The Jumpstarting™ System is a

new, ground-breaking approach

to overcoming learning difficulties

and problems with basic learning skills.

A Unique Visual Process to Support Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia & Dyscalculia.

The Jumpstarting™ System:  

Addressing the Underlying Issues of Dyslexia.

The processes used in the system are based on those developed by Olive Hickmott of Empowering Learning™ UK . A dyslexic herself, Olive discovered the process while trying to overcome her own problems with reading and spelling.

We know that students who are struggling with reading and spelling are not using their mental imagery skills effectively for these activities.

We also know, and most parents and teachers are well aware too, that stress plays a big part in learning difficulties.

The Jumpstarting™ System comprises processes that address these two issues.

What’s different about The Jumpstarting™ System

We give you the knowledge and tools for you to help yourself or your child to use mental imagery effectively for learning.

It’s not a scheme of work or set of materials – you can do the course at your own pace and there are no hidden costs.

By addressing the underlying issues many of the related problems, such as lack of self-confidence, begin to go away.

It is not just another phonics programme in disguise! The Jumpstarting™ System helps people to develop and control their mental imagery, the vital missing skill.


”From what I am seeing mental imagery is the missing piece of the puzzle for a number of children who are struggling with phonics and it can be used with any phonics scheme. The Jumpstarting™ System excites me more than anything else I have seen in my 24 years of teaching.” Muiríosa McCarthy

Vice Principal - JI Teacher

Mental Imagery: A Vital Skill for all Learning

  • Mental imagery is essential for reading, effective spelling, reading comprehension, mental calculations, problem-solving and legible handwriting, etc.
  • Although nearly all good spellers see words in their mind’s eye and fluent readers recognise words instantly, the importance of mental imagery is often overlooked.
  • Some students require guidance on how to develop and control their internal mental imagery.
  • It was previously believed that mental imagery was a skill that was inherent. We now know that it CAN be taught to those who are not using it automatically.

Dealing with Stress: An Effective Learning State


  • Stress can be a major barrier to learning as, when stressed, it is more difficult to create new memories and recall information. This is due to the effect that the stress hormone cortisol has on parts of the brain.
  • Children learn best when in an effective learning state, which is a relaxed body and an alert mind.
  • Some children cannot develop or control their mental imagery skills until they are in a calm and focused state.
  • Being in an effective learning state helps to reduce stress, increase concentration and focus and as a result improves memory and recall.
  • Simple strategies for reducing stress quickly are useful for each individual, indeed the whole family and classroom too!

Developing  Metacognition:

Exploring Inner Learning Experiences

The Jumpstarting™ System takes a forensic approach to help uncover what is really going on inside the mind of a struggling learner. It includes the following:

  • Asking specific discovery questions to help the learner become aware of what is happening inside their mind and body when they are reading or spelling.
  • Using the answers to these ‘discovery’ questions to identify the blocks to learning.
  • Processes to help the student develop more effective learning strategies.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants…

Our Influencers

Olive Hickmott is the founder of Empowering Learning™ and would have been assessed as Dyslexic by today’s standards. She is pleased, never to have been given the label as she has subsequently avoided feeling limited and humiliated.  She wants to change, the focus of learning difficulties away from simply supporting the individual with their perceived deficit. Instead, she is offering teachers and parents the skills to enable our exceptionally talented, creative and imaginative students to learn in a way that works best for them.

She has become an internationally known expert in how people learn visually and how they can make the best use of their visual skills.  Creative visual learning is a natural, essential skill that is currently under-acknowledged.  Olive is an NLP Master Practitioner, Accredited Energetic NLP Practitioner, a Thought Pattern Management Master Practitioner and a Certified Coach.

Olive left her corporate life as an Engineering Director in 1990 and founded her own business.  She is a Director of the Hickmott Partnership and The International Association for Health and Learning.  Over the last decade she has trained a large network of Practitioners in the UK, Europe and worldwide. If you would like to learn more about Olive or to contact her directly:

email:  Tel: +44 (0) 7970-854388

Robert Dilts has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) – a model of human behavior, learning and communication – since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. A long time student and colleague of both Grinder and Bandler, Robert also studied personally with Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Gregory Bateson.

In addition to spearheading the applications of NLP in education, creativity, health, and leadership, his personal contributions to the field of NLP include much of the seminal work on the NLP techniques of Strategies and Belief Systems, and the development of what has become known as ‘Systemic NLP.’ Some of his techniques and models include: Reimprinting, Integration of Conflicting Beliefs, Sleight of Mouth Patterns, The Spelling Strategy, The Allergy Technique, Neuro-Logical Levels, The Belief Change Cycle, Generative NLP Patterns, the Unified Field Theory for NLP and many others.

