There are 3 things you can do with Dyslexia

 

You can give up on your child, notice they have a disability and maybe that it is shared with other family members and expect them to fail – nobody wants to see their child fail.

You can keep repeating the same old things time and again – they will be bored, you will be bored and as a child said to me recently “I have to read the same sentence about 10 times until I stand a chance of understanding it, a new word takes about 2 weeks to remember”. Its like pushing a large bolder up a hill and sometimes it even roles back again. Often parents spend much time battling the school for additional help but even if this is forthcoming, they may not get the results they want – a happy child who is eager to learn, enjoying literacy and numeracy. no-problem-studying-dec15_colour

You can empower yourself and learn a different way to teach your children. You will probably have noticed that they have some great strengths for imagination, creativity, construction (like building lego), games such as mindcraft, long term memory, etc. These are all done through their strengths of having good mental images, that are those picture you hold in your brain and find it easy to recall.  Once you start acknowledging these strengths and start building on them,  literacy and numeracy becomes easier and more enjoyable.

So which one would you prefer to spend your energy doing?  Parents on our current Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy programme, that is delivered on-line, across the world, are reporting comments like “my son suddenly started reading road signs and menus!”, “her anxiety has just faded away and she isn’t trying every diversionary tactic before starting homework, she just goes and gets her books and sits down ready to start”, and one little 6 year old said “this is so easy isn’t it cheating?”

Empowering yourself to truly understand why your very talented child is finding so many challenges, how you can help them quickly and what schools need to know about visual students, puts you in a much more powerful place. Learning the skills yourself, is about the same price as a weeks tuition for your child, but has lasting effects for the whole family, with no need for weekly tuition bills.

Our next programme starts on November 14th.  In just 7 x 1.5 hour sessions you can learn all the skills you need to help your child build on their strengths not just for spelling or reading but for a whole host of academic skills – handwriting, concentration, comprehension, summarising, maths, times tables etc.

For more details look at http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk or call Olive Hickmott, Founder of Empowering Learning on +44-(0)7970-854388 or olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk

Or Sara Haboubi, Joint developer of the programme and as seen recently on TV3 in Ireland,
+353 (0) 860-775452 sara@empoweringlearning.ie.

Watch a short video from Sara at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8X2XxYTx9s&t=99s

 

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DAA6: Finding your dyslexic strengths

One of the Empowering Learning Practitioners heard a child say “I know that as I am dyslexic, I understand there are lots of things that I won’t be able to do”.  I wonder who gave them this belief and how they would have grown up differently if they had spent a few minutes exploring their strengths.

There is a common misconception in the world that having Dyslexia is a bad thing.  Whilst the symptoms of Dyslexia present some challenges, the rest is sheer genius and the concept of neurodiversity now allows for strengths to be celebrated.  The following is a list of exceptional characteristics that  I consistently see in myself, my clients, friends and colleagues with Dyslexia:strengths

  1. Ability to see things from different perspectives, at the same time. Dyslexics can not only imagine what physical objects look like from different perspectives, including cross sections, they can see, without any difficulty, the other side of an argument, business opportunities others don’t see, the list is endless.
  2. Ability to see 2D objects in 3D. For example when looking at an Ordnance Survey map, which is flat, they notice the contour lines and can create within seconds a 3D pictures of the mountains and hills, in their mind’s eye.
  3. High speed ability to make connections between different facts. This leads to amazing insights but can lose the audience.
  4. Picture thinking and a mind’s eye that can run anything as a very fast video. This is invaluable for fast recall and in particular working in the media.
  5. Exception interpersonal skills. Their creative verbal communications often makes up for their lack of written communications.
  6. Look back in history to all the famous people who were Dyslexic, they were all very creative. Today we have Jamie Oliver and Richard Branson for example.
  7. High intelligence. Every Dyslexic I meet has well above average intelligence.
  8. I created a word “Perspectious” once to mean genius level ability to see different perspectives simultaneously, I think this sums up their attributes.

Recently we have had the privilege of working with some successful adult dyslexics. When exploring how they do what they do, their metacognition, we have been bowled over by how they create their exceptional skills in sports,  architecture, design, all aspects of art, culinary arts, entrepreneurs, marketing and all aspects of out of the box thinking.

Olive Hickmott is the Founder of Empowering Learning, author of the bestsellers, Seeing Spells Achieving and Bridges to Success – how to transform Learning Difficulties.  Olive and those she has trained work with people in a coaching framework to help them understand their own experiences, springboard off their strengths and learn new skills to change these if they want.  Their outstanding skills are just enhanced, never diminished.

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DAA5: A quick start to “jumpstart” literacy – now on the TV Friday.

Do you have a child with learning difficulties, are you a teacher with struggling students in your class, or do you have difficulties yourself?  Learn how people in Australia recently learned from Sara Haboubi about using a mental imagery strategy to accelerate literacy and numeracy development. Sara lives in Ireland and travelled to Australia to talk at the Learning Differences Conference in August.

