What Parents Want to Know
Is this “therapy” or “tutoring?”
Our small group workshops for kids and teens are not formal therapy or tutoring. If your child is in therapy then our classes give them another forum to practice their evolving skills. Our groups were created so that we could offer specialized instruction to all kids who need a little “boost” in language, literacy, problem solving, and social skills whether they have a formal diagnosis or not.
Does my child need a diagnosis to do Story Stage? Do you work with children on the spectrum? What level of child do you teach?
Do you also offer individual speech therapy and dyslexia tutoring?
What does a semester class include?
No, yes, and it depends. Many of our students do have diagnoses, but not all of them do, and we have happily had several students who are on the spectrum in our classes. In regards to the level or ability required to do Story Stage, the essentials are that your child is verbal and can tell a story (or, at least, is ready to learn how better to do so).
Yes, we have a limited number of spots for individual sessions with Rebekah or Leigh. However, our private therapy practice is highly specialized. Please call with questions.
A full semester of small-group classes taught by two instructors and filled with narrative storytelling, language-skill building, playwriting, and improvisation, plus a performance at the end of the semester of the plays created by your students by trained and professional actors.
Why do you meet with each child/parent before and after the group workshops?
Simply put, because it makes your child’s experience more fun and more productive. Our pre-workshop meetings let us get to know your child and what they like. We want to make sure that we are rigorous in our efforts to customize each workshop to your child’s level of skill and understanding.
How many students are in each workshop?
When classes are taught at Story Stage, we limit our enrollment to 6 students per class. When we teach in schools, we work with teachers to keep our student/teacher ratios low. We always strive for 3:1. Sometimes that means we bring more Story Stage instructors.
Yes. You are welcome to wait in the reception area at Story Stage, but don’t expect it to be quiet! The active, collaborative nature of our group learning model means that you’ll probably be able to hear us “working” (i.e giggling, moving around, having fun).
Do you have a place for me to wait while my child is in class?
Do you offer make-up sessions if my child is sick or needs to miss a class?
Will our children be acting in the end-of-session performances?
Because we work together in groups, make-up sessions are difficult. We would love to make-up your lesson, and we do understand that kids get sick and things happen, but recreating the group every time someone has to miss is not something we can do. We will do our very best to get your child up to speed when he returns.
They will not. At Story Stage, we teach our students to be playwrights, so we don’t really focus on performance skills. Instead, we hire trained and professional actors to bring your student’s words to life. Both students and their invited guests agree that watching and enjoying these plays is even more rewarding!
What Kids Want to Know
Do I have to sit at a desk at Story Stage?
No! We don’t even have desks! We do have costumes and props and backdrops, though.
What if I don’t want to share a personal story?
No problem. We don’t want you to feel that you ever have to share anything too personal or private. We will teach you that stories have to come from a truth…that truth could be as simple as you don’t like peanut butter or are allergic to cats.
Are you gonna make me listen to a lot of boring stories?
The stories we use at Story Stage all come from you and the friends in your group. You get to tell the stories that you want to tell.
Is this like theater class?
Not exactly. At Story Stage we will use props, act out scenes, and give performances, like in theater. But you will decide how to use the props, what to say, and how to interact on stage. If you like theater, you will probably have fun here and learn a lot, but we don’t teach acting.
Can I be in the same class as my friend?
Our classes are small, but if space allows, we would love to have you and your friend together. We expect most of the classes at Story Stage will be a mix of boys and girls of different ages. You just might make a new friend while you are here!