Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia Awareness week 7th-11th October.

Do your bright creative neurodivergent children struggle with literacy? Find out how literacy can be made much easier even for dyslexics. On Wed 9th Oct, 9:00am or 7:30pm. Come along and join our free webinar: Easy ways to teach dyslexic students literacy,

Do pass this on to your friends, literacy is one of the topics that is easy to solve for neurodivergent students once you understand their visual experience. Neurodivergent students have enough challenges they don’t need to struggle with literacy too.

They are very often highly visual learners and for them, auditory phonic learning does not suit their skill set, in English. Start teaching them visually and the difference will be exceptional.

To do a bit of pre-reading take a look at my recent book,  The Elephants in the Classroom. When I published The Elephants in the Classroom, there was always going to be room for more elephants to pop up.  It seems that mouth breathing so stresses your body, it is behind much of the anxiety and need for grounding mentioned in  “The Elephants in the Classroom: uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning“. To find out more, order your own copy here, or more than 10 copies here or on  Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

#dyslexiaaeareness #DAW #literacy

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How a child simply improved literacy

CreativitysmallThis is just part of the advocacy report for a child recently, in just one coaching session.

XXX is an exceptional visualiser with a very creative brain.

It is always a special day when I have the privilege to work with someone as visually talented as Xxx, with excellent mental images available to him. It is clear that Xxx is a visual thinker and that is the primary way he learns, by creating his own pictures (visual learning), not necessarily using any he is shown (visual teaching).  Students like Xxx have extraordinary mental images available to them and are big-picture thinkers – they need to see where the information they are learning fits into the big picture.  In his case, these skills have translated into artistic skills he can share with others, which is lovely.  On YYY, I helped him to recognise his own visual skills and to hone them to be in the best location for him.  One of the first things I noticed was that when he thinks in pictures he gets a lot of information and it is generally moving, that is very distracting and stopped him staying grounded.

As far as Xxx’s literacy skills are concerned, he hadn’t realised that he could use his visual skills for spelling and reading as well as imagery.  Xxx very quickly picked up the skills to visualise words first with nouns and then with non-nouns.  In the early days, he may need reminding to look up slightly to the left and “see” words and stay grounded so the letters don’t move around. If he gets stressed and letters move on the page he simply needs to breathe, reground and he knows how to do this with his feet on the ground. Like many students he has an advanced visual skill to move pictures/objects around in his minds’ eye; moving letters around, out of conscious awareness,  to try and make them fit simply doesn’t work. I have also taught him how to picture homophones by using a little sketch, to recall which is which.

His reading is good and will improve as he learns how to recognise more words.  Initially keeping the book/work propped up will help him read more fluently and reduce anxiety.  His mum will be practising with him building up his vocabulary of longer and longer nouns to start with and then non-nouns, not rushing ahead to too longer words too soon that will only increase his anxiety as he develops this new skill.   He is also learning to copy down from the board without looking at the paper to increase his speed and reliably to collect all the information.  He will quickly develop the skills to keep the lines straight and make it really neat.

His concentration is largely effected by getting too much information to answer a question, say “which is your favourite car?”  He has hundreds of pictures of cars coming into his visual field and then being discarded.  He managed to move them onto a wall planner but they were still an endless stream.  It is really important that he stays grounded to develop control of his mental images, rather than them controlling him.  Uncontrolled mental images in school cause all sorts of problems like taking a lot of time to answer a question (busy searching through possibilities), distraction and swaying around on your chair (staying ungrounded as you are overwhelmed by information). This has all been discovered by enquiring as to what is behind various behaviours.  Grounding and organising mental images to make sure they slow down and are not too near his face is helping here and needs more practice.

Once he has mastered literacy we will move onto learning to use mental imagery for other topics such as maths, getting his ideas onto paper, remembering what he has read, foreign languages, comprehension, sequencing, etc.

 

When I published The Elephants in the Classroom, there was always going to be room for more elephants to pop up.  It seems that mouth breathing so stresses your body, it is behind much of the anxiety and is needed for grounding the skills mentioned in  “The Elephants in the Classroom: uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning“. To find out more, order your own copy here, or more than 10 copies here or on  Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

#visualteaching #visuallearning #theelephantsintheclassrooom #neurodiversity #nosebreathing #breathing #mentalimages #nouns #nonnouns

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ADHD Awareness: Where can I start?

freddy smallHere are some skills for teachers and parents of ADHD students. Let us help you to help them.

October is ADHD Awareness month; we are running 3 FREE webinars to help parents, teachers, doctors and educational professionals:

ADHD Awareness, where to start? Exploring ADHD from the student’s, parents and teachers points of view. What is behind the behaviors, what does a head full of mental imagery and sensory overload feel like? The overlap between mental health and learning differences. What can we all learn from our children 15th October 8pm

The skills and nightmares of ADHD for children and adults. How can something be a skill as an adult and a nightmare as a child? Can you spot your child’s exceptional skills developing? 23rd October 8pm

ADHD Awareness and good breathing. What is good breathing, why do you need it, what is poor breathing and what does it do to your body and cognitive skills? I am shocked that parents of children with ADHD have never been told about how important nose/diaphragmatic breathing is. This is changing my life.Tues 29th October 8pm

Do join us, get some questions answered and learn some new skills.

To do a bit of pre-reading take a look at my recent book,  The Elephants in the Classroom. When I published The Elephants in the Classroom, there was always going to be room for more elephants to pop up.  It seems that mouth breathing so stresses your body, it is behind much of the anxiety and need for grounding mentioned in  “The Elephants in the Classroom: uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning” “Neurodiversity through the lens of mental imagery”. To find out more, order your own copy here, listen to the introductory mini-videos here or more than 10 copies here or on  Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

#adhd #adhdawareness #neurodiversity #goodbreathing #diaphragmaticbraething #ADHDskills #mentalimagery #theelephantsintheclassroom #neurodivergent

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Easy literacy for dyslexics

Dyslexia Awareness week 7th-11th October.

