Working With Me

Core Beliefs

Every child has the capacity to learn.

They may not learn at the same pace or in the same way. They may not need to learn the same thing at the same time. They may not have the same motivation or the same interests. But they all can learn and they all can learn to read, spell and do maths.

A learning difficulty is actually a teaching difficulty.

All students are unique and there can’t possibly be one right way for a variety of individuals to learn. We need to question policies that demand one way of teaching.

Neurodiversity is "The diversity of human brains and minds".

The infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species.

Just because a particular brain is functioning differently from the currently accepted ‘norm’, it doesn’t mean there is something ‘wrong’ with it, that there is a disorder or difference to be fixed or cured.

Our aim is to find a way that works for that particular brain!

Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy™

The technique I use is based on sound research and recent developments in neuro-science.

It has its roots in the Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Spelling Strategy created by Robert Dilts, one of the early developers of NLP. This strategy has been further enhanced through the work of Olive Hickmott and is known as ‘Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy™.’


The Jumpstarting Literacy and Numeracy™ processes teach the underlying, essential skills needed to spell, read and manipulate numbers. Once learnt, they can work alongside any programmes being taught in school.

How Do Good Spellers Spell?

Olive, who is dyslexic herself, set out to discover how excellent spellers manage to learn how to spell words so quickly and easily. She discovered there are two essential, basic factors that are common to all good spellers.

• They are in a positive, stress free, high performance state.
• They can recall a clear, stable image of the word they are learning in their mind’s eye.

Working with many dyslexic brains, I have found that either no picture of the letters in the word is being formed or there is a confusion of letters swimming around all over the place!

The Missing Skill is the Ability to Visualise Words in The Mind’s Eye

This method does not ‘cure’ dyslexia – you get to keep all your amazing gifts and talents and you are able to spell and read too!

Through learning this missing skill, you get a completely new perspective on your experience of what is termed a ‘learning difficulty’ so that you can use your natural strengths and achieve success.

Learning to Read, Work with Numbers and Other Learning

Once you have learnt the basic Jumpstarting™ processes, you can learn to use your new visualisation skills for reading, working with numbers and indeed, all curriculum areas.

  • 1 to 1 Coaching

    Contact me to arrange a 30-minute chat to find out whether this process is right for you or your child, agree our aims and number of sessions.

  • The Jumpstart!

    The first step we take is to help you find a positive emotional state and then, through careful coaching questions, I help you find your way to visualise letters and words. This process usually takes one session of between one to two hours.

  • Follow-Up Session 1

    Consolidation of the skill, extension into any other areas of difficulty.

  • Follow-Up Session 2

    Ensure you/your child are confident to use the new skills independently in all areas of learning.


These three sessions are usually all it takes to get you/your child on the way to learning success. However, some people appreciate more on-going support.

On-going Sessions

I am available for regular sessions to clear any other blocks to learning success we need to address e.g. exam stress, study skills, motivation etc.

Sessions can be held over the internet, e.g. using Skype.

On-line Courses

I want to reach as many people as possible and realise that working face-to-face is not always a practical option. I have, therefore teamed up with my colleague Sara Haboubi to create a series of on-line trainings.

Contact Me For A Free 30 Minute Consultation