When will this government get the whole picture on literacy?

Just read Michael Rosen’s article entitled “Dear Nadhim Zahawi, the Tories vowed to ‘eradicate illiteracy’ years ago. What went wrong.” I have also responded to the Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/oct/09/dear-nadhim-zahawi-the-tories-vowed-to-eradicate-illiteracy-years-ago-what-went-wrong

I am with Michael Rosen, little progress has been made in the last 10 years. Lets hope that Robin Walker, the new school’s minister can come to understand the problem. Decoding words is part of reading but is not the destination; you need to store words in your Word Form Area (WFA) so that you can recognise them next time and use the image for spelling. This in turn improves fluency, understanding and comprehension.

Nic Gibb’s obsession with phonics ONLY is like learning to drive a car without practicing reverse or parking. Some people may stumble into reverse and learn it without tuition, others will find parking impossible. The word ONLY is not appropriate; we are teaching literacy, not just decoding.

How do we get Nadhim Zahawi to correct this mistake in every school. Answers please…..

During lockdown I produced a wealth of youtube videos that explains different aspects of this. They are all free and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott

I have personal letters (below) from government explaining the merits of decoding skills. They simply don’t understand the problem. Of course if literacy is poor, then children get labelled as Dyslexic, because the teachers are following government guidelines and its not working. So the school identifies a problem that the child must have a deficit. Give me a Dyslexic minister, MP or civil servant and I will soon get them to understand what got missed out of their education and apologise for this mistake in government policy

Peter Lilley and Michael Gove in 2011
David Laws in 2014
Bim Afolami and Nic Gibb in 2017

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
Recover Your energy– this book will energise you
You too can do health 

#michaeilrosen #nadhimzahawi #literacy #nicgibb #bimafolami #decoding #wordformarea #dyslexia #empoweringlearning

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Flipping Dyslexia 101: How could your school benefit from a Neurodivergent School Coach (NSC)?

It is every students’ civil rights to be taught in a way that works for them and in many cases plays to their visual neurodivergent strengths. Every primary school could have a Neurodivergent School Coach, who champions appropriate teaching and learning for neurodivergent students.

Here is a pre-lockdown recording when 5 Empowering Learning Practitioners shared their experiences of being a Neurodivergent School Coach, using Empowering Learning Techniques.

Why do you need a NSC? Teachers are experts in teaching, neurodivergent school coaches are experts in how neurodivergent children learn and how they can best access lessons. Our understanding of neurodiversity is gathering pace and it is impossible for teachers to keep up, whilst dealing with the pressures of a school day. This is particularly true for primary schools, where missing appropriate techniques at this age has a lifelong effect on every individual. This role is in addition to the SENCO role, that is largely focused on implementing government processes, procedures, assessments, etc..

Each school could benefit from a NSC (full-time or part time) who is a coach with expertise in how these students learn. Their role will be to teach children, parents and teachers the same skills for continuity in and out of school. They will run specific projects in the school to, meet the current needs, for example:

  • Identify and explore their strengths and ensuring staff can teach to these strengths
  • Teach visual learning skills to individual students and ensure nursery, reception and year 1 have the basics of:
    • Calmness with good breathing (can be incorporated in any mindfulness practices
    • Controlled mental images with grounding
    • Good left brain / right brain coordination
    • Using mental imagery for literacy, numeracy
  • Assist teachers and parents to congratulate any successes and take a forensic view on behavioural challenges, checking out what is behind the behavior and so much more
  • Learn from students and develop child-centered support for children in their reality, through the “right” questions.
  • Teach simple skills to students to, for example, reduce anxiety, increase confidence and develop a growth mindset.
  • Create student mentors.
  • Call out students getting things right. “A student who is appreciated will always do more than expected”.

Who can do this? The NSC will have a real thirst for continually learning and implementing new skills, that fit every child, with an open mind, remembering that every child may think and learn differently.

Objectives:

Making neurodiversity teaching and learning a CPD priority will achieve the following:

  • Students understanding how they best think and learn and the factors that affect them
  • Students understanding how they can reduce their own anxiety
  • Reduced SEN costs
  • Better educated children
  • More independent learners
  • Improve mental health issues that so often result from learning differences.
  • Greater confidence in all aspects of school work.
  • A legacy in school for future years, that is self-generating amongst students.

