I love getting feedback from people about how they are using NLP, even more so when they work with children. You never know how far a change might go! This from Harriet, an independent Speech & Language Therapist in the Blackpool area, who completed the Practitioner training in June 2018.
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you, 6 months on after finishing the Practitioner course.
I’ve got a couple of children that I’ve been seeing for NLP sessions, which has been totally amazing! Both with anxiety issues around school, and we’re making such amazing progress. I’ve got another child starting soon, with similar issues, so I’m becoming a specialist at getting children back into school!
It’s been incredible watching the children react to the techniques we learnt. I’ve found that I’ve adapted a lot of the techniques, and we’ve done most of them sitting down. 12 year old boys aren’t as up for standing up and walking around the museum of old beliefs as us NLP students!! But it’s been really fascinating hearing their reactions, watching their body language as they transition between emotions and, most importantly, learning to use their language so that it works for them. The boy I’m working with at the moment swore blind that triggers/anchors just weren’t his thing and that he doesn’t do things like that (said in a very derogatory, 12 year old way!!!). He later said that he could ‘place’ himself into different feelings, and during the technique his trigger became a deep breath. So we ditched the word trigger and now say ‘breathe’ the calm, or ‘place yourself’, and the trigger works beautifully!!! 😉
Poo towers are still a hit, and I’ve used them with every child I’ve worked with! Gets a smile every time!!
We’ve also used the boy’s love of art to paint pictures when we’re doing submodalities – he wouldn’t allow himself to change the colour / size of an image, so I asked if he could paint the picture in his mind. He did, and then he used his own personal set of paints that represented all his different feelings to add light, warmth and neutral colours to the negative picture he’d ‘painted’. It was amazing! He loves art, and so he can now do this himself and has so much more control of brining some positive into his negative moods, doing something that he loves.
I think what I love so much is that it’s so incredibly personal and unique to each person I work with. My speech therapy work is planned and has a set of goals, but the NLP work is so free and can shift and change to exactly what the person needs – I’ve pretty much given up planning my sessions and just go with the flow! I decided rather than write up my notes after each session, I’d write them in a letter form for the child. This way, he gets to read all the amazing stuff he’s done, and keep a record of all the things we’ve covered, and I get to do my bit of story writing each session as I weave in real positive messages and pick out the important points. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed working as much as I have doing these sessions.
And I still use NLP on a many-times-daily in my Speech and Language Therapy work, and with my family and myself. It’s my toolbox, and I take it everywhere. I’m just loving consolidating and developing all the techniques we learnt in the Practitioner course. So Thank You! It’s an amazing journey I’m starting!” Harriet