Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP for children – why and how does it work?

Posted on March 1st, 2017

NLP for childrenIs your child a visual learner, or does he or she learn by doing? Traditional teaching methods don’t always accommodate the different ways in which children learn, so teachers are starting to use Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help pupils learn better.

Sian Goodspeed, founder of Flying Start Tuition in Chesham, who is also a certified NLP practitioner, explains how NLP can help your child to become a more confident and independent learner and thinker. Flying Start uses NLP approaches in their tutoring to help children overcome negative beliefs about themselves and to get them into a calm and focused state before they start learning.

What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?

It 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 thoughts, emotions and 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.  

How is NLP used in the classroom?

Learning is the process of obtaining knowledge. In order to obtain knowledge, children have to process information, and NLP deals with the different ways in which they do this.

 NLP basically divides learning styles into three main categories: visual learning, in which the child responds best to visual stimuli such as videos, demonstration, reading and charts; auditory learning where the child prefers to have things explained to them and kinesthetic learning where children learn best when they do an activity themselves, such as through doing experiments.

A teacher applying NLP in the classroom will use different techniques to identify the different learning styles of their students, and to adjust their way of teaching and materials to ensure that every student has the best possible opportunity to take in information.

What are NLP learning strategies?

NLP techniques shift the focus from simply memorising information to using all the senses when learning something new.

What are the benefits?

The method has been shown to give students more confidence in their ability to learn, which means they do better!

At Flying Start Tuition, we incorporate many of the tools and techniques into our lessons.  NLP techniques are embedded into all our lesson plans and staff members are trained in the methods. 

To find out more about NLP contact us and book a free consultation today. 

Watch out for our next blogs in which we’ll describe the anchoring technique and how to get your child into a learning state.

 You can also learn more about our approach to NLP on our website