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Assessing Children's Narrative Skills: Implications for Social and Academic Success - with Carol Westby


July 14, 2017

Time09.30 to 16.00
Duration1 day
VenueBromley, Greater London
TicketsStandard Professional : £85.00

We are thrilled that Dr Carol Westby will be with us from the US to deliver this exciting one day course.

Fictional narrative language skills in the elementary grades predict how well children do on academic tasks in later school years. Increasing attention has been given to the importance of personal real-life narratives, particularly those triggered by autobiographical memories and integrated into life stories. Such personal narratives are associated with the development social problem-solving, a sense of identity, and self-regulation. Consequently, educators and interventionists must have the knowledge to assess and develop students' fictional and personal narrative discourse skills. This session will describe a variety of methods for collecting narrative language samples, provide strategies for assessing children’s narrative comprehension and production, describe linguistic and conceptual elements that affect narrative complexity, explain developmental stages in narrative structure, and discuss implications of assessment results for intervention. The course content covers typical development for children aged 4 to 16 years. Suitable for those in working with primary children, or those working with secondary children with language delay.


  • Types and functions of Narrative
  • Assessment of narrative macrostructure
  • Fictional narratives
  • Personal event narratives
  • Life stories
  • Assessment of narrative microstructures
  • Vocabulary/landscape of consciousness
  • Complex syntax
  • Narrative Intervention (Integrating fictional and personal stories
  • Developing autobiographical memory, fictional, and personal stories
  • Strategies for reminiscing
  • Elements and influences of settings on stories
  • Supporting connections between emotions/mental states and actions
  • Asking questions to make inferences
  • Developing life stories
  • Identifying physical and psychological nature of persons and relations to their actions
  • Modeling inference makingg.

Read more about Carol's background and her work in Theory of Mind and Language - Literacy relationships here: Carol Westby BIOG.pdf (1).pdf

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