Playing with Words: A Collaborative Approach to Play-Based Storytelling
From the Paths to Literacy Newsletter by the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts:
Playing with Words is a collaborative approach to play-based storytelling with students who are blind or visually impaired who have additional disabilities, including those who are autistic or deafblind. Co-creating stories is focused on the process, rather than the product. That is, it focuses on expanding language and communication, self-determination, self-regulation, and creativity rather than a perfectly composed story. The adult is a support, rather than an authority, building on student interests and using props to expand playful exploration and expression.
We invite you to explore this newly launched microsite on Paths to Literacy, which is full of video examples, activity ideas, and other resources needed to implement this approach from Speech Language Pathologist Linda Hagood.