Dyslexia Help: Understanding Universal Emotions of Learning- A Step Further (Cook, T., 2020)

Dyslexia Help; Cook’s Independent Tutoring, Coaching, & Consulting,LLC
Helping Those with a Neurodifference Enjoy Learning Again!: “ELBERT develops connection, trust, and love by instilling curiosity, autonomy, and attunement in our students.”
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Do you get angry by showing frustration when you are teaching your child? Do you have shame by weeping when you are teaching your child?

[This article is based off my just published Nurture Their Nature preview here https://link.medium.com/HEg2Ccz8Gcb ]

If you have anger, you can have hyperarousal and become frustrated, reactive, impulsive, irritable, anxious, etc. and if you have shame, you can have hypoarousal and become “shut down”, sluggish, needy, weepy, avoidant, etc.. You could have these responses normally! This is why it would be important to practice along with PYAM them!! Also, ask me below about the complete adult ELBERT™ program!! If you know someone with a learning difference and or stress responses, I’d say focus on releasing anger and strength and shame and replace it with empathy. Let’s then talk about the nature-nurture of a learning difference and see other steps for contacting me below!!

Nature– is maturation of brain and body: ability to perceive, give meaning, learn, and act including motivation and resilience. Speaking of the “whole child”- the vagus nerve connects the brain stem to the body. Vagus Nerve- The vagus nerve is one of the cranial nerves that connect the brain to the body. This vagal balance allows the triune brain to monitor and receive information from our environment; The triune includes the brain stem, midbrain, and frontal lobe. The brain stem helps us receive information from our environment. The midbrain helps us to process information from our environment. The frontal lobe to perceive the universal emotions which are the following: shame (sadness), empathy, anger (frustration/anxiety), strength, hatred, courage, grief, and compassion. The vagus nerve (thymus- vagus nerve chakra) can be deactivated, underdeveloped, hypoactive, or going inactive in children (adults-too); therefore, releasing specific inflammatory proteins at the gut-brain axis which can be toxic to the triune brain. The vagal balance is when all chakras are aligned!

The vagus nerve also is connected to RAS including the ACC/HPA. Reticular Activating System (RAS)– The reticular activating system (RAS) is a network of neurons located in the brain stem that project anteriorly to the hypothalamus to mediate behavior, as well as both posteriorly to the thalamus and directly to the cortex for activation of awake, desynchronized cortical EEG patterns (RAS info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYlpZ5F4668). NOTE: ‘The RAS is said to be the gas pedal [slow, accelerate or varied speed processing] that ignites the diencepha-lon (the hypothalamus and thalamus) as well as the cortical areas  [where all long-term memory/storage takes place] of the brain’ (Petty, 1996).

More specifically, the RAS is the connection between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract. Likewise, the vagus nerve has two bunches of sensory nerve cell bodies, and it connects the brainstem to the body and vagal nerves carry somatic and visceral afferents that can alter the activity of brainstem reticular centers. Remember it also allows the brain to monitor and receive information about several of the body’s different functions including the parasympathetic (shame) and sympathetic (anger) response system at the point of the brain-gut axis by activating the seven chakras including the soma/alta major via the vagus nerve, it can continue doing its job of helping us connect our brainstem to the body; lastly, (ARAS) will be activated on the cerebral cortex which is responsible for the achievement of consciousness.

Nurture– is the adaptation of children responding to the demands of the environment in ways that meet their own goals and function in a safe and secure way. It’s also the organization to integrate particular observations (patterns first) into a body to form coherent knowledge; primarily, It’s the basis on the child’s need for meaning and motivation. Lastly, they need to be provided a safe, supportive, healthy, and loving environment to prevent kids from learning from primarily either their mental or emotional body (anger/shame) nor solely etherical (total). Relative to epigenetics (see below), my specific emphasis in the paper and program is the heart for instance: anger being replaced with strength, shame being replaced with empathy and both with love: therefore, they will increase their connection, trust, and love for themselves and others. There’s a lot to be said for Maria Montessori’s observations of trusting the universe along with ‘the child’. If we love and trust our children, this becomes their inner thoughts, feelings, ideas, and perspectives. When they trust their own brain [and heart], they can experience the “gifts of dyslexia” and learn anything the way they learn best.