This is part 4 of a series entitled Changing Dyslexia for a New Decade. You can find details here: https://olivehickmott.wordpress.com/practitioner-training/

If you want to learn more about how a Neurodivergent School Coach could help you and your students, please contact Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties

#neurodivergent #neurodivergentschoolcoach #SEN #mentalimagery #dyslexia

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Flipping Dyslexia 101: The Lost Art of Picturing Words

People who are good at literacy picture words in their mind’s eye. So why aren’t we teaching this simple skill in school?

Back in the day we communicated via pictures that were drawn on walls. Eventually letter and words were added for great clarity. At this time we could no doubt recognize words. But life moved on and we made it more complicated, especially in the English language, where there is a big gap between what we say and what we write – a deep orthographic depth. The are words that obey rules, words that break the rules, silent letters and those crazy homophones (2 words that sound the same but have totally different meanings and spellings). My favorite is ate and eight. And a child’s expected progress in school was accelerated and put under more pressure.

Somehow many never grasped the idea of being able to picture words and left many, including me, with a learning difficulty, that is caused Dyslexia now. It is never too late to learn the skill and I am teaching the fastest way on earth to learn.

I challenge you to prove me wrong: You can learn to improve your literacy in just 30 mins. Join my zoom call on Wednesday 6th October at 8:00pm. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84275608846?pwd=TXFFd3cxNWVEK095c0JxYll5aWx4QT09

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
Recover Your energy– this book will energise you
You too can do health 

#dyslexia #literacy #empoweringlearning #flippingdyslexia101

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Dyslexics, come and prove me wrong!

You can learn to improve your literacy in just 30 mins. Join my zoom call on Wednesday 6th October at 8:00pm. Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84275608846?pwd=TXFFd3cxNWVEK095c0JxYll5aWx4QT09

I have been teaching these skills for 22 years, because nobody told me that this was the easy way to spell and read when I was young. Those who have good literacy, have picked up the skill naturally, those who haven’t learned to visualise words in the English language will never read fluently and be able to spell well. In 22 years I have never met anyone diagnosed as dyslexic who is reliably visualising words. It is so easy to teach in minutes.

In the last few weeks I have taught several adults how to start visualising words in minutes and they have been amazed. Their comments have been:
“This would have changed my life, and will do now”
“I could always visualise pictures I had no idea you could visualise words. Its so easy”

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
Recover Your energy- this book will energise you
You too can do health 

#dyslexia #literacy #empoweringlearning

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Dyslexia Awareness Week: Free coaching for Dyslexia Attention Adults in Luton and Bedfordshire

I guest for the Recovery College in Luton and Bedfordshire, and my next events are to teach people how to visualise words and make spelling, writing and Dyslexia so much easier.

I have been teaching people for 22 years and they can always learn the skill in minutes; then all they need is a bit of practice. The course is for adults but if you have a child who is struggling with literacy, come along and learn how you can teach them. We have 2 FREE 90-minute classes, 2pm on the 5th and the 12th of October.

Go to the college website and register with an email to elft.recoverycollege@nhs.net

Telephone 01234 263621 (Bedford) / 01582 708917 (Luton)

All courses are completely free to those who live in Bedfordshire or Luton and run online

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
Recover Your energy- this book will energise you
You too can do health 

#dyslexiaawarenessweek #dyslexia #empoweringlearning #olivehickmott #literacy

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Learning Differences from the USA: Catch up on my 2 presentations plus lots more

October is LD Awareness Month!

Learning Difficulties Associations of New Jersey & LDA Michigan are linking Information about Learning Disabilities, Attention Issues and Related Disorders

2 Day Virtual Conference 

Friday, October 15 &/or Saturday, October 16, 2021   

Parents/Families, Educators, Professionals,

Students 14+ & Adults with LD

  •   6 great keynotes each day! 
  •   52 workshops over two days!  Pre-K thru Adult topics.  You choose!
  •   Attend one or more workshops on one or both days!
  • ​  Most workshops pertain to any student! 
  •   Not just for NJ or MI! Most topics relevant in any state!
  •   Topics include:   Dyslexia, IEPs, Executive Function, Reading, Covid-19 Impact, Anxiety, College & Work, and more!
  •   Certificate of Attendance for up to 5 hours PDUs available!
  •   Have breakfast and lunch when you want!
  •   No travel!

Can’t attend on Oct. 15 or 16?  Workshops are recorded!  Register and watch until Oct. 31.  Still get Certificates of Attendance!

 Registration: Https://LDAMINJConference2021.eventbrite.com

                   1 day – Members $25, Conference & Membership $50, Non-Members $75

                   2 days-Members $50, Conference & Membership $75, Non-Members $100

Full conference details www.LDANJ.org​ Events page.

