In May I was asked to speak at the 1st 48XXYY Conference in the UK, organised by the amazing #JocelynEldridge; an amazing 3 days, full of useful information.
I worked with some of the boys in mini-workshops, teaching them how to improve literacy through mental imagery. They were surprised just how easy it was for them to pick up these new skills of visualising words. For me it was not a suprise this is what always happens with people who have good visual memories, like so many labelled with learning difficulties and especially those people on the Autistic Spectrum. In just an hour, they learned:
- to breath and reduce their anxiety
- to take the first steps to being grounded and fully into their bodies
- were able to discuss the qualities of their mental images
- to write a few chinese words, to minimise the stress of struggling with english
- to remember a few words as pictures.
Once you practice these new skills it becomes easier and easier to crete pictures of words to improve spelling, reading and handwriting.
If you want to know more, go to http://www.thehickmottpartnership.co.uk/empoweringlearning/works/visuallearning.htm
and sign-up for the 3 short free videos created for Dyslexia Awareness week.