Story telling is a wonderful way of developing language. It is fun, motivating, and prestigious – as children recognise that stories are part of the adult world and valued accordingly.
One four year old I was working with had the beautiful idea of suddenly incorporating a love song as she called it into her story. She had a significant speech disorder. But I think Shakespeare would have been tempted to give her a job on the spot.
Victoria Joffe points the way in her excellent book ‘Narrative Intervention’. I often have to adapt her thinking to the situation of working with one child at a time or with a sibling or a parent.