Questions: LDAMINJConference@gmail.com or 732-645-2738

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
Recover Your energy- this book will energise you
You too can do health 

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Flipping Dyslexia 101: Neurodivergent Teddy

Transcript:

Good morning this is a story about neurodivergent teddy.

This is part of my series of learning to thrive with dyslexia and adhd

I want to tell you a story about a little boy called Freddie who came to see me.  In case you’re wondering almost all my students are called Freddie. He was about eight years old and was running about all over the place. He wouldn’t sit still and looking at words was a real no-go area for him, so i resorted to picking up my teddy bear and introducing him to Freddie.

I got a post-it pad, wrote ear on one sheet and stuck that on teddy’s ear and said that’s his ear. Then I stuck the word nose on his nose. I was starting to get some attention from Freddie, just because of the teddy; no other reason at all. Then I went onto his arm. By this time he was getting really into this I stuck more post-its on him he really liked the one on his belly; that really entertained him, so we went all over teddy and covered him with post-its. It is really useful that leg, eye, head, foot, paw etc are all single syllables words that relate to objects. He was watching and really paying attention which was really great quite a miracle for his parents.

Then I gave him one of the post-its and a blank one and asked him if he could copy it down. He started to and it was all over the place but after about four attempts he got something that looked like arm so that was really great. We finished the session there and his parents were absolutely dumbfounded as he hadn’t done anything like this before the best thing about it all was that a couple of weeks later when his mum phones me up and says. “I don’t think you’re going to guess what he did next. So i asked her to tell me….

He came home from school one day and he looked very serious at me and said  “Mum we’ve got a problem” mum said “let’s sit down and talk about it what’s your problem”

He looked very focused and said “the other boys have bugs in their pockets”. At this point mum was wondering what sort of bugs these were. He says “yes they are bugs” and mum says “what do the bugs do?” He says every time one of the boys wants to spell a word the bug gets the word out on a post-it and throws it up into the air and they just write down how to spell the word

“It’s as simple as that.” Mum said “that sounds really good” but Freddie replied “but I haven’t got any bugs in my pocket so we have a problem.”

She then started discussing the bugs and had great fun with his story.  He then developed doing more and more with literacy so on reflection what did that story tell me about what we teach and how we teach it?

Firstly we make it fun, next we taught him to recognize whole words. He wasn’t trying to break them down because they are only short words and for creative imaginative people whole words are much easier than breaking down into small phonemes which isn’t a great strategy

for the big picture thinkers. They love whole words that they can see; ears, feet, nose etc. and that’s all learnt from the neuroscience. Words are associated with objects so when they think of an ear. He thought of teddy’s ear with ear written on it. I got him looking up to see the words into his visual field.

Goodness knows where Freddie got the little story from. I didn’t teach him that. He made up his own way to do it and had fun it’s amazing progression into what you can do with a skill that you’ve learned in just half an hour. He was very much calmer. I didn’t want to do too much in one go.  I wanted him to get really good at what he had managed to learn learning in his own time and not pushing through to non-object words yet; this is a principle of self-directed education. Writing in capitals to start with was helpful.  Capital letters don’t turn around like lowercase p’s q’s b’s and d’s.  Using capitals, they don’t make another letter.

I’ve been teaching word recognition for years but this was the first time I tried this version, adapting to where the student was all in a 30-minute session.  Quite remarkable.

This was Olive Hickmott, talking about Freddie.  You’ll find more success stories in her books the latest of which is the elephants in the classroom.

Thank you for listening.

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
Recover Your energy- this book will energise you
You too can do health 

#empoweringlearning #neurodivergent #spelling #flippingdyslexia #dyslexia #spelling

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Long COVID Recovery: Take back control of your wellbeing

As a health and learning coach I am putting out there some opportunities to improve Long-Covid. There are many complimentary tools that people can try out for themselves at little or no cost. People have different symptoms so one technique may work for one person and not for anther.

