Improving communication between parents and professionals Professionals in Fife involved in children and families services have been using Storyworlds Life tools for service improvement since our pilot with them in 2017. A recent session, using Connor Goes Swimming, brought together parents and professionals (Allied Health Practitioners, teachers, children's nurses,playworkers) to share experience and [...]
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Casting 'bullies' and 'victims' - why it doesn't work It takes a lot of courage to admit to being a victim of bullying. But even then, you may not get the sympathy and understanding you hope for. Why not? Well, for us to acknowledge that you've been bullied, we must acknowledge that one of us is a [...]
What's going on when mothers are nasty? The next of our relationship issues involves how parents manage and express their anger. Our focus on mothers. Mothers are meant to be kind, gentle and loving. So what happens when mothers don't feel like that, or can't behave as we all expect? In Scene 3 (of [...]
What's going on when girls are treated differently? The second of our relationship issues involves parents caring for teenagers. It explores how parents treat girls and boys differently reflecting personal experience and broader social attitudes. Pushing boundaries and experimenting with appearance, relationships and social situations are a part of growing up. However, the [...]
What's going on when carers gang up? Our series of Conversation Starters begins with relationship issues arising from caring for adult relatives. In our story, Steve and John increasingly care for their aging mother and sister (who has a mild learning disability). Over the phone they discuss their relatives' life choices and habits [...]
Improving our relationships We can't change the world, but we can increase our support and sense of wellbeing by improving the quality of relationships. This series of Conversation Starters can help build the confidence and skills we need to do that. Their focus is 'family caring.' Family caring Most of us experience both [...]
Outcome planning with parents in Fife One key aim of Connor Goes Swimming is to help therapists and parents share outcome planning. Speech and Language Therapists in Fife are now successfully integrating this approach to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their practice. Here, a member of the team describes the benefit she [...]
What are the Storyworlds Life cards? Our first tool - Connor Goes Swimming - includes a set of 'behaviour cards' designed to improve conversations. They contain: a set of questions to help with action planning a set of discussion cards - SUPPORT, MOTIVATION, LISTENING, EXPERTISE, OUTCOMES - that help focus conversation about what's [...]
"The question rarely asked" Opening Conversations between Parents and Practitioners describes a workshop we ran with parents from PAMIS and practitioners from Fife Health and Social Care Partnership. In the group there was an OT student who said how she valued the opportunity to talk openly with parents and ask questions. One parent made [...]
"They're not listening!" We've all experienced the frustration and anxiety that comes from trying to communicate something important to a person who doesn't appear to be listening or understanding. It's especially hard when the communication involves trying to access services for your loved one. When I'm trying to assert myself with staff on [...]