Throughout the child’s development, from the earliest stage, stories play a key role.
The fact in which they are told a story and they can participate in that act, stimulates all areas of language, besides being a playful element that allows them to have fun and, at the same time, learn and develop their imagination.
Importance of reading stories to them
The way an adult tells the story is a very important point to take into account. Telling a story is not just reading what is written but immersing the child and the narrator itself in the story.
The way of telling the story must be dynamic, with changes of intonation, changes of voice,getting into the role of each character and, in turn, making the child also participate in the narration. In this way, children are getting a suitable model when the adult tells them the story and they are working on the language and its areas, without being aware of it.
From an early age, they learn to create characters with different registers, enrich their vocabulary, learn to build sentences and follow the logical order of a story.
In the case of language difficulties, both oral and written, the use of stories or tales as a working tool before, during and after the speech therapy treatment is essential.
The age of each child must be taken into account. We would not tell the same story or the same way to a four-year- old child as to an eight-year- old child.
Each story has to be adapted to each individual, as well as to their needs. This is why speech therapy advice is essential both to advise and resolve any doubts that may arise for the parents and to help the child to manage the different areas of language.
Therefore, we must highlight the important role stories play in the development of both children who have difficulties and those who do not.
Diplomada en Logopedia por la Universidad de Valencia.
Especializada en logopedia bilingüe (español-francés).
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