I was given a link to Patricia’s blog about children dictating stories. It got me thinking about my 10-year-old, William, who is very imaginative, but has difficulty creating stories, unlike most right-brained children. This is because he has difficulty with language as a whole. I also have a child with autism, Alex, who loved to hear his brothers and sister tell him stories, but had trouble telling his own stories. Both of these children are less capable in writing and drawing. Here are a couple ways we inspired stories from them:
William wanted to get “real pictures” of knights and fighting, his favorite topic. So, thanks to my favorite writing resource as a base and the on-line world of google images, we found plenty and I printed them off. He then meticulously cut them out, glued them in his story, and dictated his creation. He just loved it. He has done one about Indians as well.
I hope you can see these alright. I need to invest in a nice camera! Anyway, my daughter created a comic book for my son with autism about his favorite item, ceiling fans. So, she took pictures of his ceiling fans and cut them out. She then cleverly took pictures of various “Mii’s”, which is part of the Wii system, and used those as the characters. Though Abbey could draw these characters, she knew it would add another cool element for her brother. It would also inspire him that he could make his own using this as his “drawing device”.
I thought it might inspire other young creators out there, or not so young, but less artistically inclined, to figure out new ways to tell their stories.