The Sharing Stories Project is a non-profit initiative from SLCN Stories that donates collections of books to Primary Schools in the U.K.
The books will all contribute to raising awareness and supporting children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
Our passion is to share inclusive stories and create easy access for children to read stories that celebrate their successes and reflect their specific experiences.
We know that there are 2-3 children in every classroom who have Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
We also know that 10% of children in the UK have long-term Speech, Language and Communication Needs which means that they face barriers in communicating and learning in everyday life.
These children are at a higher risk of being bullied at school because of the difficulties that they may face with understanding what other’s may say and being able to share their own thoughts and feelings.
Children with SLCN are more likely to experience social isolation when they have difficulties communicating with peers and building friendships. They may experience anger, frustration and anxiety when they are not understood by others. They may also feel distressed if they are interrupted, teased or ignored because of their Speech and Language difficulties.
These children need to see their experiences reflected in the books they read. They need to know that they are not alone, and that their thoughts and feelings matter. They also need to be celebrated for who they are, their successes no matter how small and to know that their voice, in whatever way that is communicated, is important.
How will we achieve this?
We are a small, parent led initiative founded and led by Sarah Moriarty, a parent who wants children like her son to have access to stories that reflect their specific experiences growing up with Speech and Language Difficulties.
You can support us directly through our JustGiving Page. We also accept book donations directly from authors and publishers.
Nominate your School
To nominate your School for a book donation please send us an email via Contact Us with information about the Speech and Language Needs within the Primary School. We encourage you to look at out book reviews to choose any books that may best suit the Speech and Language Needs of your School.
"Thank you so much for the donation of 6 books to support pupils with Speech Language and Communication needs. I was delighted to learn that a parent had nominated us. The books are so appropriate and lovely!"
Please note that at this moment in time we are only able to donate books directly to Primary Schools in the U.K. We will also be pausing the donations during July and August 2021 ready to donate again in September 2021.
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