Click here to find out more about Robert Dilts and his achievements.

Art Giser was awed by how many people could transform their lives using NLP, and he was awed how people could transform their lives using transformative energy work, intuition development, and spiritual development.

He began to explore combining these different areas in order to create something that was more powerful than any one system alone.  The result is Energetic NLP.

Art has over 33 years’ experience in and study of NLP, science, psychic development, and energetic and spiritual healing. He studied with all of the major developers of NLP including Richard Bandler, John Grinder and Robert Dilts.

Art has also studied with incredible energy practitioners who taught from Western, Indian, Philippine and Brazilian traditions. He continues to develop Energetic NLP into the wonderful field that it is today.

He currently lives in Los Angeles and San Francisco and has clients in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, India, Russia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Brazil

Thomas G. West is the author of Seeing What Others Cannot See (2017),

In the Mind’s Eye (1991 and 1997) and Thinking Like Einstein (2004). A second edition of In the Mind’s Eye was published in September 2009 with a new Foreword from Oliver Sacks, MD — who says that “In the Mind’s Eye . . . stands alongside Howard Gardner’s Frames of Mind as a testament to the range of human talent and possibility.” In connection with In the Mind’s Eye and Thinking Like Einstein,

West has been invited to give talks for scientific, medical, art, design, computer and business groups in the U.S. and overseas, including groups in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Dubai-UAE, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and twelve European countries. He has recently completed a third book on high level creativity and brain diversity, Seeing What Others Cannot See. He has focused on highly talented people with dyslexia or Asperger syndrome along with visual thinking and the broad impact of new information-rich visual technologies.

Dyslexia: Jumpstarting™ Word Skills for Parents

Our online dyslexia course for parents teaches you how to help your child to overcome their learning difficulties.

Jumpstarting™ Word & Number Skills for Educators

An online dyslexia and dyscalculia course which offers a unique visual system to integrate into your existing programmes.

Jumpstarting™ Learning Coaching - Face-to-Face Coaching

We also provide the opportunity to work face to face with us or with another Jumpstarting™ Learning Coach.

Meet Sara - Course Co-Developer, Trainer, Learning Coach and International Speaker

I’m the mother of two boys, both of whom had some difficulties early on with learning to spell. Fortunately, I was able to use the processes I learnt from Olive Hickmott to help them.

Previously an engineering consultant and project manager for 10 years, I radically changed direction in careers in 2002 when I studied Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). I became a Master Practitioner and Trainer and have been running my own training and consulting business since 2003. Through this, I discovered how the power to change lives within each of us, providing we know how.

My passion is applying these tools and techniques in the area of education. Since meeting Olive Hickmott, I have been helping students, previously believed to have chronic and life-long learning difficulties, to overcome the debilitating symptoms and move forward in their lives. In fact, I was so taken with the process that I explored the impact of using it with adults with dyslexia in my Master’s research project, with great success.

As well as a partner in Jumpstarting Learning Skills, I am also the Managing Director of Quantum Leaps which provides one to one coaching, workshops and training courses.

You can learn more about me at –

Or contact me directly:


Tel: + 353 (0) 860775452

Meet Paula - Course Co-Developer, Retired Head Teacher, Trainer and Learning Coach

I have over 35 years’ experience in the field of education as primary school class teacher, literacy subject leader, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Headteacher, Adult Literacy Tutor and Leadership Trainer.

I retired from full time work in 2011, but just had to come out of retirement when I learnt about this process.

It was what I had been searching for all my professional life! I am now committed to spending my retirement years empowering parents and encouraging schools to adopt this approach in their everyday practice.

I have trained staff in over 40 schools and have also run courses at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. I have worked with hundreds of private clients, and enjoy seeing their success.

I have always been passionate about personal development and enabling others to be the best they can be. I have a Certificate in Counselling Skills in Education, am a Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), am an INLPTA accredited Master Life Coach and an NLP Trainer, certified by NLP co-creator, John Grinder.

As well as a partner in Jumpstarting Learning Skills, I am a Learning Coach and Trainer.

You can learn more about me at

Or contact me directly:


Tel: + 44 (0) 7565789151

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Jumpstarting™ Team here.

Any more questions please do not hesitate to get in touch here.