Breakthrough Dyslexia Solutions Using NLP

If your child is experiencing issues at school with reading, writing or spelling most institutions will ask you to take your child to an educational psychologist for an assessment.

Following your assessment you’ll get a thorough report of the findings and generally a diagnosis which will have a name such as dyslexia, auditory processing deficit or another name.

These assessments are important to ascertain where your son or daughter currently stands when compared to their peers, identify where the issues are and exclude more severe issues if you have some concerns.

In terms of providing you with solutions to whatever your childs issues are, this varies from nothing to some rudimentary suggestions about the direction to go next.

In this Article:

-The issues in the ‘learning difficulties assessment process’

-What I’ve found using NLP

-Just what the Assessments are missing

I feel, although useful for the reasons stated earlier, a ‘learning difficulties’ assessment has certain flaws that should be addressed.

-These assessments are based on the medical style of ‘identifying symptoms’ and diagnosis. They are checking out the observable results on the outside rather than at the thinking process happening inside the mind.

This is the major downside in my opinion, because within the thought processes are often the answers to why the student is having difficulties.

-There is an underlying thought that if a child is struggling significantly with reading,spelling, literacy there is ‘something wrong’ neurologically.

Although this may be true in some cases the majority of students who visit me with a diagnosis just have an issue with the way they are thinking, which can be corrected.

-The assessments are in search of ‘what is wrong’. As Richard Bandler the founder of NLP often says “When you are looking for whats wrong, you’ll find it, When you look for solutions and what works, you’ll find that to.”

-A child that has been told they are ‘Dyslexic’ can occasionally develop limiting beliefs about themselves which might (not always) make things worse.

-There are some good things about the diagnosis, for instance more time to take tests, extra tutoring. Many people feel relieved after they get the diagnosis “Oh, this means I’m not stupid, I have a real neurological condition” and they feel better.

Dyslexia a fresh perspective with NLP

OK enough of me ranting about what I think is wrong with the current approach. Lets move now to a totally different way of taking a look at Dyslexia from my personal NLP viewpoint.

First of all, what are the issues associated with the label ‘Dyslexia’. Typically Dyslexia is related to problems learning the alphabet, reading distortions, reversing similar letters, spelling, writing etc. I’m going to focus here on reading distortions.

What exactly are reading distortions?

This is the classic dyslexia symptom. The individual will state that the words are shifting on the page, mixing, or jumping up as they read. Words may appear or disappear.

What is a visual distortion?

If you are familiar at all with NLP or Hypnosis you will have heard about a visual hallucination / distortion. This happens when you see something that isn’t there (positive hallucination) or you don’t see something that is there (negative hallucination).

It works something like this:

When you’re looking at a physical object you are not directly seeing it. The lighting from the object hits your retina which sends the information to the brain. The brain then interprets the info and produces an image.

Your brain is capable of changing the image, if it gets confused, it will fill in what it thinks should be there.

Dyslexia Correction with NLP – Learned from a phobic

How I discovered a means to correct dyslexic reading distortions.

I had worked with 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 re teaches the brain to experience a different response and its a quite 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!! and its been working with 95% of ‘dyslexic readers’ I’ve seen throughout the last few years.

Its 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.

This is like telling your brain, when you start doing this (the distortion). Do THIS (make it still) instead.

Try it out. Hope this helps you.

, Tony J Barlow ,