Do your bright creative neurodivergent children struggle with literacy? Find out how literacy can be made much easier even for dyslexics. On Wed 9th Oct, 9:00am or 7:30pm. Come along and join our free webinar: Easy ways to teach dyslexic students literacy.

Do pass this on to your friends, literacy is one of the topics that is easy to solve for neurodivergent students once you understand their visual experience. Neurodivergent students have enough challenges they don’t need to struggle with literacy too.

They are very often highly visual learners and for them, auditory phonic learning does not suit their skill set, in English. Start teaching them visually and the difference will be exceptional.

To do a bit of pre-reading take a look at my recent book,  The Elephants in the Classroom. When I published The Elephants in the Classroom, there was always going to be room for more elephants to pop up.  It seems that mouth breathing so stresses your body, it is behind much of the anxiety and need for grounding mentioned in  “The Elephants in the Classroom: uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning“. To find out more, order your own copy here, or more than 10 copies here or on  Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

#dyslexiaaeareness #DAW #literacy

 

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First Free 100 books supplied to Primary Schools

Elephants in the Classroom mockup 6I have made 3 mini videos to introduce my latest book, “The Elephants in the Classroom.” This opens a completely new approach to teaching neurodivergent students.

If you click on this page you can see the videos, a brief description of the book and some testimonials.

If you have any questions about the book or how every student’s natural power of mental imagery can enhance learning, do join one of my free online drop-in sessions.

I ran a fundraiser recently to supply copies free of charge to primary schools.  The first 100 books have now gone out and we hope to get support to supply more. If you would like to contribute see the left-hand column on www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

#theelephantsintheclassroom #minivideos #freecopies #learning #mentalimagery #neurodiversity #neurdivergent

 

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Separation anxiety – online training Webinar

 

        I think you might be interested in this on-line training from NLP4kids. Anxiety is so often co-morbid with the work Empowering Learning does with neurodivergent students on learning differences, I highly recommend this session.

 

Do you know a child who struggles with separation anxiety? Maybe that child is yours or maybe it is a child you work with. Either way, I’m sure you can appreciate how difficult and disruptive it can be to manage this problem, no matter what the age of the child is.

It might strike you as a problem that mainly affects younger children, but I have met many teenagers in my therapy practice who find being away from their parents (or their parents being away from them) so tough, it prevents aspects of their social development from occurring.

Sometimes, this anxiety can pass over time or as a child gets used to the circumstances. But this is not always the case and helping parents to navigate their way through the guilt they may feel is paramount to resolving the situation sooner than later. Teachers and professionals can also be part of the solution as they are often involved in reassuring parents and young people. 

Separation anxiety can occur for many different reasons:

  • School transition
  • Returning to a childminder
  • Visiting a parent who has left the family home
  • The back-to-school routine after the summer holiday
  • Going to parties, play dates and sleepovers with friends.
That’s why I’ve put together this webinar, at this pivotal point in the academic year, to help you all move quickly forward towards feelings of comfort, certainty and let’s face it, a sense of being in control.
THIS LIVE WEBINAR TAKES PLACE FROM 7:30 PM – 9:00PM ON THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2019
 

During this live webinar, I’ll be sharing with you strategies that have worked for parents and professionals by referring to real life case studies and successes. There will be advice for parents and professionals to employ in a variety of settings  – plus, you’ll have the opportunity to have your individual questions answered if I have not addressed your specific situation.

The webinar will be broadcast live and will also be recorded and distributed to those who sign up, but cannot make it on that day/time. You can also purchase the recording after the webinar has taken place.

I ordinarily charge £250 per 90 minute session so this is a fantastic opportunity to ‘pick my brains'(!) and receive some top-notch advice for a tenner!

What you’ll receive:

  • Access to the live webinar
  • A copy of the webinar recording (sent the following day)
  • A copy of the powerpoint slides used on the webinar (sent the following day)
  • A certificate of attendance (sent the following day)

Click here to learn more oclick here to book this online training

#anxiety #nlp4kids #learningdifferences #neurodivergent #empoweringlearning

 

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Free on-line training with Buteyko

Just to let you know that the Buteyko Clinic is currently offering their on-line training for children and teenagers for free due to a generous donation.  See link below:
I discovered Patrick Mckown’s book The Oxygen Advantage a couple of months ago and was fascinated to learn the importance of how you breathe not only for myself but also for those children I meet who are hyperactive, may have an ADHD diagnosis and the thousands with blocked noses and asthma.
I ran 2 teleseminars to explain the essentials to my community and I have been shocked to discover that almost no parents of ADHD children have any idea that mouth breathing, rather than nose that goes down into your belly, and has a significant connection with hyperactivity and a lot more symptoms. I have found more and more research, watched Patrick’s YouTubes and read some of his material.
The Buteyko Clinic is now offering this on-line programme for free for children and teenagers and of course their parents. I really recommend you and your child listen to the 7 short videos and download the material. I so wish I had known about this material when I was a child. When in school or using mindfulness techniques don’t forget to use nose breathing, rather than mouth breathing to create a calm environment.  
If you have read my book The Elephants in the Classroom, I talk much about skills to become grounded, correct breathing is a prerequisite to becoming calm and grounded.
#buteyko #elephantsintheclassroom #oxygen #ADHD #mckown #breathing #mindfulness
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