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5 reasons why stories are a powerful tool to help your child understand their sensory preferences.

You may have seen that we use stories in our signature 'Understanding Sensory Processing through stories' online course (link below). But you may be wondering why develop them as a story? so let's look at storytelling and discover how it nurtures not only learning and imagination but also emotional literacy in children.

Picture this: You're cozied up with your little one, a beloved book in hand, ready to embark on an adventure to far-off lands, where dragons soar and dreams come true. As you journey through the pages, something truly remarkable happens – your child's eyes sparkle with wonder, their imagination takes flight, and their heart opens to the magic of storytelling.

But why is storytelling so extraordinary, you might wonder? Well, stories hold the power to captivate children's minds and hearts, transporting them to enchanted realms, introducing them to unforgettable characters, and inviting them to dream beyond the limits of their imagination.

Yet, the true marvel of storytelling lies not only in its ability to entertain but also in its capacity to foster emotional literacy – the ability to recognize, understand, and express emotions in oneself and others. Through stories, children learn to navigate the rich tapestry of human emotions, developing empathy, resilience, and compassion along the way.

So, how exactly does storytelling cultivate sensory and emotional literacy in children? Let's look at the 5 reasons we chose stories:

1. Character Development: Through the journeys of characters in stories, children witness a diverse array of emotions – from joy and love to fear and sadness. As they empathize with characters' experiences, they develop a deeper understanding of their own emotions and those of others.

2. Conflict Resolution: Stories often present characters with challenges and conflicts to overcome. As children follow these narratives, they learn valuable lessons about problem-solving, resilience, and coping with adversity, empowering them to navigate their own challenges with courage and grace.

3. Perspective-Taking: Stories offer a window into different perspectives and experiences, allowing children to see the world through the eyes of others. By stepping into the shoes of characters from diverse backgrounds and cultures, children broaden their empathy and gain a more nuanced understanding of human emotions and relationships.

4. Identity Exploration: Through stories that reflect their own experiences and identities, children find validation and affirmation of their emotions, identities, and sense of self. They learn to articulate their feelings, express themselves authentically, and embrace the beauty of their uniqueness.

5. Empathy and Connection: Perhaps most importantly, storytelling fosters empathy and connection, forging bonds between children and the characters they encounter. As children relate to characters' triumphs and struggles, they develop a sense of solidarity and compassion, strengthening their capacity for empathy and understanding in the world around them.

But the true magic of storytelling lies in its ability to weave together learning, imagination, and emotional literacy into a tapestry of wonder and discovery. With each story shared, we create space for children to learn, grow, and thrive – not only as learners but also as individuals who have a better insight into themselves, their sensory preference and their mind-body connection. As well as helping them grow into compassionate, empathetic, and emotionally resilient individuals.

So, let's empower children and take them on an adventure of sensory island. Together, we'll embark on countless adventures, explore endless worlds, and unlock the boundless potential of sensory health.

If you want to learn more about our Understanding Sensory Processing through stories course please visit

Until next time

Kate and Nicole x

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