flag

Last Updated:
Thu, 23 Oct 2014, 21:10 GMT
Space
Img
Phenemine without Prescription
Keyword Search: in
Life Coaching for Adults with Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties
Ask us a Question
Name
Email Address
Comments
Code ^

Dyslexia is a disability thought to affect around 10% of the population. It is a genetic condition and one of the most common specific learning difficulties affecting children and adults. Contrary to popular belief, dyslexia does not only manifest itself in problems with literacy, but also affects people’s memory, organisational skills, and their ability to learn. The challenges and struggles this brings include potential low self-esteem, anxiety and work-related problems.

The benefits of life coaching for adults with learning difficulties are potentially significant – as they indeed are for anyone.According to David Ellis, ‘A Life Coach consistently listens, speaks, and occasionally asks questions, in a way that draws forth his client’s genius and creativity’ (2006). It is through this process that life coaches explore with clients their situation, values and beliefs, thus offering a different perspective on their life. This change in perspective is often the very first step towards success. By looking at one’s learning difficulty as merely an obstacle to be overcome, and not the issue itself, coaching can focus on defining and prioritizing goals which are based on the client’s aims and intentions for the future, then creating an action plan towards the realization of these goals with which the client can take dyslexia in their stride.

An understanding of dyslexia and the effect this has on adults can help the coach to ask the right questions when working with the client. Questions about the client’s challenges need to be asked sensitively, and dealt with realistically, so that the client can feel understood by the coach, and yet encouraged to overcome these obstacles. When talking about the client’s reality, it is essential to encourage the client to also focus on the positive aspects of the situation. These could even be positive features of the learning difficulty itself. The British Dyslexia Association outlines the strengths of individuals with dyslexia, which include lateral thinking abilities, originality and creativity. Other positive features of the client’s reality could include public awareness of the disability, and the assistance available in the form of self-help books, assessment centres and support organisations. Formulating remarks in the form of universal quantifiers, such as ‘Everyone knows that people with dyslexia are creative’ makes them sound more convincing to the client. When using rapport-building tools such as mirroring, matching and echoing, the coach should also be aware of particular difficulties with communication which dyslexic adults could have. According to the British Dyslexia Association, these could include word-finding problems and a lack of precision in speech.

Clients who have often felt a sense of failure in the past, and are held back by limiting beliefs acquired during their time at school could feel fear at failing in a perceived new position or career. Empowering questions will invite the client to examine these limitations and challenge beliefs acquired in childhood such as ‘My spelling is terrible’, ‘Reading takes ages’, ‘or ‘I’m stupid’. It is these beliefs which obstruct development and the achievement of goals, which is why the coach should be concerned with finding and exploring them (Martin, 2001). Effective tools which help the client leave their comfort zone, and deal with these fears are the Magic Wand task (whereby the client imagines that they have a magic wand and imagine what their wishes and dreams are, without focusing on their fears) and the Fear Assessment. The Fear Assessment encourages clients to analyse their fears from an external point of view, assessing each fear rationally. By rating each fear according to how realistic it is, the client gains a better understanding of which fears block development and change, and what his/her potential to achieve change really is.

According to Ellis (2006:2), ‘We succeed as life coaches when our clients feel empowered and valuable – confident, secure and filled with new options’. It is this empowerment that is a key aspect of life coaching. Etta Brown, in her explanation of available treatments for dyslexia, concludes that ‘the most important aspect of any treatment plan is attitude’. ‘Attitude’ is also an essential component of Emerson & Loehr’s ‘Recipe for Success’ (2008), which can ‘compensate for deficiencies in Aptitude or Resources’ (2008:6). When looking at the options available to achieve the set goals it is therefore important for the coach not to make suggestions but to encourage the client to seek their own options, thus gaining confidence in their abilities to move forward.

Of course, there will be times when clients feel that the obstacles caused by their disabilities are insurmountable. Coaching techniques such as prioritising, thought stopping, anchoring and reframing can all help the client to manage these situations better. When reframing or developing positive anchors with clients whose fears of failure are linked to dyslexia, a good trick is to refer to famous personalities who have also suffered from dyslexia and who became very successful none the less. Examples include Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise, Kiera Knightley, Leonardo da Vinci, Cher, John Lennon, Andy Warhol, John F. Kennedy, Henry Ford, Agatha Christie and Walt Disney – just to name a few!

Dyslexia is an obstacle which affects the lives of many. The best way to overcome this obstacle – as with most other obstacles – is to examine it and then decide upon and implement a strategy for it to be most effectively overcome. The skills and techniques prevalent in any coaching process – the importance of rapport building, questioning, listening or the GROW Model, to name but a few – when underpinned by an awareness of the issues and problems related to dyslexia, can help clients ‘overcome almost any obstacle’ (Ellis, 2006:3), thus leading a happier, more successful and fulfilling life.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Brown, E.; www.understanding-learning-disabilities.com

Downey, M.; Effective Coaching. Texere, 2003.

