Story telling is not just an amusement time for your little child
Today’s blog is about story-telling and what it does for the brain.
We all have loved the story that our grandma told us when we are young. I hope you remember the story about two cats fighting over food and a hungry monkey fools them and enjoys a real feast. Even I guess , you would remember the story of the crocodile and the monkey.
Well all my stories definitely has a monkey in it because my grandparents always gave the central character to this animal. I really can’t cite out a reason for it.
Story telling would be a fun part in our childhood but this activity really had a relevance. That is why we were always exposed to a story before a great learning or lesson at home or at school
I WOULD NOW LIKE TO BREAK THE ICE
What happens once a child hears a story. This is also applicable to a child who has neuro-developmental concerns and if the child simple listens to social story recited by a therapist or parent
A story will activate parts in the brain that allows the child to turn the story into their own idea and experience . So if you telling a story to a child about a parrot , the child might think of a parrot he last saw and would then link his ideas
Similarly is with adults when a person talks about a story related to their life , everyone tries to think if something similar happened to them too.
Do you this amazing brain process is “Neural Coupling”
Lets jump ahead
When a child listens to the story he will not only link similar ideas but will also mimic the facial epressions and gestures of the story teller. This process is called
So net time if you make a cat sound while telling a story about a cat , don’t miss your child making the same sound in return . This is the “ Mirroring in Action”
Most of the time children remember what they heard in a story , this is true for a social story too. Even as a special needs parents , your first intent to explain a bad consequence for an unexpected behaviour is as a story.
Why do you do this ?
Are you still thinking ?
Well , I ll throw some light now. The brain releases a chemical called “ dopamine.”
This happens as the brain listens to a story , the brain experiences an emotionally charged event, making it easier to remember and with great accuracy
So net time if you change few sequences in your story , your child can be very upset about it because he /she remembers the story quite well
So no cheating Mamma
A story will always result in an outcome . This happens because it stimulates the brain cortex activity.
The brain two areas which we all studied during our biology days “ the Broca’s speech areas and Wernick’s speech areas gets pumped .
These are involved in comprehending what we listen and make sense of it.
If a story is told in a well known fashion like with props , puppets and good visuals and voice exaggerations , it can lit and engage many other areas of the brain
Thus , story-telling becomes a good workout for the brain
All this very clearly sums up why I still remember the “ Snow white “ , “ Little Red Riding Hood “ and “ The sleeping beauty “ fairy tales.
Well now I end my story on story telling.
Hope this was quite enjoyable
Creative Efforts by and Story Reader – Heena Sahi