Breathing is good for you

mouth breathingBut do you know the difference between nose breathing and mouth breathing – what is “right” breathing,  and why is it important?

I work with children and adults with learning differences, currently known as neurodivergent thinking and learning styles. I specialise in teaching students how to use their advanced strengths of using mental imagery, to assist their thinking and learning patterns.

To do this successfully for literacy, numeracy, design, art, creativity etc, you need to be able to control your mental images.   If you feel unsafe, are stressed or anxious it is difficult to achieve this control and maximise the use of your own images.   I have been teaching students to calm their breathing and feel grounded for years.  But now I am learning about the other qualities of breathing, especially the importance of nose breathing.  Mouth breathing indicates a level of anxiety that is common in many of these students, whatever their diagnosis.  Of course, they may have some underlying emotion that is panicking them or just have had a heavy cold at some time and developed a habit of mouth breathing.  It is never to late to make these adjustments and learn to benefit from “right” breathing.

I am also following the considerable research about ADHD and “right” breathing, that I suspect is common to many neurodivergent thinkers and learners, referred to as EPIC students in my latest book “The Elephants in the Classroom”.

To learn more about breathing, we have a free recording of the live class here.   Click here.  You will get skills to try out for yourself or your child immediately and discover the sources of more information.

For more information about using your visual strengths, go to, it is an easy skill to learn once you know how or take a look at “The Elephants in the Classroom: uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning“.  To find out more, order your own copy here, or more than 10 copies here or on or

#empoweringlearning #neurodivergent #adhd #breathing #nosebreathing #rightbreathing #literacy #numeracy #mentalimagery



About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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