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More Than Just a Story

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The process of creating a story and telling it to others helps us learn in a host of ways by enhancing our awareness of language sounds and rhythms, our understanding of context, and our confidence as speakers.
 
Here are important ways storytelling helps us build our reading and thinking skills as well.
 
We gain a sense of order and sequence
When we are making up a story, we must:
  • make our characters act in ways that are logically connected to earlier events.
  • recognize cause and effect—actions and consequences—in the events we imagine.
  • develop a consistent story line that reaches a satisfying conclusion.
We learn memory aids and techniques
Telling our own story gives us practice in developing memory skills. It helps us:
  • conceive and recall a series of events.
  • practice using mnemonic devices such as story maps, timelines, and word or image memory triggers.
We develop our ability to visualize and convey narrative details
Making up a story encourages our image-generating potential. When we are free to create events, characters, and situations, we give our imaginations room and permission to grow. 
 
For people with dyslexia, this freedom is especially important because it encourages their natural tendency to think in terms of examples, illustrations, or anecdotes when they are asked to define an object or explain an abstract concept. 
 
In their book, The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain, doctors Fernette and Brock Eide indicate that people with dyslexia are often disposed to "convey information in story form" because their minds are "stocked with an endless array of different characters and experiences and scenarios, disposed to spot new connections, associations, patterns, and nuances between them; and wired with the ability to unite it all into a single great narrative."
 
With these benefits, storytelling is a powerful way to express ourselves, grow as thinkers, and build our self-esteem.
 
Want to know more? Contact us at The Literacy & Language Center to find out how we can help your child succeed.
 

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