Living History Series

Part 1: Thinking about our stories

History is stories about the stories about my past are my memories.
We are creating history every day. There are 2 types of historical story. The most exciting history tells us about the relationships between people, the impact and the consequences. It includes emotions of excitement, struggle, joy, perseverance, resilience. It's these personal stories which become our own history and our Autobiographical Memories. We are encouraged to identify these personal stories and to share them in order to create living history together.

Watch as Clare explains more about what this means

Read about more ways to help your child to build their autobiographical memories Living History Part 1

Part 2: Understanding our experiences 

It's important to really understand the experiences we are going through now, the success and the struggles, their impact and consequences. If we understand the experience more fully, we are better able to be rememberer it in more detail and we then it will become a richer autobiographical memory. These richer autobiographical memories are important. When we exeperience something now we often think back to memories of things in our past which are similar. This helps us to understand what is happening and predict what the possible outcomes might be.


Read Living History Part 2

Part 3: Capturing our experiences

We are surrounded by autobiographical memories. They give us our identity and shared moments. They are often prompted by visual hooks which help us to retrieve and remember these events. Let's think about how we can use these visual hooks to help us enjoy remembering our memories together because capturing our life experiences is really valuable.


Read Living History Part 3

Part 4: Talking about our experiences

If children with hearing loss are finding it harder to retain the detail and impact of autobiographical memories we need to support them in this. A 3 phase model will be highlighted and how it can be used effectively with a bit of thought and planning.


Read Living History Part 4

Part 5: New experiences & opportunities

Part 5 briefly summarises the 'Means, Reasons, Opportunities' model of communication and relates this to what we know impacts upon 'success'. It's an encouragement to our children with hearing loss and to us about how we can support them to be 'opportunity takers'.


Read Living History Part 5