Being a learning coach, you have a perspective that those you coach can achieve anything they want once they know some essential “how to’s”. This is a bold statement but one that has been proved to work time and time again.
The job of a learning coach is to help adults and children to firstly understand their own experience better, how they do things and why some parts of their experience work better than others. You also focus on the skills, often exceptional skills, people already have and work from there. Note this is not to assess people against a set of national standards that show where they are under or over performing, this is to help people and their families better understand specific aspects of their own experience and how their mind works best.
The next steps is for the learning coach to identify skills and strategies that the person is not using accurately or has not learnt naturally, and to teach them these simple skills. This in turn changes the person’s belief system and identify as they suddenly realise they are not stupid or incapable, they have just not learnt a skill that others learnt naturally and adults take for granted. All these skills are grounded in strategies that people who are successful use; this is what we call modelling or best practice – when you can find out how someone does something well, then you can teach others.
The final step is to sit back and watch the person re-integrate this new skill into their everyday life and often watch in awe when they use the skill for things you have never even thought of.
This is the role of a learning coach and I am proud and privileged to be one. Skills such as literacy, numeracy, comprehension, memory, concentration etc can all be learnt this way. Some people pick them up naturally whilst others, who are invariably very talented struggle with these basic skills. People can learn these skills in minutes with the right teaching, there is no need to accept a lifetime of confusion, when you have not been taught the essential skills.
Once these skills are learnt and practised the symptoms of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia will simply disappear – check it out for yourself, you won’t know what you can do until you try.
At Empowering Learning (www.empoweringlearning.co.uk) you will see workshops for families and those adults who want to learn how to teach others. All in 1-day, you too can help people change their experience and achieve what they want. We run practitioner training in Hertfordshire, London and there is a 4 module on-line programme.
There is an optional second day for skills to improve ADHD, Aspergers, Autism and Tourettes.