The Wall of Awful Literacy

Here is a very simple way to improve literacy for highly creative, imaginative students.

I listened to Brandan Mahan (ADHDessentials.com) recently talking about The Wall of Awful – a metaphor to describe how students get stuck and how they can start knocking down the bricks.  We can all build up walls to protect us from things we find hard.  Although Brendan developed this great metaphor for ADHD, it is just as appropriate to us all, when we get stuck.

It resonated with how we enable creative, imaginative, often Dyslexic students to improve literacy and numeracy through the use of their internal mental images, that are already strong for pictures.  So, this is my interpretation of the Wall of Awful when applied to using visual skills for literacy and numeracy, through the lens of Empowering Learning (www.empoweringlearning.co.uk). Thank you Brendan.

The emotions in these walls can grow rapidly as we repeatedly fail. What emotions are in your wall? – disappointment, rejection, fear, shame, failure, want to quit, being bullied, comparison with other students, worry, impulsive, feeling stupid, feeling ashamed of myself.

So, what can we do about the Wall of Awful for Literacy.

1.      Stare at it (freeze)

Unfortunately staring at the problem without changing your approach is not going to help.

2.      Go around it (flight)

  • Get parents to do your homework
  • Do only what you know that you are good at and leave the rest – the problem here is that the wall gets wider the more you practice this one and you get left behind.
  • You are also practising incompetence with the wrong skills.

3.      Get angry and throw things around (fight)

Many parents and teachers will have seen this one in action and although it generates a bit more energy, it is unlikely to be channeled in the right direction.

4.      Put doors in the Wall

This is where the useful strategies start.  How can the student start to change the emotions and create doors and windows in the wall? The object is to quickly and easily move the student from “I can’t, I’m stupid” to “I can do that.”  Some people refer to these as brain hacks or scaffolding. Note that 1-5 are just as appropriate to ADHD as Dyslexia and poor literacy.  The big thing here is to do something different rather than keep repeating what the student can’t do, that only creates more bricks as they practice incompetence. We need to see them turn on their learning switch.

  1. You can change the environment by for example taking breaks, move, going out in the garden, exercising, laying down, walking around, playing motivational music, etc
  2. Look up – things are looking up and you will be out of negative emotions.
  3. Work on the student’s interests and their strengths. Reading and spelling best relates to anything that interests them.
  4. Good breathing, sleep and grounding to calm mental images. Tracing a labyrinth may also help.
  5. Using coloured overlays or tinted glasses
  6. Check out simple primitive reflexes that maybe retained
  7. Raising the book when reading, will get them out of negative emotions
  8. Get out of performance anxiety by reading aloud to the dog, a baby or yourself
  9. Start with the easy stuff
  10. Scribe for your kids without changing anything or use Dragon.  Then ask the child to read their own words back – can be amazing
  11. Suggest reading comics that have speech bubbles in capital letters
  12. Write in capital letters
  13. DK or Barrington stoke books may help
  14. Copy down writing without looking at the paper
  15. Find just one word several times in a book, like squirrel and as they are searching see what happens.
  16. Write on the wall so you don’t look down.
  17. Make the student feel safe
  18. When someone is reading a story (parent or teacher), make up pictures or movies in your head so you can remember
  19. Apologise to the student, it is not your fault – you aren’t being taught in a way that works for you.  There is nothing wrong with you, the educational system is out of date for highly creative, imaginative students.

5.      Climb the Wall, you need hand-holds to make progress, which takes effort

Look at www.empoweringlearning.co.uk, we have a network of trained practitioners who have extensive experience in visual learning and in particular using images of words, to improve literacy and images of numbers to improve numeracy.  Join one of my Dyslexia workshops. You can register at www.visualkids.co.uk. Here is a summary of the steps:

  1. Give the student a brief summary of the neuroscience, brain plasticity, breathing, sleeping and grounding – why the topics above (1-19) work.
  2. Learn to visualise words. Practice with small nouns (start with the easiest, success increases dopamine/motivation and slowly get longer)
  3. Move to longer nouns
  4. Explain how to do non-nouns
  5. Check out other primitive reflexes that maybe retained and sensory differentiation to reduce sensory overload.
  6. Move away from looking at behavior to being curious about what is driving the behavior.
  7. Learn touch typing
  8. Read out loud to others
  9. Decode new words with phonics
  10. Reduce sibling rivalry
  11. When at your desk look up when writing
  12. Parents or an Empowering Learning coach can get you started.  Rapid practice of successes is essential for building confidence
  13. Visualise number triangles to help with times tables
  14. Use techniques such as EFT (tapping) or Energetic NLP, to release sticky emotions. Feel the feeling and learn how to release it.  Squashing it down, it will just explode later.

