“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” - Heraclitus
to Lis'n Tell:
image courtesy of SLT Catherine Hui
Lis'n Tell at The V and A Museum of Childhood on World Autism Awareness Day April 2012
Lis'n Tell, an approach to developing listening, speech, language and communication
MRCSLT HPCreg MASLTIP
Speech and Language Therapist
''Lis'n Tell is a bridge to literacy'' - Rainbow Court Training and Outreach Centre
January 10th 2014
''Louise Coigley has been sharing her magical interactive storytelling approach with our speech and language therapy students for several years now. She presents an effective and truly engaging approach to working with children with speech, language and communication needs. Every year a new group of SLT students are excited by Louise’s infectious enthusiasm and embrace this dynamic, innovative way of working. I believe that these students will be more confident and effective therapists, once they qualify, thanks to Louise’s teaching''.
Dr Julia Stewart EdD, MRCSLT
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth
the next Part 1 intensives in 2014:
at The Education Space
Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, London
Part 1 Intensive 22nd /23rd May -
at The Education Space,
Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, London
Spontaneous intentional communication from children/students is encouraged and inspired and then specific communication, speech, language and social skills aims are facilitated through Lis'n Tell.
Speech and Language Therapists, parents and organizations have come back again and again for training and mentoring because they find it releases their creativity and the skills of the children and adults they live with or work with...
Clients have included:
The Primary Care Trusts of:
Speech and Language Therapy Special Interest Groups in:
London (Autism, Mainstream)
Paray House, London
The Sheiling Camphill School, Ringwood
The Pace Centre, Aylesbury
Glebe School, Bromley
Oakely School, Tunbridge Wells
ICAN Meath School
Brookfields School, Hertfordshire
Percy Hedley Foundation, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Danecourt School, Kent
The Sheiling Camphill School, Ringwood, Hampshire
The Pennine Camphill Community, Wakefield
Valence School for Children with Physical Disabilities, Westerham
Kings Langley School
- The government of Singapore, to work with parents to inspire them to use more of their imagination with their children
- The Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarrie University, Sydney Australia
- The Association of Logopaedists, Athens, Greece
- Proseggisi, Athens, Greece (Lis'n Tell part 1 for Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists)
- The Alexander Society, Nova Scotia
- The Institute of Pedagogical Training, Witten Annen, Germany
- The Department of Health, Malta
- Middletown Centre for Autism, Ireland
- The Universities of Greenwhich Medway and Plymouth - where I teach my method of storytelling to speech and language therapy students
- Sure Start centres in Margate - where my work with young Mums was featured on BBC Radio Kent
- The lovely SLTs at Little Chatterboxes from Speechbox Therapy
- The Lifeways family summer conference at Emerson College in Sussex, for several years running to give storytelling workshops to parents
- The V and A Museum of Childhood
- Buxton Children's Festival
- PATOSS The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties
- NAPLIC The National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment
- The International School of Storytelling
- ECAT - Every Child a Talker
Lis'n Tell facilitates the creativity of therapist(s),parents,co-professionals and students with complex communication needs - the listeners who become co-tellers.
Based in Sussex where Louise works with individual children and groups, she travels throughout the UK and abroad to deliver trainings and perform storytelling and poetry.
She teaches Lis'n Tell on the postgraduate speech and language therapy training at Greenwich Medway University, and has worked for education and health departments in Greece, Malta, Nova Scotia and Singapore.
photo by SLT Catherine Hui
Lis'n Tell with children with autism and their families at The V and A Museum of Childhood April 2nd 2012
World Autism Awareness Day
'Loved it -it was all about ME!' -young boy
Louise works nationally and internationally, training parents and speech and language therapists and associated professionals.
"Louise Coigley's dedication to her craft, her understanding and love of story and people result in a uniquely empathic, entertaining performer, workshop leader who uses stories as seamless healers.
She has a dynamic and infectious warmth. I would heartily recommend her to anyone seeking to bring storytelling alive in a profound and enlightening way.
To know her and her work over the years has been an inspiration''.
David D. Campbell,Storyteller, Poet, Writer and Broadcaster
Louise is registered with the Health Professionals Council,
you can check this on this link
The evidence of how storytelling can support literacy skills abounds:
''Students are better able to move from oral to literate language styles if they have had positive experiences of hearing and retelling stories during pre-school years...''.
C. E. Westby 1991 - Learning to Talk and Talking to Learn
and for children with Speech Language and communication Needs (SLCN), storytelling can help literacy development at any age...Paray House School in London recently commissioned Lis'n Tell training for all teaching staff in order to promote and enhance their approach to literacy with their students...
and refreshing...You are doing important work in the bringing together of art and science''.
Louise was in the top 5 Hit List of Childrens' Storytellers Shows at the International Edinburgh Fringe Arts Festival August 2009!:
Featured in ''My Working Life'' in July's Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist magazine: The Bulletin!
More about Lis'n Tell
''Lis'n Tell evolved through my work with children and adults with special needs, with whom I lived for ten years.
I learnt how to tell a story and include, affirm and develop their responses. They taught me how to become more sensitive and inventive.
During this time I realised how storytelling can reach people with special needs, like no other medium can...
The principles and approach of Lis'n Tell can be applied to children and adults with a very wide variety of communication challenges.
Lis'n Tell works through rhythm and role, rhyme, repetition and ritual. It employs sensory and simple voice and gesture techniques which help the teller get to and convey the heart of the story to the hearts of the listeners.
This intensively inclusive method facilitates,involves and expands the verbal and non verbal responses of the listeners, who evolve as tellers in their own unique ways''.
Louise Coigley MRCSLT MHPC
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Lis'n Tell: Live Inclusive Storytelling