My sugestions this week are:

  • Buteyko breathing: Patrick Mckeown ran a free webinar this week: here is the link to the recording. https://vimeo.com/618724773/ecc2c27f13. Highly recommended.
    • Discover simple breathing exercises to help with Long COVID
    • Reduce breathlessness and unblock the nose
    • Stimulate vagus nerve and improve nervous system balance
    • Normalise blood gases
  • Whilst you have been unwell, your energy channels may have become blocked. Highly sensitive people are very prone to picking up energy that isn’t theirs’s, which leads to exhaustion and overwhelm, that can affect every cell in your body. If you have spent time in hospital this can be more severe. There are many modalities that can help you with clearing, cleaning and resetting your entire energy system and here I am recommending Art Giser’s Energetic NLP. To start to understand what is possible go to his Facebook channel on Thursdays at 8:30pm and listen to his latest free event. Alternatively go to http://www.energeticnlp.com and sign up.
    • If you are up for listening to a story that may help your energy flow, my book Recover your energy is available for free as an audio download. https://olivehickmott.wordpress.com/2020/09/06/recover-your-energy-for-free/ You are welcome to give it a try even if you go to sleep whilst it plays. The book was first written to help with MS more than 10 years ago, and will assist with clearing energy blocks.
  • The Lymphatic system is a generally neglected chapter in education even though it effects the proper functioning of our immune system, organ health, vitality and movement. A lymph system that is not properly functioning is able to trigger unexplained aches and pains all around our bodies. I think of the lymphatic system as being the natural waste disposal system of our body and if the garbage isn’t going out it is not surprising we have problems. I have recently heard about Lymphatic Bowen, two of my favorite modalities. Do take a look at http://www.safetomove.com. Gus de la Querra works in Oxford.
  • Sleep is also a vital part of recovery. The Active in Redbourn community group recorded a set of short videos for world Sleep Day – you can catch up on them here with the full playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEqii5WK0BE7r4zxeR2V8Ft7uHpZddCe_

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties
Recover Your energy- this book will energise you
You too can do health

#longCOVID #exhaustion #breathing #buteyko #lymphatic #energy #energeticnlp #sleep

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Flipping Dyslexia 101: Neurodivergent strengths

When you explore neurodivergent strengths, you realize 3 things:

  • how valuable these strengths are
  • how they can be real assets in adult life
  • how they can be flipped to assist with topics such as dyslexia or poor literacy/numeracy at any age.

First, I should like to focus in on picture thinking, which is so common amongst neurodivergent people. They typically have exceptional visual memory for things they have seen before or can imagine a mind’s eye that can run anything as a high speed video. It is like the “Instagram for their brain”.

If you can visualize pictures of animals, like a cat, dog, lion, tiger, giraffe then you can simply learn to visualize words. So you are flipping a natural skill you have, to use it for something you find more of a challenge. All good readers and spellers naturally visualise words and it is a simple skill to learn at any age.

Now here are a list of the other neurodivergent strengths, which are extraordinary and will dissolve the common misconception in the world that so called learning difficulties are a bad thing, that are actually just learning differences.

Whilst the symptoms of learning difficulties present challenges, and the rest is sheer genius.  Some resilient people find the niche that enables them to ignore all the negatives, and in that niche, they will excel, as long as they don’t get derailed by anxiety.  Of course, distraction in school can be exasperating, whereas in later life it can be the source of invention. The following is a list of exceptional characteristics that we have recognised in ourselves and others.  You will find students who have one or more of these when you look.

If you are looking for a job, look at which of these strengths apply to you and make sure that you are going for opportunities where you can use your strengths – it will be much more fulfilling.

