Video recordings

Introduction

Video recordings of some of the exercises in the books are available from this page. 

The book icons indicate which book they come from; page numbers are also given.

Any relevant templates can be found on the templates page of this website.

Many of these exercises can be used by anyone whether they are dyslexic/ SpLD or not.


State of mind: includes exercises to explore

  • how your mind thinks
  • how different attitudes influence your mind and body
  • how you can change into a more positive and helpful state of mind.

SpLD issues: 3 exercises dealing with managing dyslexia/ SpLD and 1 exercise on spatial awareness.


Stress: 3 exercises about stress and 4 to reduce stress.

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(NLP: NeuroLInguistic Programming)

Know your own mind


The exercise allows you to explore how you think, as well as being a good way to learn to focus your mind and concentrate. There are two parts:

              1a Know Your Own Mind – Exercise

              1b Know Your Own Mind – Example. 

The first talks you through the exercise.  The second is an example of how to draw out the insights into the way your mind is working.


You can use the Template B2: Know Your Own Mind to do the exercise.  The Template E1: List of Options for Thinking Preferences has other suggestions about the ways people think.


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Multiple Intelligence in practice


This exercise allows you to reflect on your use of the thinking preference options described in the Multiple Intelligence theory. The video includes Sally Fowler reading the tables of information about the Multiple Intelligences.


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Sit-stand (NLP)


(NLP: NeuroLInguistic Programming)


This is a reflective exercise that allows you to experience the interaction between your physical body, your psychological state and your thinking. The first part talks you through the exercise; the second contains conversation after Sally Fowler has done the exercise with Ginny Stacey guiding.


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Exploring changes in sub-modalities depending on classification (NLP)


(NLP: NeuroLInguistic Programming)


This exercise allows you to see how the language you use changes your internal attitude to a situation.

You can see how using positive language gives you more options.


The exercise is written for two people. One person could do it on their own by using the video as the second person.


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Walking through Dilts’ levels (NLP)


(NLP: NeuroLInguistic Programming)


Your response to a particular situation can be affected by the environment, the behaviour of those involved, what you and others are capable of, reasons to engage with the situation, the value of the situation and any goals. Walking through Dilts’ levels is a way of reflecting on all the different influences and resolving anything that is blocking progress.


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Visualisation – a happy event


Visualising a happy event brings the good feelings back to you and allows you to bring them into the present.


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Visualisation – building a house or garden


Building a house or garden for people you care about is a good way to appreciate your good qualities.


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Ideal state of mind


An exercise that helps you scan material to find out what it is about before spending effort reading. The scanning can help with subsequent reading; you might find the material isn’t as relevant as you expected it to be and so you avoid reading it.


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Accelerated state of learning


An exercise to prepare for effective learning. The exercise is built round breathing. If paying attention to breathing is something that makes you feel uncomfortable, try double doodle ( p 276) instead.


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Lazy 8s


This exercise uses movements done in particular ways to calm the mind. It is a useful exercise before any study.


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PACE 1-4


This is a series of exercises that can prepare you for learning. Also, they allow you to have a short break during working or learning when you have got mentally stuck. They only take a few minutes and they prevent you getting distracted by other activities.


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Developing skills for managing dyslexia/ SpLD


The exercise allows you to reflect on situations when dyslexia/ SpLD has been an issue. It uses the four components of managing dyslexia/ SpLD: pitfalls, pausing, thinking preferences and goals; it is a good idea to know what these are before using this exercise. The exercise guides you to consider each component and work out how you want to develop your skills for managing dyslexia/ SpLD.


Useful templates:       D1 – Managing Dyslexia/ SpLD (spatial)

                                           D2 – Managing Dyslexia/ SpLD (linear)


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To work out what is needed for an activity


The exercise uses visualisation to help you realise what is needed for an activity. It helps you to take what is necessary without taking everything you think might be necessary.


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Resolving problems in your paperwork system


Paperwork is more straightforward and easier to deal with when you identify problems and do something about them.  This exercise helps you identify problems and deal with them.  You are advised to use your favourite Materials and Methods ( p 56) for the exercise.  Use the pause icon if the silences for reflection are not long enough.


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Relating to the space around you


The exercise allows you to compare why you feel uncomfortable in one place and comfortable in another.

You can see if there is anything you can do to increase your comfort in the uncomfortable places. Use the pause icon if the silences for reflection are not long enough.


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Stress (emotions involved)


The exercise helps you to look more closely at stress and the emotions it generates.  By naming different emotions, you can start to reduce the difficulties that stress creates. Use the pause icon if the silences for reflection are not long enough.  This exercise is the first part of Taking the Stress out of Pitfalls 1  ( p 69)


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Taking the Stress out of Pitfalls 1


This recording contains two exercises. The first helps you name the emotions that come with stress; it is a second version of the video recording Stress,  p 69.  The second exercise is an opportunity to look at a pitfall of your dyslexia/ SpLD and reflect how you could manage it more easily or how you might get help with it. Use the pause icon if the silences for reflection are not long enough.


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Taking Stress out of Pitfalls 2


This exercise uses a meditative approach to allow you to work with your body to reduce the stress that often comes with the pitfalls of dyslexia/ SpLD.


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Breathing 1


The exercise helps you to know the difference between abdominal breathing and upper-chest breathing. The first section is a caution about feeling dizzy when doing breathing exercises.


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Breathing 2


The exercise combines the breath and parts of the body in a repeated cycle to help you relax. The first section is a caution about feeling dizzy when doing breathing exercises.


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Breathing 3


The exercise uses a cycle of two breaths to relax the whole body. The first section is a caution about feeling dizzy when doing breathing exercises.


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Physical relaxation 1


Major muscle groups are tightened and released in turn. You work systematically through your body to relax it. This is a good exercise to use if you are not used to being able to relax deliberately.


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Physical relaxation 2


Feeling the sensations in your body and then releasing them is a good way to be able to relax the body.


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