles Dickens, Shakespeare and stories from the Old Testament. Each extract details the full call-and-response for performing the story. This approach to storytelling can be used by teachers and group facilitators in a variety of settings and with any group of children or adults, irrespective of their level of disability. This hands-on manual will enable teachers, therapists, parents and anyone working with children or adults in community settings to use performance and recital to bring stories, drama and poetry to life for people of all abilities. 'This book is a useful resource...is simply written...is especially appropriate for people working with children and adults with speech, language and communication difficulties.' - Child Language Teaching and Therapy.
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Keith Park is an advisory teacher for Sense (The National Deafblind Rubella Association) in Lewisham, London, with 25 years' experience of working with children and adults with severe and profound learning disabilities. He has a B.Ed (Hons) in Special Educational Needs.Review:
'A stimulus to the creative and imaginative energies we all strive to engage in our search for effective interventions with this client group. It is a valuable resource for anyone wishing to enhance and extend their practice in this field. ... It provides both inspiration and a clear theoretical rationale.' Communication Matters 'A user friendly resource guide very clearly presented.' CJOT 'Rationale is simple...it has a wide appeal.' Independent Talking Points
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