10.don't-slump_small To learn more in just a few minutes, then this is for you.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8X2XxYTx9s&t=22s

And then Sara starts answering some questions here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BUmGq0G5Dw&t=7s

And a few more questions answered here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQsth18wLUQ

And to spread the word, tomorrow, Thursday 6th October Sara is featured on Irish Radio, you can listen at 11:30am on http://2fm.rte.ie/ , on the Nicky Byrne show.  On Friday 7th October she is on Irish TV 3, the morning show Ireland am.

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DAA4: When Phonics isn’t enough – how to help the struggling 20%

togetherThis teleseminar recording will give you details of when phonics is not enough. There are 4 elements to literacy – the sound of the word, the meaning, the picture/image and being in an effective learning state.  Literacy is generally taught through the sound of the word or phonemes plus the meaning.  Seeing the word on the page does not automatically create a mental image of the word; in fact from our experience only about 50% of people progress from the sound of the word to holding the mental image of the word in their mind’s eye. In addition if you are not in an effective learning state (calm body and alert mind) you are not going to find it easy to remember any new word.For effective literacy you need all these 4 elements together.

Phonics is good for those who think in small pieces and build up a bigger picture. But for those big picture thinkers who are creative, imaginative and can for example put lego or flat-pack furniture together without the instructions they need to start with the big picture which is a whole word for literacy.

Join Olive Hickmott and Sara Haboubi discussing these topics and learn how you can help the struggling 20% right now.

To listen to the recording just click here and register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4795502746148166916

This is our 4th blog for Dyslexia and ADHD Awareness month, we are delighted to offer you this teleseminar.  FOLLOW this blog for regular  updates during the month and register at www.empoweringlearning.co.uk for our newsletters, to make sure you don’t miss anything.

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DAA3: Does maths make you feel sick.

Sometimes numeracy is a much bigger challenge than literacy.  Indeed you may find literacy easy and numeracy very difficult/impossible or may have been diagnosed with Dyscalculia.

People who are good at numeracy and mental maths can easily picture numbers in their mind’s eye and for example times tables suddenly become a lot easier.  This is a simple skill to learn when you adopt the right strategy that builds on your strengths and talents.  Mental images can be used for literacy, numeracy and pictures, plus lots more applications.  It is common that people have developed theirs for just pictures, pictures and letters, pictures and numbers and if you are really lucky pictures, letters, numbers and so much more.  As a secondary school teacher said recently “if students have not got the basics of maths by 11, then their maths education in secondary school is just wasted”.  Whatever maths system you use, mental imagery fulfills hidden skills.

Empowering Learning’s Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy  programme teaches students how to develop these skills quickly and easily, they are much too important for maths to leave it to chance. Good mental imagery will help with formation of numbers, counting, number bonds, addition, times tables, remembering formulae and many many mental calculations.

One great tip, if you are muddling up x and +, use grounding to stabilise the sign on the page or as a mental image, to stop it moving about and confusing you.

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DAA2: Metacognition and “undoing” Dyslexia

To understand Dyslexia you need to understand how those with poor literacy are processing words and compare that with how those who find literacy easy.

Luckily there is much neuroscience research that answers both of these questions. To spot the difference in everyday life, Dyslexics are often recognised as creative, imaginative and “big picture” thinkers.  At Empowering Learning we celebrate these strengths and use their strengths to “undo” the literacy challenges of Dyslexia, whilst keeping the best bits.

Olive Hickmott and Sara Haboubi are both well-known international experts on the use of mental imagery for academic skills, especially literacy and numeracy.  Metacognition is the understanding of how we learn and the steps we need to take to become proficient at using mental images to accelerate all aspects of learning.

Do listen to the recording of a short FREE teleseminar to start your journey into this unseen world of metacognition and Dyslexia

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Register here to get free access:
To “Metacognition and un-doing Dyslexia ” 

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After registering, you will be sent the information to listen to the recording.

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Dyslexia/ADHD Awareness DAA1

Especially for Dyslexia and ADHD Awareness Month 2016, Empowering Learning is offering you new perspectives, new insights and many learning points, in daily blogs.  You will be offered videos, youtube links and invaluable information, all for free.  Untitled

Bring with you your curiosity, we will be including topics such as:

  • Neurodiversity
  • Metacognition – exploring how we do what we do
  • Building on strengths of creativity, imagination, sport, 
  • How to approach spelling, reading, comprehension, handwriting, maths, times tables, concentration, foreign languages
  • Success stories and initiatives from practitioners worldwide
  • Applications for focused mental imagery, careers and successful adults
  • Co-morbidity and how mental imagery is behind many learning difficulties
  • Strategies for primary, secondary and college students
  • Neuroscience of literacy
  • Fixed and growth mindsets
  • Insights into how we learn and what happens when learning goes wrong.

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