Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Kids and Exercise

Just a quick word on an article I read today. It said we must get kids to exercise more. When I was a kid the idea of us having to exercise was a nonsense. We were never in. We ran about from morning till night.
But then we weren't ferried back and forwards to school or the mall or where ever before plonking ourselves in front of computer games or TV for the rest of the night.
Stop driving your kids everywhere, let them get the bus. Much more enjoyable for them with more chance of increasing their social skills and even understanding of themselves as they become more independent. In fact, isn't that our job? Making kids Independent of us?


 Last week I had a 90 minute session with a young student and his mum from North Carolina. They had bought a couple of my techniques, the Internal Eyescan and Study Relaxer from the website and I was going through the techniques with them and doing a general counselling session with both. 

Another session is planned for later this month. I must say I love the concept of being able to work with people thousands of miles away using a free medium like Skype, free if both parties have Skype that is.

This particular 14 year old is a typical right brain boy, very smart but very sensitive, doesn't take criticism too well because he has no idea of his real potential. But  after 90 minutes talking to me and reading articles of mine on Intelligence he is beginning to understand that his problems are mechanical rather than intellectual.

This will have a tremendous affect on his confidence and self esteem which in turn will benefit his entire life especially academic life. No doubt more Skype work will follow as the year wears on.

I should add this young man is one of tens of thousands in America who are being home schooled (mainly in school groups in this case).

Thursday, 2 February 2012


The Edinburgh Techniques, first devised in the mid 80s to help dyslexics and slow learners are now being re-written for North Highland Publishing.

From 1986 till 1997 clients came to the Edinburgh Centre for Accelerated Learning in Merchiston or Hampshire. In 1997 the Techniques were written up for our new website: www.edinburghtechniques.co.uk

They were colourful and raucous, appealing more to the young students than their parents and teachers, but Kindle, for whom the updates are aimed are shorter and more to the point, also Kindle can't handle colour at this point. Major companies here and in America will be involved in the sale of the Techniques, the first of which, Conquer Spelling will be available soon.

 Conquer Tables and the Reading Out Loud books should be completed by mid February. They will be followed by a book to sharpen Mental Arithmetic using patterns and a Relaxation Story for the under 12s to combat Exam Nerves and Tackle Bed-wetting, nightmares and sleepwalking.

As the weeks go on I'll be speaking about educational matters generally and the importance of Relaxation, Self Esteem and Confidence to Information Intake, storage and recall.

Feel free to leave comments and/or email me directly: brian@edinburghtechniques.co.uk