Dealing With Young Children Through Stories. (Part 1)

c1Stories are often told to children by parents as a form of bonding and entertainment. The child will sit or lie down and listen to the story while the parent reads or tells it. This is great because the child is using his imagination to make sense of the story. There is a creative flow within the mind of the child and parent. Sometimes if the story is in book form it may have pictures that initially help the child along in the process of the imagination.

Additionally, stories can also be told that offer the child’s subconscious mind a solution to a problem they are facing. Or there is something the parent wants to teach the child. Or there is a behaviour the parent would like to alter. Or the parent may be preparing the child for a developmental phase. This is the type of story I want show you how to create in the next few articles.

The basic steps to defining therapeutic stories are:

1. Define the problem.

2. What is causing the problem? Understand why the problem exists. Educate yourself as to the problem and known solutions.

3. Decide upon a story that will define the problem and then define a solution in a way that relates to your child.

4. Unless you have a remarkable memory, put it down in writing.

5. Add visual, auditory and kinaesthetic descriptions in the story to excite your child’s imagination and match his learning method.

 

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