Ellis, D.; Life Coaching: A Guide for Helping Professionals. Carmarthen: Crown House Publishing, 2006.

Martin, C.; The Life Coaching Handbook. Crown House Publishing, 2001.

The British Dyslexia Association Website: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/



By Matthew Bonnici B.of Philosophy, Educational Studies, SNHS Dip. (Life Coaching, Advanced Life Coaching) HI Dip. (Life Coaching)
All rights reserved. Any reproducing of this article must have the author name and all the links intact.

Author: B.of Philosophy, Educational Studies, SNHS Dip. (Life Coaching, Advanced Life Coaching) HI Dip. (Life Coaching)

Biography: Matthew has worked in various educational settings in Europe and is currently teaching at a primary school in Germany.

ALSO VIEW OUR
Training Courses
Total : (56)
   Title
Sort by Title A-Z
Sort by Title Z-A
Acupressure Home Study Diploma Course
Acupressure Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Aromatherapy Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy/Psychotherapy Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Flower Remedies Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Herbalism Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Life Coaching Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Meridian Psychotherapy Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Nutrition (Holistic) Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Past Life Therapy Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Reflexology Home Study Diploma Course
Advanced Stress Management Home Study Diploma Course
Allergy Testing Home Study Course
Anatomy and Physiology
Aromatherapy Home Study Diploma Course
Aromatherapy Home Study Diploma Course
Business & Marketing for Holistic Therapists
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) home study course
Child Psychology Home Study Diploma Course
Colour Therapy home study diploma course
Crystal Healing home study diploma course
Diabetes Risk Awareness Home Study Course
Dream Therapy home study diploma course
Drug & Alcohol Counselling home study diploma course
Flower Remedies home study diploma course
Holistic Dowsing home study course
Holistic Herbalism Home Study Diploma Course
Holistic Massage Therapy home study course
Holistic Nutrition Home Study Diploma Course
Holistic Pain Management Home Study Diploma Course
Holistic Skincare Products Home Study Diploma Course
Homoeopathy home study course
Hopi Ear Candling (Thermo-Auricular Therapy) Home Study Course
Hot Stone Therapy Home Study Course
Hypnotherapy home study diploma course
Indian Face Massage Home Study Diploma Course
Indian Head Massage home study diploma course
Iridology Home Study Diploma Course
Kinesiology Home Study Diploma Course
Life Coaching Home Study Diploma Course
Medical Hypnotherapy Home Study Diploma Course
Meditation Home Study Diploma Course
Meridian Psychotherapy home study course
NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) home study diploma course
Past Life Therapy (Past Life Regression)
Philosophy home study diploma course
Professional Relaxation Therapy home study diploma
Psychotherapy & Counselling home study diploma course
Reflexology home study diploma course
Reiki (Theory) home study diploma course
Shiatsu home study diploma course
Sports Nutrition home study diploma course
Sports Psychology home study diploma course
Stop Smoking Home Study Diploma Course
Stress Management home study diploma course
Yoga home study diploma course
Articles
(Total : 7)
  Title
Sort by Title A-Z
Sort by Title Z-A
Allergy Therapy
Combining Life Coaching with NLP and CBT
Life Coaching for Adults with Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties
Natural Stress Busters
Reflexology and Stress
The Changing Image of a Therapist's Practice
The Raw Food Diet


Contact Form

Please use this form to contact Matthew Bonnici
** This form is intended for those with genuine enquiries/questions.
 

Name
Company (if any)
Comments
Email
Phone
  To avoid misuse and spamming, please enter the verification code, shown below, to send your message. Thank you
 
if you can't read the image text to load another one.
Enter Code
 

Disclaimer and Terms. This article is the opinion of the author. WorldwideHealth.com makes no claims regarding this information. WorldwideHealth.com recommends that all medical conditions should be treated by a physician competent in treating that particular condition. WorldwideHealth.com takes no responsibility for customers choosing to treat themselves. Your use of this information is at your own risk. Your use of this information is governed by WWH terms and conditions.

left border
Space
right border
space
Home | Alternative Medicine | Directory | Health Article | Health Video | Daily Health News | Training Courses | Associations | Ecards | Members Link to Us |
Health Related Web Links | Site Map | about us | Contact Us | Add Health Articles to Your Site Complementary Alternative Medicine, Natural Remedies, Alternative Health Articles


Use of service subject to terms and conditions
Copyright Worldwidehealth.com © 2003-2012