The Empowering Learning™ Approach for Literacy and Numeracy

All Empowering Learning™ courses are designed to help learners develop new skills through understanding their own experiences. Empowering Learning™ is built on best practice; modelling people who are successful and teaching others to use the same strategy. Empowering Learning™ processes complement any existing techniques/strategies/programmes that are already in place. Empowering Learning™ seeks to empower teachers, learning assistants and parents by offering a new perspective on learning.

The importance of visualization and mental imagery in the learning process has been well researched and documented over many years.

Do you wonder why so many bright creative children have all sorts of learning challenging  and what you can do to help?

The Empowering Learning: Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy Processes is the initial programme, offering a unique way to help students understand the vital role of using mental imagery for all aspects of learning by focusing on their strengths and not their deficits and weaknesses.  It has been been proven to work extremely well with these bright students by using a totally radical and different approach. 

The content is as follows:

Part 1: Your journey

  • Introduction
  • Who is the programme aimed at helping?
  • Exploring hidden skills and talents
  • Spelling strategies
  • A New Paradigm – strengths v deficit model
  • Neurodiversity
  • Adding to your teaching “tool box”
  • How we learn and when learning goes wrong

Part 2: What is going on in your brain?

  • The metacognition of learning
  • The neuroscience of mental imagery
  • Storing and retrieving information
  • The effects of stress on memory
  • An effective learning state

Part 3: The Jumpstarting Approach to Spelling

  • Making friends with your mental imagery
  • How to use mental imagery for words: Simple proven steps:
  • 1st Nouns, 2nd Non-nouns, 3rd Homophones, 4th Silent letters, 5th Correcting mistakes
  • Auditory spelling progresses to written
  • Dealing with the unexpected
  • Migrating to an unconscious habit for fluent reliable spelling

Part 4: The Jumpstarting Approach to Reading

  • Fluent reading is all word recognition
  • Setting yourself up for success
  • Mental imagery and reading
  • Easy comprehension for visual children
  • Copying from the board
  • Improving handwriting
  • Foreign languages

Part 5: The jumpstarting Approach to Numeracy

  • Visualising numbers
  • Times tables
  • Units of measurement
  • Telling the time
  • Improving memory

Part 6: Challenging change

  • Dealing with resistance
  • The model of change
  • Releasing limiting beliefs and creating empowering beliefs
  • A growth mindset
  • Getting into flow

Part 7: What next?

  • In the classroom and at home
  • Supporting Empowering Learning Practitioners
  • Further trainings

Practitioner Training: Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy

Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy offers remarkably quick ways to improve literacy, numeracy and concentration challenges even for those diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Asperger’s, Tourette’s and Autism. You will receive a Manual, Study Guide for parents, a USB pod with 7 webinars plus a lifetime of support and CPD for practitioners. Price currently reduced from £395, with 50% off, to help parents and teachers during the current challenging situation until the end 2020. You can email for multiple use discount.


Changing Dyslexia for a New Decade is an initiative to look to bring about change in the treatment of children with Dyslexia. You will need a grounding in Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy to fully appreciate this programme.

Module 1: Blending Phonics and word recognition for literacy
Module 2: Grounding and good breathing to reduce anxiety and create and effective learning state
Module 3: Developing Visual skills to learn anything
Module 4: A neurodivergent school coach
Module 5: Moving to fluency
Module 6: Exploring Sensory Overload in Dyslexia
Module 7: Why is spelling harden than reading?
Module 8: When Dyslexia overlaps with ADHD and other neurodivergent labels
Module 9: How NLP and coaching can help clients with learning differences
Module 10: Releasing anxiety

Changing Dyslexia for a New Decade

A series of 10 recorded webinars with Olive Hickmott and some of the Empowering Learning Practitioners to discuss the most challenging topics with Dyslexia for this decade. How changes that can be simply and easily made, for the benefit of students, parents and teachers, are discussed. You will be able to download the series at a special price during the current challenging education time, a reduction from £95 to £70, a 26% discount.


Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy is where Practitioners start to become really familiar with how to teach bright creative students how to use their mental imagery to accelerate literacy and numeracy.  You will learn how to guide students who are discouraged, frustrated and angry into positive mental and emotional states that make it easy to learn.Recent research has shown that those with a learning difficulty and also have exceptional strengths and talents, tend to see the world in a more holistic way. This means that they find it easier to see the big picture and to think creatively (out-of-the-box thinking).Once practiced with these skills you will be wanting to move onto the advanced skills of Pathways to Learning.  You will learn how so many students are in sensory overload and the simple skills you can teach to enable reduction in this internal chaos.You can follow either of these programmes as home study.  Book above.

Home study is very popular and gives you the flexibility to learn this from the comfort of your own home and apply it with your own child or classroom at your own pace. These programmes include five main tenets which can be seen below. These form the basis of the process and on the course you will learn how to impart this to your students easily, quickly and with rapid results. You will also get the research evidence supporting the process as well feedback from the principals and teachers who have been using it with such great effect in their schools and classrooms.

Mental Imagery is essential for reading, effective spelling, making sense of and remembering what is read, mental calculations, problem solving and legible handwriting. Neuroscience has shown that fluent readers use 3 co-activated areas of the brain: knowing the pronunciation of the word, understanding the meaning and recognising the visual representation of the whole word.  As it is developed naturally by some students it was believed that this was an inherent skill and therefore could not be taught – we now KNOW that this is not the case and it can be learned through the Jumpstarting process.

Students learn most effectively when in the Optimal Learning State, i.e. relaxed body, alert mind. Some students cannot develop or control their mental imagery skills until they are in this state.  Results have shown that knowing how to get into this state easily helps to lower stress, increase concentration and focus and also improves memory and recall.  This skill is useful for the whole school and gives staff the tools for creating calmer students, calmer classrooms and a calmer school! Neuroscience has shown that being this state, often called ‘Flow’, helps students and staff to be more effective.  This state is even more vital for students on the Autistic Spectrum, who maybe in sensory overload, even from a very young age.  They can be overwhelmed by the environment and even more importantly from their  ability to be deluged by their own mental images, then start to zone out and even withdraw from the world.

Helping students become more meta-cognisant about their inner mental processes helps them recognise their existing strengths and adjust any ineffective learning strategies accordingly.  Learning how and why people do what they do is a vital skill to develop for all challenges, and explains many of the symptoms on the spectrum.

When a student is very sensitive, they will pick up on other peoples’ emotions, whether positive or negative, often reflecting back a parent’s or teacher’s concerns.

It is known that fear can destroy anyone’s ability to learn, if you are in a permanently anxious and fearful state this can underpin many behavioral challenges, including frustration, anger, meltdowns and closing down.