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
You can check out some new resources on my learning platform www.visualkids.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

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Have you heard of Twinkl?

I was delighted to be interviewed by Dylan Morgan, Content Executive at Twinkl recently for his article Living with Dyslexia from those who know best. Several people contributed their lived experiences, that makes for an interesting read here. Enjoy.

Twinkl is a British educational publishing house, producing teaching and educational materials. They have a vast range of resources, many of which are free. For more information go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/

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
You can check out some new resources on my learning platform www.visualkids.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

#empoweringlearning #olivehickmott #dyslexia #neurodiversity @twinklResources

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Research shows the need to picture words.

Can you picture words? When you spell the word GIRAFFE, how many Rs and how many Fs. If this is simple for you, you are most likely to be good at literacy. Every Dyslexic I have ever met, and there have been 1000s, is not reliably visualising words. We know that those who are good at literacy can picture words, quite often outside of their conscious awareness, until you give them complicated words to spell, then it is more conscious.

Here is the research that supports this:

In the 1980s, Robert Dilts used NLP’s elicitation techniques to model proficient spellers and published the NLP Spelling Strategy.  Tom Malloy researched the strategy[i] at the University of Utah and F. Loiselle at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1985.  Both research projects showed a significant change in people’s ability to spell accurately after learning the NLP Spelling Strategy.  These studies support the NLP Spelling Strategy specifically and the NLP notion of Eye Accessing Cues and Sensory Representation System strategies in general. They are reported in Dilts, R. and Epstein, T., Dynamic Learning, Meta, Capitola, California,1995,[ii] and elsewhere in many NLP books.

In the early 2000s, neuroscience detected the areas of the brain involved with reading.     Two neuroscientists,  Stanislav Dehaene identified the Word Form Area (WFA), which he called the Barin’s Letter Box  [iii]  and Sally Shaywitz, published[iv] a perfect description, of how the Word Form Area responds to a skilled reader recognising words rather than analysing them.  She also noted how non-skilled readers overstress their Frontal Cortex without moving on to recognising words.

Then we had the so-called reading wars. Where auditory was pitched against visual reading. Someone had to win, and visual lost because it was poorly taught. But no one noticed the child’s world was changing to be much more visual with the advent of technology, so why ignore this strength? Just showing someone a lot of squiggles that represent a word isn’t the way to ensure that they enter the word correctly into their WFA.  It misses out on the vital role of teaching the skill in a way that works for highly visual people.  Then the government dictated that the schools must teach phonics ONLY; making matters worse, it is not one or the other; it is both.  Phonics is needed to decode new words and mental imagery from the WFA, once you have seen the word 2-3 times. In addition, the WFA is essential for showing you how to spell in English that is littered with homophones and rules, words that break the rules, silent letters, etc.

The Covid-19 pandemic made matters still worse, with children in many schools missing chunks of education and increased anxiety for them and their parents as they realise they are falling behind, and often they struggle to help their children with phonics.

We have 1000s of children worldwide who have failed with the phonics route and have not been taught in a way that matches their strengths.  That doesn’t mean only doing the things you are good at; it means using those strengths to help you with any challenges.  Children who have failed the current system are traumatised before they are 10 years old, and this can continue all their lives.

NASA conducted a famous study on the creative genius of humans to measure how creative we remain over the years of getting “educated” [v]. What is the role of “divergent thinking” in preserving and nourishing one of the most essential skills for life: “Creativity”? The test results were shocking: 98% of 5-year-old children fell into the “genius category of imagination”, this number dropped to 12% for 15-year-olds and to 2% for adults[i]. This is shocking because our internal mental imagery, which is vital to populating the WFA, is being lost along with creativity as we progress through school. And “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” Many adults’ lack of mental imagery skills may account for why adults find it hard to grasp the concept that mental imagery is a vital part of teaching literacy. Those good at literacy are visualising words out of their conscious awareness and those not good a literacy think this is impossible.

