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Modelling Excellence

The GB olympic cycling team employed the NLP approach of ‘modeling excellence’ – i.e. taking the way that the best in a field perform a certain action, analyse what they are doing and what the result is, and turning it into a skill which can be taught to other athletes to improve their own performance.

“The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together”.

Question such as ‘how do good readers read’ underlies The International Association’s approach to learning difficulties (or rather, as we like to think of it, learning differences which don’t fit the current system).

Good readers visualize words. People with dyslexia etc. are amazingly creative, visual learners who aren’t learning how to visualizing words.  The focus in our education is on phonics which doesn’t work to their strengths.

It is amazing how quickly people learn to read and spell once they are taught this simple skill – enhanced by learning how to get grounded at the same time.

In health we look at how and why people are healthy and again teach simple skills to enable people to return to a state of wellness as quickly as possible.

The Power of Visualisation

The Power of Visualisation has been brilliantly demonstrated this summer by the Olympic and paralympic athletes and their coaches.  We’ve heard athletes talking about visualising themselves winning, being presented with their medal, performing a complex move, for example in gymnastics and diving, and the profound effect this has had on their performance and the working of their body. Most of us now take this as normal practice for athletes and sportsmen.

Less well accepted is the impact visualization can have on our health and learning – approaches that the International Association promote and have found to be so effective for individuals facing challenges.

David Festenstein, (Stroke Recovery)  after having a stroke, talks about the physio doing ‘a visualisation exercise getting me to hold my paralysed hand, visualising it opening while I opened and closed my left hand. She said although I would not necessary see or feel anything, this exercise would produce important brain activity.’  There were other examples given in ‘The Secret’.

People with learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia are visual learners. Visualization of pictures of a noun with the name written on it’ as well as of them selves being able to spell and read’ is fundamental to the International Associations approach to overcoming the negative symptoms of learning difficulties.

Launch of the IHL 24 September 2010

Launch of the IHL tomorrow!

Preparation is nearing completion for the IHL launch event in Hemel Hempstead on Friday and for the website which also goes live tomorrow.

We are really excited to be bringing Art, the deviser of Energetic NLP, and Olive, the creator of Empowering Learning, to the event.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there for coffee at 9.30 – and to receiving your feedback on the IHL.

Best wishes

Di

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