Alternative Therapies & Dyslexia
If you are interested in what Alternative Therapies have to offer people with learning difficulties, such as: Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; Dysgraphia; Dyspraxia; ADHD or other (SpLD’s); this part of the website will offer accessible and helpful advice.
Whether you are a parent, teacher or other professional there will be something here to interest you.
If you are interested in what Alternative Therapies have to offer people with: Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; Dysgraphia; Dyspraxia; ADHD or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s), whether a parent, teacher or other professional, this part of the website will offer accessible and helpful advice.
I have been working in the education field for over 20 years, and in particular my work at the Swindon Dyslexia Centre has included dealing with thousands of people who were desperately seeking the ‘cure’ for dyslexia.
For many years dyslexia has been under the scrutiny of many different specialists. The result has been a wealth of information, but where do you start? This part of the site looks at Alternative Therapies in relation to Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; Dysgraphia; Dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s).
I have looked at many different therapies that have at some time claimed to help, alleviate or even ‘cure’ dyslexia and other learning difficulties (besides many other conditions).
Entire books have been dedicated to individual therapies. I only intend to give you a ‘flavour’ of each here. Some of these therapies are very new while others, like Ayurveda, have been around for over 5000 years.
Whilst I have tried to put therapies in the relevant sections, it is sometimes difficult to determine where one method ends and another begins, but the structure used aims to be as helpful and clear as possible.
In my view, one thing that is clear, is that good old tried and tested teaching methods should not be replaced, and that some of these approaches should be treated as ‘complementary’.
by Angie Lawrence, AMIH; CECCH. MNCH; MAPHP; GQHP
Hypnotherapy is a treatment involving self-hypnosis – the art of attaining a heightened state of awareness in which the subconscious mind (the memory bank, the emotional and motivational force) becomes predominant allowing for positive thought and healing.
Everything that happens in our lives is recorded in the subconscious affecting the way we perceive life; our personalities are created by internal self-perception (endogenous) and external – environmental (exogenous) forces. Through my work I have come to believe that the environment determines human behaviour, we are conditioned from birth, thus we are the total of all our past learning experiences.
The area of the brain that records information is linked to the conscious mind in such a way that an emotional ‘trigger’ will cause the body to react and thus produce an emotional response based on the information recorded. For example, a young child who has had a bad experience will have recorded a negative ‘trigger’, and every time this situation is repeated the feeling magnifies, eventually resulting in an unexplained ‘fear’ or ‘dislike’ or a complete mental shutdown.
Clinical hypnosis is utilised to benefit the individual by using the powers of the mind to offer a solution, to heal and amend internal beliefs and perceptions to attain positive results. This may be attained by various methods and strategies depending on the needs of the individual.
The art of hypnosis can be traced back thousands of years, the oldest written recordings, 1,552 years BC, may be found in the Ebers Papyrus. This document explained the medical practices of Egyptian physicians, methods still used to this day.
Over the centuries hypnosis developed and in 1955 the British Medical Association approved hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment, the American authorities followed suit in 1958.
Milton Erickson, an American psychiatrist and psychologist is recognised as one of the most important contributors to the acceptance and use of hypnosis as a psychiatric therapy.
Erickson stated that clients could absorb new ways of thinking and learning without being aware that they are learning.
This leads me on to ‘Hypno-Tech’, a technique for accelerated learning to remove negativity and build confidence and self-esteem through the use of suggestion. This method is designed to appeal to and tap into the subconscious mind of the learner through the use of hypnosis.
Confidence and motivation have a key role to play in achieving goals and whether one is on the sport’s field, on stage or in a learning environment the level of performance is determined by self-belief. ‘Hypno-Tech’ is a technique that helps organise the internal thought processes, to reassess self-identity to feel more comfortable in achieving attainable goals.
Secondly, to create a learning environment that appeals to both sides of the brain:
Relaxed learning – absence of tension.
When learners are relaxed and feeling good they can absorb and memorise facts more easily.
Unity of the conscious and the subconscious , a relaxed state of mind (hypnosis).
Both sides of the brain are stimulated during learning, i.e. using the conscious reactions and functions while activating the subconscious to ‘fix’ the learning material.
Good rapport between individual and therapist / teacher.
The level of suggestive link (rapport) can be measured by how much information the student is absorbing, when the conditions are right more knowledge is attained for longer periods of time.
These main features are important factors used in a hypnotherapy session yet may be incorporated into a learning environment provided the further ‘Hypno-Tech’ principals are adopted.
by Angie Lawrence, AMIH; CECCH. MNCH; MAPHP; GQHP
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