It is a simple skill to learn; young children learn the quickest, in minutes, often saying, “oh, I can do that; I didn’t realise I needed to!” The reason is they just start adding words into their images. Older children or adults take a little longer.

Word recognition is fundamental for fluent reading in English.  You need words in your WFA to recognise them after you have seen them a couple of times. The bonus is you can then access them for spelling.  To spell in English with a deep autographic depth and is littered with homophones and silent letters, you need to visualise words from your WFA.

When you are born, you have no words in your WFA, and the challenge is how best to populate and use images of words. Good phonics teaching can populate the WFA by accident for some but not everyone.  Empowering Learning is unique in discovering how to populate your WFA directly in minutes, with the benefit of NLP, neuroscience and its founder Olive Hickmott. She would have been identified as Dyslexic and ADHD if born later. The missing element was whether there was another quick way to learn how to reliably populate the WFA with less repetition to enable faster progress. 

Others have developed programmes such as look, cover, write, but without knowledge of neuroscience, which explains why it is only sometimes successful and needs many repetitions, challenges remain. People with Dyslexia are usually creative with great mental imagery, and Empowering Learning just builds on these strengths. That is why children enjoy learning these simple processes to help them with literacy.  Mental imagery is a vital part of learning for nearly every subject but is never taught correctly unless you become an elite athlete. You may need to include topics such as grounding and nasal breathing to enable students to gain control over their mental images.

If you wish, you can learn in just 30 minutes the simple principles of teaching students to use their WFA, in parallel with decoding new words with phonics.  Topics will briefly cover:

  • Making friends with your mental images
  • Keeping them under control
  • Adding new words for spelling and reading.

These techniques are fast, fun and effective, putting the joy back into reading and writing.  You can teach any age person, from say 4-80 years old. The process is the same for spelling and reading. Empowering Learning practitioners typically coach the skills in 3 sessions, with time to practice between each session.  There is an online course to learn the skills to be a practitioner.

People already agree that these students are learning differently, but Empowering Learning is the only route that explains how differently. They will be using their Occipital Lobe to support their highly visual skills but not to visualise words because they have never been taught. Note I am not blaming teachers because although every school signs up for multisensory teaching and learning, teachers are not taught how a child learns visually.


[i] Malloy, Thomas E. Principles of teaching Cognitive Strategies, Dept of Psychology, University of Utah, 2007

[ii] The NLP University Press, www.nlpuniversitypress.com, Spelling Strategy P1285-1290, Research P1109

[iii] Published in Reading in the Brain in 2009

[iv] Overcoming Dyslexia pages 78-83

[v] https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/19940029213/downloads/19940029213.pdf


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

#empoweringlearning #olivehickmott #dyslexia #neurodiversity

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New Perspectives on ADHD

ADHD isn’t just about behaviors. Once you understand what is driving the behaviors, you will be able to create a calmer life for you and the whole family.

During May there are 3 opportunities when you can join Olive Hickmott, to learn about different strategies for helping our creative, imaginative ADHD students excel. 

I am sure you know all the symptoms of ADHD. You, your children and students are all expert in these.

I would like to introduce you to some of the causes lurking behind the behaviors. You will be amazed how they give you different perspectives.

I am on a mission to celebrate the gifts of neurodiversity, whilst reducing the negatives, through a better understanding of mental imagery.  You have probably never heard ADHD mentioned in the same sentence as mental imagery, breathing, sleeping and grounding.  These are some of the missing keys.

ADHD seems to be on the increase. Knowledge creates understanding and offers you simple ideas to turn around situations.

For example:

  • Poor breathing reduces oxygenation in your brain that in turn causes it to go even faster!
  • Being grounded can slow down your own mental images; a relief for a busy brain
  • stress from various topics like poor literacy, “Covid disruption”, friendships can create ADHD like symptoms.

Using your existing visual skills, you can conquer confusion with just a few simple “how-to’s”.  You have amazing visual strengths, and maybe time you learned how to use them more effectively. Choose one of these 3 live sessions when I will teach anyone these skills.  As a bonus, confidence and calmness will improve too. 

To help parents whose bright creative children maybe struggling, this is offered for free. These children are the great minds of the future.

So click here to book your place now on one of the next 3 sessions Tuesday May 3rd (7pm), Monday 9th (7pm) or Monday 16th (7pm). Or this will take you straight to zoom.

