Dyslexia, a latin originated word means ‘difficulty with language’. Dyslexia has been classified into learning disability and is the most commonly used word that is characterised of following:
- Difficulty with reading
- Reading speed being slow
- Reading comprehension being poor or none – the reader forgets what she/he read when she/he closes the book
- Writing being impossible, slow, or ugly
- Inability or poor ability to spell
and many other things – every person’s dyslexia is different, so we’d learn by asking each person.
The most successful way of teaching dyslexic students is to use a structured multi-sensory technique which combines visual, auditory and kinaesthetic inputs, so that the brain receives information in many different ways and learning is continually reinforced.
NLP teaches a series of techniques that help children and adults with personal growth by conscious reprogramming of the neural pathways in the brain. It was first developed by Richard Bandler and John Grindler.
How NLP helps dealing with Dyslexia?
NLP therapists believe that with the help of visual aid, use of language and different neural pathways can help to form new neural pathways that help to strengthen the brain.
NLP therapy for children is very beneficial. There are various child therapy courses for children suffering from dyslexia, depression, anxiety, peer pressure and many more.
Building self confidence and esteem with help of NLP techniques can cater to the problems of kids suffering with dyslexia.
The NLP Visual Spelling Strategy produces dramatic results by teaching students how to form mental pictures of words. Other NLP techniques including reframing and goal setting, helping dyslexics to address the motivational and emotional issues that can improve their learning.
When human beings learn a mental skill such as: doing a mental math calculation, learning the spelling of a word or reading – at first these are quite slow conscious processes.
After a while these mental processes become automated. We don’t have to consciously think about the task anymore ‘It just happens’.
Our brain starts to do it on autopilot or unconsciously. Neurologically we have built up strong neural pathways. By building up a new neural pathway.
Child therapists believe that they can actually create a new neural pathway in the affected brain enabling the child to read and spell.
A therapist using NLP techniques studies the subjective experience of the child’s thinking process and after the complete study, the therapist can tell where is the focus of your child’s thinking process and accordingly can suggest to make improvement.
The major challenge with kids with dyslexia is maintaining the attention span so this is how NLP technique works –
When you look inside the mind / thinking process of a person who is not able to hold their attention on task, what is actually happening is that their mind is drifting onto other thoughts. Example: You are trying to calculate in your mind 9+7, so you might ‘say to yourself’ “nine plus seven” and at the same time visualize the numbers in front of you and then do something with the image to get the answer such as see ‘1’ pop out of the 7 = 16.
If your ‘attention’ is good you will ONLY be visualizing the numbers and possibly talking yourself through the sum.
If your ‘attention’ is drifting, either the numbers will disappear or move around, or some other thoughts will pop in to your mind.
Once you know what’s going on inside his mind when doing a task (which is the beauty of NLP) you can make the child aware of what exactly it means to focus or concentrate. It means controlling your internal thoughts onto only the task you are doing.
Just telling someone to concentrate or focus is far to vague. With NLP you can show them exactly what it means to focus or concentrate.
What I know…
NLP is considered to be an authorized, believe-changing system, dealing with the internal representation of a person. NLP works on six basic levels; environment, behavior, capabilities, beliefs and value, identity, and purpose. These levels are important and help to achieve improvements.
NLP is believed to change negative values and it helps in self-motivation, self-esteem, public speaking and confidence building.
NLP helps children also in the same way as it helps adults. Children who are too shy, can become expressive and confident.
For parents who identified the problem, this is the way to solve it. Many parents hope that the problems will get better, but this is not always the case. A child therapist can assist the child to resolve the problems.
The major problem with dyslexic kids are that they face difficulty called as ‘visual distortion’ which contributes to distorted reading. Several height phobics who would feel sick even if they imagined looking from a high place. So I asked them, “When you are looking over that 5 story building balcony, what goes on?” They explained that everything sways, moves or shrinks down suddenly.
With this sort of fear that has a visual distortion component I use an NLP technique called a swish pattern which teaches the brain to experience a different response and its a typical technique in NLP.
You have the person imagine looking over the edge and just as the image starts to distort you have them move another image in from the side which is completely still.
This is repeated around 10 times or so to condition a new response. Now, when the person looks over the edge there is no visual distortion and therefore no sick feeling or fear of heights.
I merely tried a similar thing with my ‘Dyslexic’ students, I used the NLP swish pattern to end the reading distortions and it worked! It’s been working with 95% of ‘dyslexic readers’ I’ve seen throughout the last few years.
It’s done by visualizing an image of the reading material in your mind and then just before the distortion occurs, you bring in another ‘still image’. You ‘swish’ it in quickly to replace the first image.
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