It is a well known fact that if you believe you can do something or you believe you can’t; either way you are likely to be right – we do like to be right. In the same way if you believe someone else can do something you will encourage them until they actually can. Research has even shown that if you expect a class of children to succeed they will be more successful than if you think they won’t.
When I coach people with learning difficulties or health challenges, I firmly believe that they can achieve anything they want to; it is just a question of helping them, maybe with the addition of some new skills, to achieve what they want. This is the role of a coach, you always hold a positive space for them and recognise all the small steps in the right direction.
When I work with those who are struggling with learning difficulties, I work from their exceptional skills, the things they can do with ease and help them see how they can use these skills to do others things with ease. Believe in the possible and the “how to’s” will follow. Don’t worry if you find you are not a great visualiser, the youngsters you work with are bound to be, almost everyone I have ever met with learning difficulties is great at visualising.