Empowering Learning

Empowering Learning’sTM approach is unique.

Empowering Learning supports those with neurodivergent thinking and learning skills, who may have various diagnoses; looking past any diagnosis to help people use their fabulous creative skills to transform any limiting symptoms. The visual sense is the fastest system we have for learning and is the natural way young children learn – using their visual recall and imagination. See some <5min videos of success stories.

Empowering LearningTM is focused on what people can do rather than what they can’t do.  Empowering LearningTM enables people to get into the best emotional state for learning, reducing fear and anxiety.  Families are engaged whenever possible.  Teachers can elicit how students learn visually, incorporating a full multi-sensory learning experience.  The philosophy is a coaching person-centred approach.

Empowering LearningTM has a worldwide network of experts in how people learn visually and the effects of mental imagery on learning differences and neurodiversity.

In 2022 Empowering Learning developed Scaffolding for Easy Literacy, to enable very young children (3-4 years olds) to use their creative visual strengths to easily develop skills to visualise words before progressing to phonics for word decoding. Video and resources here.

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To learn more about Empowering Learning skills for yourself, we have a variety of routes for you:

Much of the Empowering Learning material is now available digitally from our learning platform www.visualkids.co.uk. (hosted on Learndesk). For the FREE online live sessions you can select a suitable date/time. When you register, you receive a confirmation email, with a zoom link, and reminders before the call. Olive’s lived experiences guarantee that some of this material you have never heard of before from professionals.

  • Are you ready to try out a different strategy for Dyslexia? Join one of my online sessions to explore your own experiences and that of your child/student with literacy. This class includes discussion about scaffolding for easy literacy, with 3-4 year olds.
  • Are you ready to explore your own mental imagery; those pictures you may or may not have in your head? Some people have fabulous pictures, some people don’t believe they think in pictures and some have confusion leading to ADHD symptoms.
  • Are you ready to try out a different strategy for ADHD? Join one of Olive’s free online sessions to explore your own experiences and that of your children/students.
  • Support your highly sensitive child and yourself. So many neurodivergent students and parents are highly sensitive; these simple skills can really benefit everyone.
  • There is a study guide for each topic at www.visualkids.co.uk

When you want to learn more or teach others there are various training programmes:

  • Empowering Learning Practitioners offer one-to-one coaching either in person or online worldwide. Start by contacting Olive Hickmott, the creator of Empowering Learning, for a free 30-min discussion of your challenges and priorities. Click here to arrange an online coaching session with Olive or another Empowering Learning Practitioner. For coaching, purchasing a literacy and numeracy study guide is advisable.

What else is available digitally?

  • All 3 study guides are now available to download (including the latest material and many other video links).
  • Scaffolding for Easy Literacy; online video and materials for the 3-4 age group to enable them to find visualising words easy and accelerate their migration into phonics.
  • We can offer primary schools a Neurodivergent School Coach to work with teachers, students and parents, giving them skills to help these creative visual learners.

The videos below give you some quick skills to improve spelling and reading, especially for young children, where literacy can be more of a game. They are all posted on Youtube; here are the links:

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Is you child struggling to get started with phonics? Developing the visual scaffolding for easy literacy is a simple way to get started and will accelerate phonics.

Alternatively a child may need help to move on from phonics, to word recognition? Neurodivergent kids can enjoy recognising object words. Here is how.

Does your child hate reading? Watch this 10-minute video and get some new ideas about how to make progress with a reluctant reader. On Youtube

There is so much changing that children, that especially neurodivergent children can feel very confused and emotional. Some children are coping well, whilst others seem to be climbing up the wall. Try this short video on youtube to get 3 essential tips.

Primary Maths Part 1: Anyone Terrified of Maths? A short video to explain the essential skill of visualising numbers, if you want to be good at maths. This is a fabulous skill to learn to supercharge a child’s primary maths skills. Take a look at this and others on the Youtube channel.

Primary Maths Part 2: Moving on to fractions and percentages: Building on basic visualising numbers we can now put your numbers to work


Primary Maths Part 3: Words and numbers together: Visualising numbers is fun and now you can explore words and numbers together, angles, telling the time and even algebra. This is a great way to improve your maths and especially mental arithmetic. This will also include some advice on additional resources for visually learning