Sequencing is the ability to put ideas into the right chronological order. This skill is important for telling stories, recounting events, organisational skills, giving and responding to instructions and understanding consequences.
Narrative (or story telling) is any account (written or spoken) that describes a sequence of events. These events could be real or fictional and be set in the past, present or future.
When describing an event, we often talk about people, places, events, the order that things happened/will happen and the outcome. This requires a complex set of skills, including generating ideas, planning, sequencing, setting the scene, vocabulary knowledge, use of time and sequencing concepts, understanding ‘cause and effect’ relationships, and maintaining attention and focus. Effective narrative skills support people to organise and make sense of the events in their lives.
Many of the above strategies can also be used to encourage narrative skills. Additionally, you might want to:
If you’ve tried all of these techniques and you’re still not seeing any improvement after four months, please speak to your GP or health visitor.
Our team run online workshops on early language development. They are designed for parents and carers and those working within early years settings. We have three training sessions available on different topics to equip you with everyday strategies to support your child, aged up to five. Please visit our Speech and Language Therapy service page for more information and to register.