Importance of imagination in school success

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Importance of imagination in school success

Imagination is very key to help kids achieve school success because you have to be very relaxed to learn. You have to be very clear to learn. I have one girl who came in, she thought her brain was running after the summer vacation. When she went inside, there were all these black spots where spelling and math was going to be. So she was scared and so worried, she wasn't going to walk in and do well in school. What we did was, we went inside her brain, we imagined going - Of course, we imagined it; and we looked for any of the dark spots. And then we cleaned them out. You could clean them out with a foam or a light, or whatever a child comes up with. And sparkle it up, and take out the gloomy bits and get it ready to learn. And it makes such a difference because it changed her whole attitude. Or another little boy who was terrible in spelling. He would get like 27 errors in a paragraph dictation wrong. So what he did was he called in a spelling wizard. And his spelling wizard practices his flashcard with him, whispered the answers in his ear; and in a few months he went from 27 errors to 3 or 4. It's not really magic, but what it does is it built his confidence up, so he believed he could learn, and he believed he could do well. So that makes a really big difference with the kids.

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Charlotte Reznick, PhD

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Charlotte Reznick, PhD, is a child educational psychologist, a former UCLA Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, and author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success. Dr. Reznick is also creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity and Empowerment, a mindful, positive coping skills program, and writer/producer of several therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens and parents. In addition to her private practice, she is a frequent media consultant, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children's imagination.

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