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NLP Spelling Strategy Design and Installation

Spelling Elicitation

  1. Start at the beginning. "When I give you the word ... what is the first thing you do on the inside?"
  2. Backtrack and go on. "So first you ... and then what?" Make sure they behaviorally follow you with each step.
  3. Make sure that you get a step(s) that has to do with how to spell the word. (Some bad spellers do not have one.) "How do you know how to spell ...?"
  4. "When you see, hear or feel that how do you know that it is right?"
  5. Get only as much detail as you need.

Bad spellers are made not born. Bad spellers are not learning disabled. They were teacher-disabled.

Inappropriate Spelling Strategies

  • Negative K - Begin with a bad feeling
  • Phonetic - sound it out - only 50% accuracy
  • Visual construct - creative spelling - piece by piece

Excellent Spelling Strategy

  • Asked to spell the word - may repeat it internally.
  • See the word - visual remembered - may defocus rapidly - ask to spell backwards - rapid.
  • Feeling of familiarity or not - look for shift in breathing or gestures.
  • How good a speller they are depends on what they read.
  • If no feeling of familiarity do a visual construct until get feeling.
  • Secondary strategy for words for which no memory image exists.
  • Final K is a motivator for continual improvement.

Installing The Spelling Strategy

  • "Do you have any objections to being a good speller?"
  • New strategy is only for the context of spelling.
  • New strategy will not result in instantly being an expert speller but will result in rapid improvement.
  • Check for reverse wiring.
  • "Can you think of a good friend?"
  • Simplest method is rehearsing.
  • Reframe only if necessary.
  • "I am going to give you a word. As soon as I do, look up here (hold hand in their visual remember), allow an image of the word to appear, and as soon as it does, look down here (hold hand in their K) to get a feeling of familiarity or not."
  • Use simple words initially.
  • Have them spell words in reverse.

Common Problems

  1. People try to create the word while looking in visual remembered. "Look up here and wait until you see the word the way you have seen it before. Allow the image to pop up."
  2. If people draw a blank, write out the word and hold it up in visual remember. Have them look at it and then close their eyes and see it internally as a memory image.
  3. Hold the word up for a short period. If too long some people will try to describe it rather than see it.
  4. Have them visualize the word on something that they can remember easily.
  5. A person keeps going back to their old strategy rather than using the new one. Reframe the persistent voice. If first step is a negative K, then create a resource anchor (or use a dissociated-state rehearsal if necessary).

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