I use stories to prompt and trigger conversation, this can be particularly useful when having difficult conversations. I often use a story book about feelings, like being scared or what different procedures are like. These are easy to make yourself with photos and simple sentences. A photo book of having a CT scan shows the steps and I pause throughout the story, asking “how do you think that child might be feeling?” or “what questions do you think they might have?”. This helps to discover what the child is thinking and feeling as they will often project their own worries onto the child in the story and find it easier to talk about their worries in the third person.