Experiences

UK Fragile X-Society National Conference September 2015“Louise’s approach was so fresh and skilful. It was fascinating to see the ways that she was able to encourage participation in telling a story from such a varied audience. Movingly, several teenagers in attendance at the workshop, who had Fragile X, were able to stand and help lead the storytelling. It is testament to the approach that Louise was able to encourage these young people, for whom social anxiety can be a real issue, to participate and express themselves creatively.”

Lis’n Tell at the UK Fragile X Society National Conference September 2015
Becky Hardiman, CEO The Fragile X Society

Speech and Language Therapist Complex Neuro developmental Disorders Service“I completed your Lis’n Tell training (2 day initial course) in London in July 2013 and loved it, I have since been delivering it in Peru, Argentina and India.”

Holly Brown Greenwood
Speech and Language Therapist Complex Neuro developmental Disorders Service

“I attended your workshop on Lis’n Tell and wasn’t sure if I would have the confidence to use it in my language group for 3-4 year olds over the summer, but I did!!I used a well known story which the children loved. Whilst they had quite enjoyed the previous activities we had done in the group, once I introduced the story in the format you had shown and the kids really got into it, even those with quite severe verbal dyspraxia made sounds and certainly got into the rhythm! One little boy who always cried at the start of the group took the part of the wolf, and, despite not speaking in any other activity, huffed and puffed his way through the story with great vigour!! Thanks so much for showing the way.”

Wendy
Speech and Language Therapist, South Ayrshire Community Specialist Service

“One school has very much embraced this form of therapy and all the children on that caseload are involved in story-telling groups. We have had great outcomes and school staff feel the children are generalising their skills into a classroom setting. The children are Key stage 1 (4-7 years). They primarily have delayed or disordered/persistent language difficulties. Many also have difficulties with attention and listening and/or social communication. A small number have ASD.”

Kate Weeden
Speech and Language Therapist, Speech and Language Therapy Schools Team, Wembley Centre for Health and Care, Brent PCT

“I find it is so much easier and more effective to meet and engage with the students using this very flexible story telling framework. Two other students are working 1:1 on phonological problems.But through story telling I can incorporate it in an engaging and enjoyably repetitive way to reinforce their daily exercises carried out by teaching staff.For both of them phonology is not their only problem.Is it ever?I can build self esteem, introduce concepts and develop their expressive language all at the same time. This work has given me a new lease of life.”

Sarah Palmer
Speech and Language Therapist with children and teenagers with moderate to severe learning disabilities.