The imaginative use of words within a story goes back to the earliest days of humanity. And it still serves a purpose today.
Humankind has always told stories. Everything from cave pictures to monuments like Stonehenge, from tales told around the flickering fire to the greatest cathedrals tell us about events, locations, and people that we cannot see.
Indeed it appears to be fundamental to our human psyches to want to hear stories, and as a result there is every reason for all of us to want to tell them too.
For the ability to appreciate and explore this basic human instinct comes from our own experiences of making up stories of our own. Indeed such invention allows us to share our experiences and entertain others as we seek to make sense of the mysterious world around us.
But, of course, storytelling does not come naturally to us all, and many children – especially those with special needs – require additional support if the skill is to be nurtured and developed.
For the storyteller needs to consider key issues such as where the story takes place, who or what is in this place, are there animals here that have human characteristics. Or could it be an object that has feelings?
And in worlds where everything is possible, how can we express ourselves? What new words and expressions do we need? How does the story evolve? What is happening around our central event or person? What happens next?
Most children – irrespective of their needs and abilities – only come to understand the exploration of such issues through being prompted via their own story writing, which is why the “Boost Creative Writing” series exists.
The activities here provide the support and help that children of differing abilities need, and you can see how we achieve this through the examples from the series on our website where you will also find details of how to order.