WHAT EFFECT DO STORIES HAVE

Stories that children listen to belong to various fields: from classic fairy tales and folk tales to modern stories, but we are also proud of the many original stories written by volunteers and people who support our work.

The story uses symbolic language of monsters, heroes, princesses, and its message is more powerful for a child than just arguments (Waters, 2004). The power of the story as therapy has been understood and applied throughout human history. In our work we deal with problem-solving stories. PROBLEM-SOLVING STORIES can be described as stories that help restore the lost balance or sense of integrity. When children are told such stories, the potential of the story to restore balance in a particular behavior or situation can be noticed. The stories address situations that a child goes through, but in symbolic form, and in this way they speak to the internal resources of the child – they encourage him/her to seek strength in himself/herself, to believe in success and to aspire to achieve a goal. Telling stories is one of the strategies which helps children cope with the problems they face in their lives, experiencing different solutions through the heroes of the stories.

Previous studies have confirmed the positive effects of storytelling and problem-solving storytelling on the development of children. They are:

  • Development of communication skills and extending vocabulary
  • Learning emotions and situations in which they appear
  • Development of empathy and prosocial behavior
  • help in dealing with fears
  • learning acceptance rules and social norms
  • Development of memory, concentration and thinking
  • learning problem-solving strategies
  • develop imagination and creativity.

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