The International
School of Storytelling

Louise Coigley

In 1994, Louise attended the founding course at The School of Storytelling. For the first time, she felt like a fish who could swim...she then dived deeper and trained in Creative Speech and Drama.

Louise's original training was in speech pathology and therapeutics. Her approach to communication and social skills development - Lis'n Tell: live inclusive storytelling, is now used in several specialist schools across the UK. Speech language therapists, storytellers, teachers and parents regularly attend her trainings. Louise is a regular lecturer at Greenwich Medway and Plymouth Universities. Her individual work with children and adults with speech, language and communication needs and their families is based in Sussex.

Lis’n Tell combines rhythm and role, rhyme, repetition and ritual in order to  engage learners listening and support them to tell, verbally and non-verbally, in their own unique way. Louise has developed an intro and an outro in order to gain and release the learner's attention, and ease transitions between storytelling and other activities.

Louise is also a performance storyteller. Her collaborative show at The Edinburgh Fringe was nominated in the top 5 Hitlist for children in 2009.

Over the last ten years, Louise has been invited to work in Ireland, Nova Scotia, Germany, Greece, Malta and Australia. Louise has carried out evaluative research on her approach with Brighton Sussex Medical School. In 2012 she was invited to contribute a chapter on Lis'n Tell to the book: ''Storytelling with Children and Adults with Special Educational Needs - telling tales to transform lives''. 

  At present, Louise runs a speech and language support service at The Mount Camphill Community for young people with autism and learning disabilities. This service emphasises Total Communication, and was graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in July 2014.

The most children she has worked with in one day were two thousand pupils across 8 primary schools at Chinese New Year…integrating children with learning difficulties. She thought it would wreck her, but it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of her life!

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