I also touch on the safe, positive learning environments, toxicity and other environmental factors for instance you can view some of the activities and exercises like PYAM DAILY. In my classes and sessions, I cover the affirmations of strengths [remember trust your brain and heart: I am smart, I can do this, I am love]. A neurodifference can be perceived as having “gifts” such as: We are highly intelligent and have the ability to use tools and strategies to compensate for struggles to read, write, or spell. We may excel at thinking of “outside the box” solutions, seeing a problem from many different sides, and spatial relationships along with the ability to think in 3 dimensions. We often have intuitive and insightful, well-developed social awareness and emotions while possessing a lexicon of words to help with the synonymous “whys of dyslexia”. We also have deep and holistic list-form thinking, problem solving and building/constructing abilities, computer skills and gaming strategies. Lastly, we seek out endeavors of creative, imaginative, visual, artistic and visionary skills, inventing and innovating pursuits.

ELBERT PYAM DAILY: Prayer, Yoga, Affirmation & Meditation

You can do PYAM daily or have a schedule like this one:

MondayTuesday WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
movement mediation/yoga
visual meditation
movement mediation/yoga
visual meditation
study the word
silent meditation
silent meditation

ELBERT Adult CLASS SCHEDULE: BOOK NOW PRESS (First Class Free)…https://www.facebook.com/adultelbertdyslexia/ (BOOK NOW):  

Monday (intention)- strength and empathy:

Tuesday (intention)- harmony  

Wednesday (intention)- courage  

Thursday (intention)- compassion  

Friday (intention)- victory and glory (CHI)


Lord’s Prayer: https://www.lords-prayer-words.com/pdfs/printable_lords_prayer.pdf

Affirmation of Faith Three times is the blessing given in Numbers 6:23, 24:–The LORD bless thee and keep thee (the Father);The LORD make His face shine upon thee; and be gracious unto thee (the Son);The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace (the Holy Spirit). Numbers 6:23-24

Prayer with Jesus: Mark 2

And at once Jesus, becoming fully aware in His spirit that they thus debated within themselves, said to them, Why do you argue (debate, reason) about all this in your hearts? AMPC

Mark 2:8 Jesus knew [knowing-Spirit] immediately what these teachers of the law were thinking [thinking-heart]. So he said to them, “Why do you have these questions in your minds? EASY

Mark 2:10 Jesus perceived in his spirit [knowing-Spirit] that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts [thinking-heart]? CSB

Mark 2: 8 And straightway Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, saith unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts [thinking-heart]? KJV

Mark 2: 8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts [thinking-heart]? ESV

Luke 5:22 When Jesus perceived their thoughts , he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? ESV

With His spirit [our spirit], He knows what we think, question, and reason in our own hearts. We only need to perceive with unity from His spirit then our hearts will be clean.

Other Resources





Psalm 23

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 91 You have made the LORD your defender, the Most High your protector, and so no disaster will strike you, no violence will come near your home. God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones. You will trample down lions and snakes, fierce lions and poisonous snakes. God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD. When they call to me, I will answer them;when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honour them. I will reward them with long life; I will save them.”


Yoga Positions (see below) hold for 7 seconds with each Intention (alternate high/low and left/right)

Low Positions-Center (Chi=Peace, Joy, and Bliss ), Right (Breath-in=Empathy, Breath-out=Shame) & Left (Breath-in=Strength, Breath-out=Anger)

High Positions- Center (Chi=Peace, Joy, and Bliss ), Right (Breath-in=Compassion, Breath-out=Grief) & Left (Breath-in=Courage, Breath-out=Hatred)

Write: POEM https://www.canva.com/design/DAD8n1qeZeM/Q1WIU0iM3PtuoApa7XnkFQ/view?utm_content=DAD8n1qeZeM&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink



Now Affirmations…


1) I have more than enough time to complete all that I need to with ease and grace

