Neurodivergent Wednesday – 13th May 2020: Strengths

2pm on Wednesday 13th May: Listen to the recording

Neurodivergent students have great strengths that are often quite exceptional, so I am delighted to present this topic. These skills are so often found in those with ADHD and ASD diagnoses.

The event consists of a short (max 15 mins) session, that is recorded, and then an unrecorded question and answer discussion. Do join in if you can and bring your questions along.

Olive Hickmott
olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

You can read more about these visualisation techniques and more case studies in the book The Elephants in The Classroom – uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning available here ,  and also from Amazon USAAmazon UKKindle.

#Neurodivergent #empoweringlearning #theelephantsintheclassroom #mentalimagery #asd #adhd

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Neurodivergent Wednesday – 13th May 2020

9am on Wednesday 13th May: Listen to the short recording

Telling the time

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 mathematics.

The event consists of a short (max 15 mins) session, that is recorded, and then an unrecorded question and answer discussion. Do join in if you can and bring your questions along.

Olive Hickmott
olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

You can read more about these visualisation techniques and more case studies in the book The Elephants in The Classroom – uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning available here ,  and also from Amazon USAAmazon UKKindle.

#Neurodivergent #empoweringlearning #theelephantsintheclassroom #mentalimagery #asd #adhd #maths #mentalarithmetic

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Neurodivergent Wednesday – exploring more

Wednesday 6th May 10am: Visual skills for more Maths

Now you have the basics is visualising numbers, lets explore how to use your skills for calculations, measurement (this one is great fun), doubling and halving, fractions and percentages, words that describe shapes and angles.

Wednesday 6th May at 2pm. Some more behaviours

Following on session, that is now on Youtube, I will be looking at more common ADHD/ASD symptoms and attempt to unlock the reasons WHY. For example no eye contact, lacking sympathy/empathy and taking things literally. In addition I will be looking at how some people are turning the lock down into a benefit.

Each event consists of a short (max 15 mins) recorded session and then an unrecorded question and answer discussion. Do join in if you can.

Olive Hickmott
olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

You can read more about these visualisation techniques and more case studies in the book The Elephants in The Classroom – uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning available here ,  and also from Amazon USAAmazon UKKindle.

#Neurodivergent #empoweringlearning #theelephantsintheclassroom #mentalimagery #asd #adhd #maths #mentalarithmetic

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Neurodivergent Wednesday – come and explore

Wednesday 29th April 10am: Recording here on Youtube

Anyone terrified of maths? In just a few minutes you will learn the key to improving mental arithmetic. It’s easier than you think even for very young children.

Wednesday 29th April at 2pm. Recording here on Youtube

Following on from last week‘s session, I will be looking at some of the common ADHD/ASD symptoms caused by being ungrounded, having poor breathing and out of control mental imagery. For example being clumsy, obsessions with toys and overwhelm.

Each event consists of a short (max 15 mins) recorded session and then an unrecorded question and answer discussion. Do join in if you can.

Olive Hickmott
olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

You can read more about these visualisation techniques and more case studies in the book The Elephants in The Classroom – uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning available here ,  and also from Amazon USAAmazon UKKindle.

#Neurodivergent #empoweringlearning #theelephantsintheclassroom #mentalimagery #asd #adhd #maths #mentalarithmetic

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Does your world seem upside down?

Join us for Neurodivergent Wednesday 22nd April 2020. We have 2 drop-in calls plus one in the evening for trained Empowering Learning practitioners. These are all simple skills you can teach your children during their time away from school.

9am: Reducing the stress of reading, it’s magic. Register here

Last week I talked about progressing from object words to non-object words. This week I am going to discuss word recognition for reading.

  • Recognising known words
  • Banishing the stress of reading
  • The critical position of the book

2pm: Getting control of mental imagery for ASD and ADHD. Register here

Do you realise that your neurodivergent students often have great but uncontrolled mental imagery? Great mental imagery can be a fabulous skill and a nightmare, all at one time. Learn how to stabilize mental imagery in minutes, reduce sensory overload and help them calm down their whole experience.

8pm: Empowering Learning Practitioners working together. Register here

Olive Hickmott
olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

You can read more about these visualisation techniques and more case studies in the book The Elephants in The Classroomuncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning,  available from Amazon USAAmazon UKKindle.

#Neurodivergent #empoweringlearning #theelephantsintheclassroom #mentalimagery #asd #adhd

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3 true stories that turned around struggling literacy

Here is a short video about how mental imagery can change poor literacy for anyone. The first 2 were in special needs school. The last student on the gifted and talented register and below is his story in his own words

3 true stories about the power of learning to visualise words

The first student I met who had been identified as gifted and talented, bowled me over with his skills for using mental imagery; this was undoubtedly the source of his exceptional skills.  

He wanted to tell you his own story: “My name is Ben, and I’m eight years old.  I found out I was dyslexic one year ago when I was 7 and a half.  I went for the dyslexia test because I wasn’t good at reading or spelling or handwriting.  I felt a bit confused at school, and like I was missing out on some lessons.  I also felt slow and not clever when we had to read at school.

After I found out I was dyslexic my mum took me to meet Olive Hickmott.  She taught me how to visualise words by taking pictures with my mind.  The first word she taught me was ‘train’; she wrote it on a Post-it note, and I had to imagine a picture of a train and put a picture of the word on it.  Once I had a picture in my mind of the word, I could read the letters to spell the word, I could even read them backwards. It sounds a bit complicated, but I found it easy to do. Then I practised at home with ten words a day.  Olive told us to use words from something I was interested in, so I chose Harry Potter.  I felt very proud of myself when I could spell Dumbledore and Voldemort forwards and backwards!

Since seeing Olive, I feel much more confident at reading and spelling at school.  I usually get full marks on spelling tests and learning my spellings is very quick and easy.  It only takes me about 5 seconds to visualise a word.  I read much faster now, and I enjoy it more. 

It was good that I found out I was dyslexic and went to see Olive because I now feel happier, much smarter and more confident at school.” Ben has exceptional mental imagery skills, and I am delighted he found out how to use them so quickly for literacy.  It’s a pity he wasn’t taught when he was much younger. It would have avoided any feeling of not being smart for this highly intelligent young boy.

Olive Hickmott
olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

You can read more about these visualisation techniques and more case studies in the book The Elephants in The Classroomuncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning,  available from Amazon USAAmazon UKKindle.

#literacy #gifted #doubledore #dyslexic #specialneeds #visualise #visualisewords

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Reducing the stress of reading: it’s magic

Last week I talked about simple word recognition of short object words, this week I am going to talk, in 10 mins, about:

  • 1. Banishing the stress of reading
  • 2. The position of the book
  • 3. Recognising known words.

A year 6 student came in to see me in school. He was so stressed he could not sit still. We followed the above and suddenly he could read.

Join our zoom call, open to all, on Wednesday 15th 9am and learn how you could achieve this magic with your children.

I look forward to teaching you how simple reading and spelling can be, especially for creative, imaginative children. This could give kids a brand new skill to learn during the lock-down and its fun.

Olive Hickmott
olive@empoweringlearning.co.uk
http://www.empoweringlearning.co.uk

#reading #stress #empoweringlearning #wordrecognition

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