Dyslexia coaching course

Well the dyslexia coaching course that I was on earlier this week was great - but so engrossing that there wasn’t time to blog about it as I went along.  It was one of those events that really got your mind going, firing you up with the possible applications of  your learning.  (Actually maybe you don’t know.  I never found courses or training events anything other than tiring, boring, frustrating when I was working in the world of the public sector and large organisations.  Courses designed around coaching and NLP are so much more fun!)

The course was built around the programme run by the Dyslexia Treatment Centre in Glasgow and dyslexia, of course, was the main focus of the three days.  It was amazing to see the difference that the combination of coaching, NLP and a whole range of other interventions could make to the lives of children otherwise labelled as ‘learning disabled’ or ‘stupid’.  We were learning about the importance of diet, nutrition and water; the potential benefits of alternative and complementary therapies like Bowen and reflexology; how to play to our strengths in the 8 multiple intelligences (and develop your weaker areas); getting into the learning state by listening to Baroque music; developing parts of the brain with exercises like spinning, juggling and a whole host of other games that we practiced teaching (and playing!) over the three days.

All of these are interventions that I can see myself using in relation to work with people who are dyslexic, to help my own learning and as part of the work coaching people to write with confidence: for example the techniques work for spelling, hand-writing and speed-reading.  (One participant increased his reading speed from 130 words a minute to over 700 in the course of 3 days.)

I’ve still to go back to my notes and pick out the key learning points - no doubt there’ll be other material to share as the learning settles and the ideas regarding application start to grow…

Joanna Paterson is a writer, photograph and journal coach who provides resources to help people tap into the rich seam of their natural creativity and express themselves with confidence. You can find more of her work at Nature’s Fire.

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