2) What I have to say is valuable

3) I have nothing to prove and nothing to hide


4) I respond to others in a way that’s kind, honest, and useful

5) I am judgment free

6) I am exactly where I’m supposed to be [I am safe]

7) I understand I am unique and have something to offer the world

8) My feelings are valid


9) I live without fear and ego I value myself I listen to my own voice

10) I have perfect knowing and perceiving

11) I also have perfect thinking and feeling

– Adapted from Cynthia Kane


Music https://open.spotify.com/track/3T5yqIWwz2d2xg7esnzLdK?si=xcGt_DAMTOS10tea6P0f0g

Worship Music: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWVlWpJblBvap?si=a7vw9xzMSZetn8jheag-5w; https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6GdslEKcrdGGUvCpMuwpyp?si=0eSBciytTmGdhTtLq7zZLw

Sound Healing (15:21): https://www.facebook.com/PuraVidaHealingArts/?tn=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARCHNQKlxAGMKdvBxnuY4G7kyTyM5y2tteaqxV3mAMQsHwT_lewre82yN-EGEbb995J0773_ErJ7vY6n

Energy Muse: https://www.energymuse.com

During Meditation also Affirm- I AM…I HAVE (add-69.3 Brown)

Solfeggio: https://mynoise.net/noiseMachines.php ; https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/solfeggioTonesGenerator.php; (press presets); https://tcookedu.blog/2020/04/09/my-noise/

1 & 3 chakra) Empathy and Strength (release anger & shame) Freq 174=69.3=243.3/Red 2 chakra) Peace, Joy and Bliss  Freq 285+69.3=354.3/Orange 4 & 5 chakra) Compassion and Courage (release grief & hatred)   Freq 396+69.3=465.3/Greenish Yellow
6-7 chakra) Grace and Mercy     Freq 417+69.3=486.3/Green
8 chakra) Glory and Victory        Freq 528+69.3=597.3/Blueish Green
9 chakra) Divine Purity and Blamelessness  Freq 639+69.3=708.3/Light Blue
10th chakra) Divine Revelation and Transmutation Freq 741+69.3=810.3/Blue-Teal
11th chakra) Divine Power & Salvation Freq 852+69.2=921.3/Purple-Pink
12th chakra) Divine Unity  Freq 963=69.3=1,032.3/Light-LuminousPink

Solfeggio: https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/solfeggioTonesGenerator.php?fbclid=IwAR0dVT6eUW9KSoeCX_Lge-5B2koVtoDo59ww4-I9Wz5Juxaay5ZloXYaPRw

Sanctify- I AM…I HAVE


RAS Positions
  • I AM…9 position below)Peace, Joy & Bliss* chi (center)
  • 8 position below) Empathy (right)
  • 10 position below) Strength
  • 7 position below) Compassion (right)
  • 11 position below) Courage
  • 6 position below) Grace (right)
  • 12 position below) Mercy  
  • 5 position below) Glory (right)
  • 13 position below) Victory 

Timer 3 min Each

  • I HAVE…4 position below) Divine Purity* chi
  • 14 position below) Blamelessness*chi
  • 3 position below) Divine Revelation*chi
  • 15 position below) Divine Transmutation*chi
  • 2 position below) Divine Power (right)
  • 16 position below) Divine Salvation
  • 1 position below) Divine Unity (Harmony)*chi

RAS JOURNallING & Meditation:

Bible Study: https://my.bible.com/ search: the key words below and do SOAP: Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer- FREE WRITE whatever comes to mind on journal. Can’t or have trouble memorizing scripture? Memorize the book and verse, instead! https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/dt/r1/lp-e/2020/9/17

With Jesus (gift), Positive Mind which Eyes that see the Truth (word) truths:

strength/empathy– Roman 15:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ERV) ; https://siyli.org/resources/category/guided-meditation

peace/joy=prayer; 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (GNB); Romans 12:12 (GNB); https://www.mindful.org/category/meditation/guided-meditation/; https://siyli.org/resources/findinginnercalm

courage/compassion; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlFbtbivOLw
https://events.mindfulsummits.com/users/sign_in; https://insighttimer.com/annemareerowley/guided-meditations/compassion-2


