Author Archives: olivehickmott

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.

Breakthrough Literacy – any child can use this simple skill

In minutes you will practice how to visualise words and switch the light bulb on in your brain for fluent reading and spelling. If you are struggling with spelling or reading at home, visualising words is fun and aids concentration, … Continue reading

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Home education for literacy made easy

Word recognition is necessary for fluent reading.  But with an emphasis on phonics ONLY, word recognition is left either left to chance or not being taught well in school.  One of the first words you can be expected to read … Continue reading

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Dispatch those reading gremlins

Reading for fun in 30 mins and 10 seconds is on the Active in Redbourn, facebook page this Thursday at 11am. Symon Vegro, a local author, is talking to Olive Hickmott about *Motivation to read*The simple and natural techniques to … Continue reading

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How is home schooling going?

Due to Covid-19 millions of parents have been attempting home schooling, without any preparation or training. Of course, they have been having a whole range of experiences from very good to deeply distressing for a number of reasons. I have … Continue reading

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Neurodivergent Wednesday: Mental Health made easy

Access the short recording https://youtu.be/-46wEuXs0Uk Have you ever been confused about someone saying this is a mental health condition? How does mental health develop and what tools can you learn to help. All of this and more will be covered … Continue reading

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Catching up with visual learning is fun for all kids

During lock-down I have been creating short videos of the key visual skills to improve literacy and numeracy for visual creative students. There are only 4 vital topics: reducing anxiety, finding strengths, visualising words and numbers. As I know that … Continue reading

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Neurodivergent Wednesday: Weird symptoms of being ungrounded

Listen to the brief recording here Do you or your child have these symptoms? Feeling unsafe, being deaf, not being able to wee/poo, can’t sleep, talking rapidly, wobbly, head banging, frantically running up and down the stairs, highly sensitive, hates … Continue reading

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Neurodivergent Wednesday – Sleep – a Vital Skill for Well-being

Listen to the brief recording Sleeping is so often a challenge and maybe you have tried all the usual things for you and your child. But what do you know about sleep cycles, how to stay asleep all night and … Continue reading

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Neurodivergent Wednesday: #2. Grounding and Learning

Listen to the brief recording here: https://youtu.be/IS3BtyW0RzA Being ungrounded when trying to learn or remember anything, looks roughly like this: loads of windows open, no structure, unable to concentrate, a bit wobbly and mounting confusion. Sound familiar? Whether you are … Continue reading

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Neurodivergent Wednesday – Grounding – what is it, why is it so important and what’s the connection with Learning

Listen to the brief recording: https://youtu.be/TQ7xB8Mgn08 Grounding is something that many people don’t know about and why it is so important for learning and so much more. This session will explain what grounding is, in answer to those people who … Continue reading

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