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Seeing Spells Achieving: Improve your spelling, reading, memory, dyslexic symptoms, in any language, by using your brain the way nature intended, through NLP and visualisation Paperback – 3 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (3 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904312209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904312208
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Seeing Spells Achieving has been written for those who struggle with words, and those who support them, such as parents or teachers. The writers claim that 100% of dyslexics do not use visualisation to see words. The book teaches visualisation which is a skill that is useful not only for spelling, but also for comprehension. Hickmott and Bendefy are both qualified in Neurolinguistic Programming. Dyslexia specialists have usually heard of the NLP spelling method which is based on how good spellers spell. This method is clearly explained and is a more efficient way of learning spelling than a laborious working through;the minefield of rules and counter rules; of the English language. Exercises to develop visual memory start with objects and then move on to individual words and text. These exercises are well structured and emphasise the same need for practice that any new skill requires before it becomes second nature. The book does more than work on visualisation skills. It uses techniques from NLP to help learners replace self-limiting beliefs with more positive thoughts. Exercises help learners to implement change and to become unstuck; from feelings of failure and worthlessness about their previous learning. Seeing Spells Achieving&; is suitable for those who support dyslexics because its explanations are much more accessible than its title would indicate. It is particularly appropriate for use with those dyslexics who believe that they will never be able to spell. --British Dyslexia Association Magazine.

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Andrew and Olive are both NLP Master Practitioners and Certified Coaches.


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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Van Eesteren on 1 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
Having tried so many 'complicated' and time consuming approaches to help my son, I didnot think we had the energy left to try one more !! Luckily a friend kept 'badgering' me and I finally capitulated as she insisted this Seeing Spells Achieving method could have considerable results even in the firstsession with Olive Hickmott. We were lucky enough to live not far from her and so able to see her personally and from that meeting I bought 1st 1 then 5 more copies of this remarkable little book to pass on to friends whose children were experiencing difficulties with reading, writing, memorising, mental arithmetic, or under achieving at school in any way. This simple method really works and it's EASY and FAST which is a 1st as far as I have discovered in 9 years of trying anything and everything I could to help my son. He insisted that I tell his Headmaster at school about SSA as and I quote:- '' I don't want the other children to suffer the way I did and this can really help them!!'' The book is easy to follow but if like me you need to see things in action, Olive and Andrew are incredibly reasonable to consult personally with or will help via email or telephone so there is lots of support to this little gem, I cann't recommend it highly enough.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By S. Emecz on 30 May 2007
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The book is reviewed in this month's BDA magazine by leading learning difficulties expert Bernadette McLean from the Helen Arkell Centre.

"Seeing Spells Achieving has been written for those who struggle with words, and those who support them, such as parents or teachers. The writers claim that 100% of dyslexics do not use visualisation to see words. The book teaches visualisation which is a skill that is useful not only for spelling, but also for comprehension. Hickmott and Bendefy are both qualified in Neurolinguistic Programming. Dyslexia specialists have usually heard of the NLP spelling method which is based on how good spellers spell. This method is clearly explained and is a more efficient way of learning spelling than a laborious working through "the minefield of rules and counter rules" of the English language. Exercises to develop visual memory start with objects and then move on to individual words and text. These exercises are well structured and emphasise the same need for practice that any new skill requires before it becomes second nature. The book does more than work on visualisation skills. It uses techniques from NLP to help learners replace self-limiting beliefs with more positive thoughts. Exercises help learners to implement change and to become "unstuck" from feelings of failure and worthlessness about their previous learning. "Seeing Spells Achieving" is suitable for those who support dyslexics because its explanations are much more accessible than its title would indicate. It is particularly appropriate for use with those dyslexics who believe that they will never be able to spell".
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Keely S on 6 Nov. 2006
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After having unsuccessfully tried many approaches to spelling with an 11 year old girl, I read "Seeing Spelling Achieving" and decided to try this simple approach.

I helped the child begin to visualise pictures and words and she gained some confidence very quickly with this. However three weeks into secondary school she was given 13 French words to learn. This was perceived by her as a completely impossible task.

In order to try out the ideas in the book we divided the group of words into feminine and masculine and we then set about visualising every object either pink (feminine) or blue (masculine) as she clearly had to learn gender and spelling. For the feminine words we visually placed all the words one after the other into a large pink box (as that was one of the words) and then put all the masculine words into a large blue satchel (again one of the words).

When the test day arrived, she could visualise how the words were spelt and also what colour they were and therefore their gender. The child was really pleased.

Following the test the teacher asked them all how they had learnt the words. The child relayed this technique and the teacher thought it was really positive and commended it to the rest of the class.

I have found this book inspirational in enabling both children and adults to begin to overcome some of the difficulties that they have experienced in spelling.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By chandler on 30 Mar. 2006
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This book is a must for everyone, young and old, with any kind of spelling problems. I have used (and am still using) word visualisation with my 6 year old daughter who has spelling issues, not only has it given her the confidence to try to spell words, it has also taught her a new way of dealing with spelling, something she now uses every day. Thoroughly recommended.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By EC on 12 Feb. 2010
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I came to this book knowing how useful visualisation is and with high hopes that I would learn some interesting new perspectives. I was disappointed. A great deal of the book is taken up with describing how people feel about their difficulties with reading and spelling. They already know this. Not only will you have to wade through this but also through many pages about how the gift of being able to see things from many different perspectives is a hindrance when it comes to reading and spelling.
The text is a confusing mix of self-belief and NLP strategies and the authors prefer their theory that difficulty with spelling results from a lack of self-belief. Readers are told to "avoid genetics". Hmm...
If you are looking for straightforward and original spelling techniques, you will be disappointed. The authors' answer to difficulties is "visualisation" (many words in the book are put in inverted commas). The words and pictures of a cat and a bird are not particularly illuminating; it is easy to visualise a cat with the letters c a t, but, as the authors acknowledge, it is not so easy to visualise words such as "who" and "sure". Their solution to this problem is to visualise the letters...
The authors talk a lot about "bewildering", in fact a whole section of the book is devoted to it; what triggers it, how to overcome "bewildering" and the many different ways you may feel when you are "bewildering", as they put it. By the time you have finished reading this book you may be feeling more than a little bewildered.
I found this book a bit of a muddle, going off on too many irrelevant tangents, and I would definitely not recommend it.
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