Steps In Developing a Therapeutic Story: (Part 4) Decide upon a story…

d13. Decide upon a story that will define the problem and then define a solution in a way that relates to your child.

Now the fun part can begin! You know what the problem is. You know what causes it and you know what the solutions are to the problem. Now you can begin to flex your own imagination. The main idea is that your child is able to relate to a character and situation in the story.

Please pay attention to what I am about to say next. This is really important!

As a parent you would think that it would make the job easier if your child knew the story is aimed at him. You may feel the need to explain the story to him and point out that he should do as such and such did in the story. Well that’s not why these stories work. This type for story telling is aimed at your child learning subconsciously. If possible you don’t want your child to even consciously register that this is a story about him. Explaining it to him so gives him an opportunity to resist if he felt he wanted to. When the story is told aimed at his subconscious understanding he will automatically start applying the solutions to his problem as portrayed in the story and it will feel like it was his idea and his solution! This offers your child the autonomy he requires to build his own self-worth and self-esteem.

When deciding how you are going to structure the story you can use interests that your child already has. Does your child have a specific interest? Planes, cars, dolls, horses, animals trains or even their favorite TV show. You can model your story around anything!
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