What makes Empowering Learning’ s unique approach so different?
We work with those who have various SpLD diagnoses, looking past the diagnosis to helping people use their fabulous skills to transform any limiting symptoms they have.
The visual sense is the fastest system we have for learning and is the natural way young children learn – using their imagination. Visually we can absorb a lot of information simultaneously and quickly. Most students who are struggling are highly visual but are being taught using the slower auditory and kinesthetic senses. Most academic subjects are best learnt visually. This will speed up the whole learning process and is easy to learn and then teach.
Empowering Learning is focused on what people can do rather than what they can’t do. What you focus on is what you get more of. Most literacy teaching focuses on phonological deficiencies. Phonics promote sounding out and breaking down words, involving a lot of repetition and drilling which becomes tedious, boring and a chore to practice. Fluent readers however don’t read using phonics. They read by recognising the whole word, provided they have seen the word before. Phonics comes in when a new word, not previously seen, is being read. These visual learners are therefore taught how to use their natural learning style and how to put it into practice in the best way.
Empowering Learning teaches people how to get into the best emotional state for learning. How we feel affects what we do. Many students sit in a classroom or test in a state of anxiety when they feel that they are ‘stupid’ or incapable of learning due to past negative experiences. This negative emotional state is a barrier to learning. By teaching students how to become calm and relaxed prior to learning they are more likely to succeed.
Families are engaged whenever possible. Having the right motivation to change is essential for any improvements to be made. For many students this is not possible to do without the support of their families. If a learning issue is prevalent amongst other family members then showing whole families how they can all help each other provides the essential motivation. Learning becomes fun as everyone can succeed quickly, homework time is less painful and there is more emphasis on the talent and creativity of the student.
Teachers learn how students learn visually, incorporating a full multi-sensory learning experience. Whilst it is well understood how to teach visually most teacher training does not include how people to learn visually. This is a vital component in understanding the difference between those that develop their natural learning skills automatically and those that don’t.
Empowering Learning has studied how people without learning challenges think and behave. Once you know how someone does something you can teach others to do the same.
The philosophy is a coaching person-centered approach. Helping people understand their own experience and developing new skills in those areas they want to change. Some practice is needed but if you want to succeed this will be minimal, motivation is the key.