Can you imagine how much happier your creative, imaginative child would be they realise they can be happy and healthy without all their confusion? In just 1 hour you will know the answer for yourself.

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 #olivehickmott #ADHD #confusion #newperspective #neurodiversity

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Are you Highly Sensitive?

My mind was blown last year when I discovered decades of research into Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) by Dr Elaine Aron.

Working with neurodivergent students for 22 years, I have supported many who are highly sensitive, experiencing symptoms such as sensory overload and exhaustion. However, when I came across Dr Elaine Aron’s research, I was intrigued to discover that high sensitivity is also considered to be a personality trait – found in around 15-20% of the population.

Highly sensitive people tend to experience sensory input and feelings more intensely than the average person. For example, they may have a more heightened sense of smell, be more easily alarmed or distracted by noises or become very distressed by the news or violent films. They can often feel overwhelmed by sensory input and they may also pick up on other people’s energy, which can lead to feelings of anxiety, exhaustion or simply not feeling themselves.

High sensitivity is not a ‘disorder’; it is not something that needs to be ‘fixed’; nor is it something to be lamented. Indeed, highly sensitive people may have a mixture of exceptional skills, such as kindness, intuition and compassion, but at the same time, being highly sensitive can bring its challenges. Many of the parents I’ve worked with have mentioned their struggles in supporting their highly sensitive children – and when parents are highly sensitive too this can become almost unbearable for everyone.

If you want to learn more about your own sensitivity, do consider taking a quiz, for example at https://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/. Dr Aron has written several books on HSPs and filmed a collection of YouTube videos. There is even a child’s test here: https://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-child-test/ 

These are in no way diagnoses but, in my mind, raises questions to be curious about and which often fit in with my approach to neurodiversity. The overlap between high sensitivity and neurodiversity is something that interests me (I have both). In my opinion they are certainly not the same thing but I am concerned about the number of neurodiverse students who appear to have been highly sensitive from birth, and how this, if unrecognized, has affected their whole development. I also wonder if some HSP students are misdiagnosed with neurodiversity?

Sian Goodspeed (bemoregiraffe.com) and I have been exploring these concepts and are preparing a presentation for the NLP international conference in May, that includes the vital concepts of EnergeticNLP. If you could spare some time to complete the quiz and give us some feedback, we would value your responses to the following questions:

  • How do you/your children score on the hsperson quiz?
  • Do you or your child consider yourselves to be neurodivergent?
  • What characteristics of this trait do you or your child have?
  • What challenges does high sensitivity bring for you or your child?
  • What benefits does it bring?
  • Are there any skills you’d like to learn that could support you or your child’s high sensitivity?

Please leave your comments in the blog.

These are all topics we plan to explore with our students and I would love to hear from ex-students or new pupils who would like a different perspective. My curiosity has enabled me to develop unique ways of looking at neurodiversity that has enabled students to focus on their strengths and how they can be better understood to mitigate challenges. I look forward to this further exploration.

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 new learning channel can be found at www.visualkids.co.uk
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 #bemoregiraffe #highlysensitivepeople #NLPInternationalconference #neurodivergent #energeticNLP

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Learn how you can explore your own experiences of mental imagery

What are your experiences of mental images? They can be:

  • In vivid color, black and white, or just cartoons.
  • You may just know what something looks like without a static image.
  • You may think you have no images at all, or you may have lost them.
  • Your experience may be quite different from someone else.
  • Some lucky people have a photographic memory, often in full colour!
  • You may be great at recalling past events.
  • What do you think your imagination is like?

Why does this matter? Because mental imagery has a vital part to play in learning, problem solving, thinking, creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, education and so much more.

What will you learn in this live class?

  • You will learn in just 60 minutes so much about mental imagery, most of which you would love to have known when you were younger. 
  • Find out the value of mental images, what we use them for, how we can improve them and control them consciously.
  • You will also discover the importance of mental imagery for all learning, in particular for Neurodivergent students.

To help parents whose bright creative children maybe struggling, this is offered for free.

To register book your place here on my Learndesk platform or with this direct zoom link. Please make sure you add your country when registering for the first time, so that you get the correct timezone. When you receive a confirmation email and reminder this will contain the zoom link to use.

