Mental Images and Learning Difficulties

11.hold-book-up-when-reading_smallPeople often ask what mental images are and here is a simple explanation.  Mental imagery is normal, just like breathing, and they are quite simply the images we hold in our head.  All these images, presented as either pictures or videos, are held in your occipital lobe, the part of your brain just above the “dent” at the top of your neck where your skull meets your spine.

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We use mental images every minute of every day, often outside of our conscious awareness, but we seldom know how to make the best use of them. For example, how do you find things like your house or your car?  How do you recognize people you know your spouse, parents or children?  How do you find the ingredients for a meal?  How do you plan what to wear and where to find your clothes?  People take mental images for granted yet know next to nothing about them.

We believe it will help every parent and child to understand how mental imagery is used in the learning process, from a child’s earliest days and certainly before they reach school age.

My own practice and the work of other Empowering LearningTM Practitioners has helped me piece together the vital role of mental imagery in the whole learning process.  Each of the learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, Autism all have connections with mental imagery.  Now we know these connections, it is time to enable children before the age of 5 years old to learn these simple skills and avoid a lifetime of confusion.

This is an extract from my new book. Request your copy of 2 FREE chapters here.:  Why Bright Creative Kids are being Left Behind ….and what can you do to change this?  Neurodiversity through the Lens of Mental Imagery

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About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, specialising in showing people how they can create their own health and learning
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