Neuro Linguistic Programming for children – what does it mean?
Is your child a confident, independent learner or do they often say, ‘I can’t do that!’ before they have even started on their homework? Does your child learn most effectively through visual aids, or does he or she prefer to learn by listening or doing?
Sian Goodspeed, founder of Flying Start Tuition in Chesham, who is also a certified NLP practitioner, explains how NLP can help your child achieve their potential.
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
NLP is a self-development tool often used in business to help people take control of their thoughts and emotions in order to help them build better relationships, develop leadership skills and overcome negative thinking.
How does NLP work?
It is all about the connections between our thoughts, our emotions and our actions; how we take in information via our different senses and how we then process it internally to get to our ‘answers’. This includes how we experience the world, how we process and store information, how we plan and make decisions, and how we relate to others.
So, the idea with NLP is that by understanding this process better and taking into account our own individual learning styles, we’re able to communicate and learn more effectively. better.
Where does NLP come from?
It was developed in the 1970s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder and is widely used in the business world.
How is NLP used in the classroom?
Learning is defined as the process of obtaining knowledge. In order to obtain knowledge, children have to process information, and NLP deals specifically with the different ways in which they do this.
One aspect of NLP which is generally accepted practice in schools centres around the theory that children have different preferred learning styles. These are usually split into three main categories: visual learning, in which the student responds best to visual stimuli such as videos, demonstration, reading and charts; auditory learning where the student prefers to learn through listening and kinaesthetic learning where students learn best when they perform an activity themselves, such as doing experiments and taking part in practical lessons. In addition, many pupils need to make sense of something or understand how something works in order to assimilate it. Such learners are referred to as auditory digital in NLP and these types of learners will also often be dominant in one of the other three learning styles. However, it is important to note that these preferences are not fixed and that a child’s preferred learning style may change over time or from one situation to another.
So, a teacher applying NLP in the classroom will use different techniques to identify the different preferred learning styles of their students, and will adjust their way of teaching and materials to ensure that every student has the best possible opportunity to take in information. Because of the multi-media classroom we have in most schools today, they can quite easily incorporate varied methods into their teaching using, e.g. interactive whiteboards.
How can NLP help children learn?
NLP techniques shift the focus from simply memorising information to developing fundamental sensory processes in order to embed learning into the sub-conscious mind, thus giving it far more longevity. Other NLP methods include the use of visualization and metaphors, which are often used by sports psychologists to improve athletes’ performances. In the same way, teachers could stimulate different responses to situations and use these techniques to turn around a child’s negative mindset caused by, for example, bullying or a lack of confidence. There are a number of NLP tools which can help children overcome any barriers they may have to learning. Techniques such as ‘Anchoring’ and the ‘Learning State’ can be used to help children deal with stress and improve concentration. Such tools have been shown to give students more confidence in their ability, which means they are happier to learn and thereby achieve better results.
At Flying Start Tuition, we understand the importance of flexibility and we adapt our teaching to the individual needs of our pupils. NLP techniques are embedded into our lesson plans and staff members are trained in these methods to ensure consistency across the company. We also start all our lessons with a warm-up, which involves moving about and getting into a positive mindset ready for the lesson ahead. It may sound like a small thing, but it can make a significant difference to the value each pupil gains from their session.
For further information about how Flying Start Tuition can help your child achieve their potential, please contact us to arrange a free assessment or trial lesson:
t: 01494 772 898