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 new learning channel can be found at www.visualkids.co.uk
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 

#mentalimages #mentalimagery #empoweringlearning #ADHD #olivehickmott

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Calming the ADHD family – virtual Event

Keeping calm is such an important aspect of ADHD and it can be so difficult. This event has been running for the last week and all those I have been able to listen to have come up with some really worthwhile gems. You can also get the replays on 2-3rd April or VIP access to the recordings for I believe the next year. Highly recommended.

Here is a copy of the details:

 


It’s easy to feel hopeless and isolated when raising your child with ADHD?
I promise you, you are not alone.

Now, more than ever, parents of children with ADHD need community, support and tools to help them through another day.


So many parents that come to me for support tell me that they feel like they are drowning in the overwhelm that comes with all things ADHD.

Dealing with emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, and defiance can be exhausting.

If you have been feeling the heaviness of it all lately and are ready to lighten your load, click here to join me for Calming the ADHD Family.

I want to invite you to join me and 35+  expert professionals in Calming the ADHD Family – A Summit on ADHD Brain Hacks for a Calm, Confident, Connected family.

Click here to start calming the chaos in your family!

Calming the ADHD Family airs from March 21-28, 2022 with new speaker interviews released each day. Experts will cover a range of issues and challenges, and share resources, tools, and strategies for parents and families.

Claim your seat here to get full access.

Cheers!

Dr. LThe Parent Whisperer

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 new learning channel can be found at www.visualkids.co.uk
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 

#ADHD #calm #calmingtheADHDfamily #empoweringlearning

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A New Paradigm of Education

I happened upon this really interesting book, where Monique Sayers bringing together the views of many experts in the field of education.

There are 3 key questions, and the book covers so much more:

  • What does a new way of education look like?
  • What’s not working in education any more?
  • How can we all make changes to education to help our children and students?

As someone who have been promoting change for neurodivergent students for the last 22 years, it certainly expanded my mind and I have started to develop my answers to the key wisdom questions.

I should be very interested in your views.

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 new learning channel can be found at www.visualkids.co.uk
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 #theelephantsintheclassroom

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Great video from Patrick’s 20 year anniversary last week.

IT’S TONIGHT! We are celebrating 20 years of Buteyko Clinic International and Patrick himself wants to celebrate it with you on this special live!


The Buteyko Clinic results from Patrick McKeown’s commitment to share this work with as many people as possible. Since first experiencing the power of the Buteyko breathing technique – which he often says has changed his life for the better in unimaginable ways – he works tirelessly to introduce the practice to adults and children with chronic health conditions. 

Buteyko Clinic has been around since 2002 when only a few people were working with the breath and breathing exercises like elite athletes, committed yogis, and other high-level professionals. Since then awareness of breathing has changed and become more mainstream and accessible.
 To learn more about Patrick’s journey and the Buteyko Method

Watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctqQZlryekU
My name is Olive Hickmott; I would be pleased to support you in any way I can. Patrick’s insights have made a major contribution to my work.
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 #olivehickmott #patrickmckeown #breathing #buteyko
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Ready to try a new strategy for Dyslexia

Let’s face it. Struggling to read and spell is a nightmare.  You feel stupid in school and hate the thought of homework and spelling tests that make you feel sick.

But, thanks to neuroscience, I discovered how to teach bright, creative, imaginative children and adults how to improve literacy in minutes, not months.  Using your existing visual skills, you can conquer Dyslexia with just a few simple “how-to’s”.  You have amazing visual strengths, and it is time you learned how to use them for the English Language. Choose one of these 3 live sessions when I will teach anyone how to visualise words and improve their literacy in minutes, not months.  As a bonus, confidence and mental maths will improve too. 

Can you imagine what it would be like to read fluently and find spelling easy?  Just think of that and how it could reduce your anxiety levels. If you are tired of spending hours sounding out words and it just doesn’t work for you or your child, come along and see how easy it is to learn using your natural skills to create pictures in your imagination. Mastering these simple skills will accelerate every aspect of literacy.

Thousands of children are confused with the phonics only approach to literacy. Learning how to picture words is so easy when you know how. I believe that everyone can learn the elements of improving literacy and Dyslexia in just 60 minutes. It works for children and adults alike.

To help parents whose bright creative children maybe struggling, this is offered for free.

Book your place here, on my learning platform, Learndesk, and register when you receive a confirmation email. This will provide you reminders before the call.

Can you imagine how much happier your child would be if they could spell and read fluently? In just 1 hour you will know the answer for yourself.

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
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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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