First, the hospital study elevated storytelling from anecdotal reports to results proven with scientific evidence. BrainWise instructors – educators, parents, caregivers, therapists, health professionals – use stories from books, animations, videos, or other resources to reinforce the 10 Wise Ways. The stories can be chosen by the instructor, the child, a teen or an adult.
The instructors ask questions and guide BrainWise graduates to apply the ten thinking skills to problems characters face in stories. Children’s stories can cover any subject, including mental health, health care, safety, and relationships. Youth willingly engage in popular Young Adult (YA) stories, and both youth and adults analyze popular movies. Graduates of all ages and abilities discuss problems and assess the characters actions in terms of using Wizard Brain thinking of Lizard Brain reacting. They identify specific thinking skills the characters could use to prevent problems or manage them.