Storytelling, Special Needs and Disabilities: Practical Approaches for Children and Adults (2nd Edition)


Nicola Grove has a background in English teaching, speech and language therapy and university lecturing. She founded the charity Openstorytellers and has published widely on augmentative and alternative communication, literature and storytelling. 

With over thirty contributors, from a broad range of backgrounds and professional experience, the book covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Therapeutic storytelling with children in need
  • Healing stories with children at risk
  • Storytelling in sign language for deaf children
  • Sensitive stories: tackling challenges for people with profound intellectual disabilities through multi-sensory storytelling 
  • The autistic storyteller : Sharing the experience of otherness

The book combines theory and practice and each chapter includes top tips, and signposts to further training for practitioners who want to start using stories in their own work. Several of the chapters have illustrations and include a ‘Try it yourself’ section, with practical advice. 

There are many inspiring ideas that can be used with people of all ages and with a range of needs and there is a common thread running through the book of celebrating the universal appeal of this ancient art. 

Editor: N. Grove
Publisher: David Fulton (Routledge)
ISBN: 978-0-367-74685-8
Price: £29.99

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