9. mrt, 2018

DISCxTALK - Louise Coigley & Lis'n Tell

DISCxTALK: Louise Coigley & Lis’n Tell

A great TALK on working with Live Inclusive Storytelling and children with communication challenges. 


When: March 9th (19h-21h) Walk in at 18h30.

Where: @De Overkant(Stationsweg 32, 2515 BN Den Haag)

For whom: Anyone who works with children, has children, works in therapy and communication or anyone who would like to learn more on how The Craft of Storytelling is being used in professional fields, all across the globe.

Tickets: €18,-

Reserve a seat: send an email to: info@DISCstorytelling.com


On Friday evening, March 9th, there will be a fascinating DISCxTALK with Louise Coigley, creator of the Lis’n Tell method. With Louise, we will experience what Lis'n Tell is, how it works and why it works so well. Louise will give an extensive talk on working with this method and there will be lots of room to ask questions, discuss different angles or just listen and enjoy.

Louise Coigley has been at the forefront of the use and development of storytelling in speech and language therapy. Louise’s unique combination of techniques has contributed to the innovations of teams of therapists and teachers, parent groups and individual children and their families across the UK and internationally.

Some of us cannot imagine telling a story without a book – ‘off the page’…. With Lis’n Tell you can!

1)    Acknowledge and enhance your storytelling skills through rhythm and role, rhyme, repetition and ritual develop a range of specialist techniques and core principles to enable and include the spontaneous intentional participation of children with speech language and communication needs.

2)    Develop strategies to weave your specific educational/therapeutic aims into a story design bespoke ways to record outcomes, based on tried and tested methods created by Lis’n Tell trained speech and language therapists for the last few years.

Key components of Lis’n Tell, e.g. use of iconic gesture and rhythm, chanting and poetic elements are built on evidence-based theories of word learning, memory, storytelling and literacy development.


In Sience:

-       iconic gesture: Gesture supports children’s word learning. Karla K. McGregor, University of Iowa, USA, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2008; 10(3): 112 – 117 Abstract includes: ”… based on a keynote address to the 2007 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, this review paper summarises three recent research studies that pertain to gesture as an intervention tool. Specifically, the research concerns the utility of gestured input as a scaffold to children’s comprehension of—and hence learning of—spoken words”.

-        poetry and rhythm in education: Rhythmic Perception, Music and Language: A New Theoretical Framework for Understanding and Remediating Specific Language Impairment(Apr 2010- Sept 2014) – The Nuffield Foundation, (Research Associate: Dr Ruth Cumming; Research Assistant: Dr Anji Wilson)

-       poetry aloud: The effect of poetic sound on children’s literacy skills. Kate Prentice, under Professor Goswami ( Director of The Institute of Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge) A two-year intervention project, examining the hypothesis that regular interaction with the sounds and rhythms of poetry will help to enhance the literacy skills of 5-7 year old children. Part of Kate’s research was featured in the BBC Radio 4 programme Inside the Brain of a 5-year-old with Claudia Hammond, on 29th March 2010.

-       the effects of Storytelling, Aloud Storytelling and Literacy Development
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Over the last ten years, Louise has worked closely with many children and their families across Sussex, assessing communication needs, co-creating therapeutic programmes and liaising with and advising schools.

Also, Louise has been collaborating with co-workers and tutors in setting up a speech and language support service at The Mount Camphill Community College for young people with learning disabilities. The service was found to be ‘Outstanding’ by HMS Ofsted Inspectors in July 2014.

Do contact Louise if you would like to explore the possibility of individual speech and language therapy which will involve Lis’n Tell but also other methods, if needed. Louise has many years experience of treating phonological, speech and language delays and disorders.

Read more at Lis'n Tell


Tickets: €18,-

When: March 9th (19h-21h) Walk in at 18h30.

Where: @De Overkant(Stationsweg 32, 2515 BN Den Haag)

For whom: Anyone who works with children, has children, works in therapy and communication or anyone who would like to learn more on how The Craft of Storytelling is being used in professional fields, all across the globe.

Reserve a seat: send an email to: info@DISCstorytelling.com




-Lis’n Tell with an eleven year old boy with cognitive and attention problems


…sometimes the unexpected happens! Spoken spontaneously by a boy of eleven years old with attention and cognitive difficulties. He was having a difficult session, becoming increasingly excited and restless. His voice was shooting up in pitch and volume. He was describing the latest horror videos that he’d seen, in gory detail….

I spread a few postcards of pictures from The National Gallery onto a table near him and suggested he take a quick glance and tell me anything he wanted. He grabbed ‘The Battle of San Romano’ by Ucello and said:


“This is the story about two civilisations but in-between lived two lovers from each one. One day the two kingdoms said ”enough! It’s time we fight back and claim our land!” The two who were in love said: ”Oh no, it’s too late now!”. So the two kingdoms went to war fighting, bloodshed, killing. And finally when the two tried to stop them, the lady got hit in the heart by a bow and arrow. The man went to her and said “No – I loved her”. The man got on his knees and shouted: ”Why the humanity? Why?!” And then every soldier started to stop, and listened to his pleads. The man stood up and said, ‘‘you stupid fools why did you have start this? You killed an innocent girl; the one I love – how could you do this!” And on that day, with all the soldiers and all the kings crying, they said, ”Let’s make a truce and join our kingdoms”, and from that day on, the two kingdoms lived as one.”


When he’d finished, he leaned back in his chair and said: ‘I’m calm now…’



Enthusiastic quotes:

“Louise has an originality and range of expression that is totally unique, downright compelling and funny, a presence which gives courage, and inspires creativity.”

Ashley Ramsden, Founding Director, The International School of Storytelling, Emerson College.

“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

“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.

Read more at Lis'n Tell