(search compassion) https://www.tarabrach.com/radical-love-part-2-loving-into-healing/

 bliss/harmony=meditation https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=22&iirf_redirect=1; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QldYpbYmICI

gratitude/goodness https://breethe.com/my-place

righteousness/love https://carleyhauck.com/meditations/

With Holy Spirit (wish), Upper Heart and Soul that hears Trust:

 knowledge/wisdom https://carleyhauck.com/resources/

grace/mercy https://mindfulnesswithoutborders.org/pages/mindfulness-practices

hope/faith https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/fmph/research/mindfulness/free-sessions/Pages/default.aspx

freedom/forgiveness https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/audio

Then Spirit that hear and see God’s Heart (miracle): https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/body.cfm?id=169; https://youtu.be/O0BMIjJswmM

Peace/Joy https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/fmph/research/mindfulness/mindfulness-resources/Pages/default.aspx

Gratitude/Harmony https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044aa4a822a7ff2-oneonone1

Righteousness/Beauty https://thesource.lifetime.life/podcasts/

Blameless/Pure https://drsuemorter.com/blog/; https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUKJ33Ss-bFfGfbFavBxGnCw

Just sit palms up/these sounds

To learn more about the nature and nurture of learning differences, I just published Nurture Their Own Nature: Helping Those With A Neurodifference Enjoy Learning Again (Cook, T., 2020) [This article is based off my just published Nurture Their Nature preview here https://link.medium.com/HEg2Ccz8Gcb ]

Get with me on my ELBERT™ class online for children and adults with learning differences!!! I will teach these poses and affirmations on ZOOM! Check it out Here

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Published by Tricia Cook, MEd., Online Dyslexia and Behavioral Interventionist, RSP, AA O-G Tutor & Montessorian

My interest is in helping parents and teachers to understand learning and behavioral challenges and to love learning again. I graduated from Auburn in ECE in 1998. I have been a Montessori teacher here in Birmingham for almost 12 years and have lived in Birmingham for the past 19 years. As an early childhood teacher, I want continue to grow and develop as a constant learner. In 2012, I graduated from Secondary Education with a P-12 Reading Specialist certification the University of Alabama. As a Reading Specialist, I train on diversity and literacy development; I have a specialized knowledge of assessment and diagnosis that is vital for developing, implementing, and evaluating your literacy and neurodiversity behavioral, character development programing. Also, I have varying experiences designing instruction and environments for Montessori and Non-Montessori (OSR-Pre-K) environments. Therefore, I can consult for any environment or setting! In 2013, I attained my highly qualified status in ECE and Reading. In 2013, I also got my Orton-Gillingham AA tutor certification. I currently tutor full-time along with consulting. I have actually been tutoring since 2003. Along with other independent tutoring/interventionist experiences, I have brought dozens of students from an emergent to an advanced reading level! In addition to tutoring, I have provided the reading strengths and needs of my students and share that information to classroom teachers, parents, specialized teachers, and other stakeholders.  Lastly, I have also been a trainer/presenter, since 2008 and really enjoy this aspect of my career. As an experienced trainer, I have trained on many topics including: literacy (the five components), classroom management, positive discipline, diversity character development, Montessori Philosophy, policies and procedures, child development, and Alabama's Pre-k. Take note: Schools and families are desperately looking for an alternative type of affordable multi-sensory, hands-on, and interesting instruction. Currently, I am training and interested in writing on the following topics: A Comparison of Pre-K to Kindergarten; Adolescent Literacy (7th+); Assessment; Developing Readers; Children’s Literature; Classroom Management Techniques; Comprehension; Montessori Philosophy; Environmental Print & Early Writing; Family Attachment; Language and Literacy; Outdoor Classroom; Poetry Writing (7th+); Positive Guidance; Fine-motor Development; Cursive Writing; Creative Writing; Comprehension: Study Skills/Test Taking Strategies; Morphology; Phonics Instruction; Diversity Education; Neurodiversity Education; HandWriting; Reading Strategies; Best Practices P-12. Thank you, Tricia Cook, MEd., RSP, AOG; https://linktr.ee/tcooktutor

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