  • Ability to see things from different perspectives, sometimes at the same time.  People can not only imagine what physical objects look like from different perspectives, including cross-sections, but they can also see, without any difficulty, the other side of an argument, business opportunities others don’t see, the list is endless. This may be termed visual-spatial thinking.  We once created the word “Perspectius” to mean genius-level ability to see different perspectives simultaneously – we think this sums up their attributes.
  • The bigger picture.  Needs to understand the bigger picture and the reasons why, searching out the rationale behind an instruction, needing to verify that it has an authentic purpose or will work to change it. Asks the “big questions”, “life’s larger questions”, “challenging questions” and “questions about how things work”. Often  employing high levels of intuition, the list is endless. They believe that everything should be given creative thought, rigid rituilistic systems are considered anarchic. Their insights fuel “system busting”.
  • Spatial awareness. Ability to turn 2D objects into 3D images.  For example, when looking at an Ordnance Survey map, which is flat, 2D, they notice the contour lines and can create within seconds 3D pictures of the mountains and hills, in their mind’s eye.
  • Problem solving and hyperfocus.  Ability to made high-speed connections between a multitude of different facts, noticing patterns;  an invaluable skill for any type of research.    This leads to unique insights but may sometimes lose the audience. They thrive on solving problems and puzzles.  Give them an interesting problem to solve, and they won’t be able to drop it until they have found a solution, e.g. Rubick’s cube, jigsaws, research problem. Hyperfocus can be an incredible asset when kept under control and focused on something productive. It allows us to get the job done and done well. Those who hyperfocus on minutiae concentrating on the small detail and any small changes in detail may even be able to switch off peripheral vision, to avoid distraction.  
  • Drive and energy for those things they are passionate about. Coupled with problem-solving skills, loving puzzles and hyperfocus, this makes a powerful combination. When bored completing a task may seem like torture. They bring a tremendous amount of energy to a task with an amped-up sympathetic nervous system. They have the capacity of single-minded focus on what interests them that are things that express joy, humour, healing, communication, spirituality and personal growth.
  • Picture thinking, an exceptional visual memory for things they have seen before or can imagine and a mind’s eye that can run anything as a high-speed video. Understand pictures more than words and drawing in advance of their age, although their physical art may initially disappoint, as their mental imagery is better.  “Instagram for the brain”.  Visual thinking for many sports is a given; swinging a golf club, playing tennis, diving off the 10metre board, kicking a ball.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.  For some, their creative verbal communications, with rich and advanced vocabulary, often make up for their lack of written communications.
    • Compassion; tremendous powers to connect with other people and in adition an advanced ability to empathise and see different perspectives.
    • Intuition; they can guide themselves by just knowing, seeing through any facade to the essence of things and people and tend to share their suffering.
    • A sense of humour; may love to laugh and may have a knack of making others laugh too.
  • Creativity, imagination and ideas generation. Look back in history; many famous people were labelled with learning difficulties or thrown out of school.  In fact, most of the inventions over the last 150 years have been made by these people – creativity is their forte.  Today we have Jamie Oliver and Richard Branson for example. I have never met people who aren’t exceptionally creative, imaginative and full of ideas. Writers, painters, musicians, filmmakers, designers, photographers, comedians – the list goes on! Artistic talents are abundant with advanced picture thinking – new ideas appear at lightning speed, sometimes too fast for others to keep up with them! 
  • Clarity. Saying exactly how it is – even if other’s don’t like it. Takes things very literally, always tells the truth and needs to understand the reasons why! Radical authenticity.
  • Resilience.  To overcome the challenges experienced with a conventional learning environment, some will develop a high level of resilience, that allows them to focus on their strengths and excel.
  • Exception Memory.  Over long periods of time with the ability to collect, analyse and connect very diverse facts.
  • That something special.  That unique way of looking at the world, a perspective that others often don’t understand, until they meet another – it takes one to recognise one. Neurodivergent skills are wonderous and extensive in every area of exceptional human endeavor, e.g. marketing, sport, philosophy, design, creativity, music, imagination, planning, painters, artists, filmmakers, photographers, writers, comedians, number skills, breaking down outdated structures.

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk

You will find more about neurodivergent strengths in The Elephants in the Classroom.

Please register here to follow my blog at http://www.olivehickmott.co.uk
You will find other useful informationat http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk
Here is my YouTube channel for more free resources: https://www.youtube.com/c/OliveHickmott
My latest books are:
The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties

#empoweringlearning #dyslexia #flippingdyslexia #visualkids #mental imagery #strengths #neurodivergentstrengths #neurodivergent

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Flipping Dyslexia 101: Is there a Crime?

That people who are good at literacy don’t tell those who struggle, that they have mental images of words. This enables them to recognize words they have seen before and spell words, especially in English, that is tricky at best.

That not all school teachers have the skill themselves. It is not taught in teacher training, so how can they possibly teach others? Those who do have the skill can’t believe that anyone else needs teaching. It would be great if teachers would talk with each other about their varied experiences, with a spirit of curiosity.

I never pictured words for 50 years and nobody even suggested I should or could; this was definitely a crime and I consider an abuse of my human rights. I hated reading, my mind wandered and I fell asleep. Perhaps it is like being forced to wear someone else’s glasses.

I could have learnt to read 50 years earlier, not missed out on all the children’s literature and only had the great strengths of Dyslexia, not the crippling literacy. Spelling and reading is only difficult when you don’t know how the experts do it.

Visualising words is really easy when you know how, every child can be taught in minutes and those who are struggling are most often already very visual kids. .

My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can.
You are welcome to contact me olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk

You will find more about my experience of growing up in the dark without mental images in The Elephants in the Classroom.

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The Elephants in the Classroom: using every student’s natural power of mental Imagery to enhance learning: Neurodiversity through the lens of mental Imagery.
Bridges to Success – How to transform Learning Difficulties

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