About AchievementInMind

AchievementInMind is about creating sensational, innovative resources, and bringing new skills and understanding from the findings of brain and sensory development to teachers and learners. Resources that are practical and strategies that work, ILP and ActEi bring together research and best practice approaches in a fresh and practical way.

Background to ILP and ActEi

ILP and ActEi have been created by teacher, trainer and practitioner Simon Olding. Back in the late 1970s as a child in school things weren’t too optimistic. Simon spent his early school years in remedial classes, and as the 80s rolled by his continual failures in learning meant that he attained only one CSE, in home economics. A handy skill but not a great qualification! As an adult, and free to use strategies that worked for him, Simon developed a passion for learning, and keen to share it, qualified as primary teacher specialising in physical education at DeMontfort Univiersity, Bedford.

Recognising in many of the children he taught, the same type of difficulties that he faced in the classroom, and feeling a deficiency in his own knowledge and training, Simon began some left field study in programmes such as Brain Gym, kinesiology, bio-feedback,neurology, and sound, sensory and movement therapy. These approaches offered a refreshing insight into an abundance of strategies that are making a positive, practical difference to many individuals worldwide.

In the following years Simon qualified as a sports coach, biofeedback, Heart Math and Listening Program practitioner, and an educational consultant and trainer. He worked as a practitioner supporting children with learning, behavioural or emotional problems, and delivered inset training to schools.

His work was always very well received; there was a great satisfaction in seeing individual children break new ground and overcome problems, and adults and teachers who attended his training were fascinated and excited to apply new skills, especially to help children who struggle.

However, as a teacher, and aware of the constraints on teacher’s time and resources,Simon felt that the one-to-one approach and training-focused programmes could never move beyond benefitting the few, and felt determined to develop programmes that could be used easily and effectively in schools, by teachers, assistant or parents themselves.

So the journey began to synthesise and shape this knowledge so it could be used in a real classroom with real kids, in real time and be really effective.

ILP was inspired by the brilliant work of neurologists such as Sperry, and Gazzaniga, and educators Drs Hannaford, Dennison and Goodheart. Their individual studies on brain function show how a person’s brain and body dominances create a ‘profile’ which reveals their natural preference for particular styles of receiving, processing and communicating information.

ActEi draws from the fields of sensory and childhood development, infant reflexes, kinesiology, play, yoga, emotional intelligence, movement science and natural vision therapy. It takes into account the seminal works of pioneers and experts in their fields. The absolute focus of ActEi was to synthesise, simplify and produce a useable and above all,highly enjoyable developmental programme of games for everyone to use.

Finally, after many trials, pilots and reworkings, ILP and ActEi have achieved their object of being easy to use, practical, school friendly and getting results!

Now they are being used successfully here in the UK and across the globe from the USA, to Portugal, the middle east and South Africa. So if you want to experience for yourself how they can make a difference, subscribe, entering your name and email address on the right and we’ll share with you some of these great resources to try, for free,right now.

Wishing you and your children achievement and success

Simon Olding

Simon is the author and innovator of ActEi and ILP. He is the project developer and lead trainer delivering workshops and insets in the UK and abroad.

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Location:   Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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Following my experiences in working with autism, I qualified as a teacher and PE specialist in primary education. During my training, I undertook a piece of research to see whether a movement programme, Brain Gym®, could improve PE skills and learning abilities in the classroom. The positive outcome meant I was awarded funding to continue studying the role of movement and sensory integration in learning.

After completing a number of studies and additional training in other fields, I left teaching and, working as a fire-fighter, ran a private practice supporting children with learning, emotional and sensory difficulties. The regular success and the gaining of further knowledge and qualifications in bio-feedback, sound therapies, kinesiology and stress management, led me to deliver a range of training programmes in schools across the UK.

This rich background and growing understanding of need within schools, ignited in me a desire to pull my resources together and create practical, useful and engaging educational programmes for PE and the classroom.

Maria João Louro Crugeira

Maria is our ILP representative in Portugal. A highly qualified and experienced neuropsychologist, Maria delivers training and ongoing support for schools and organisations.

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Researcher in the field of neuropsychological evaluation since 1998. Based on the studies of A.R. Luria, and within the work of the PhD, developed a systematized methodology to analyze and diagnose the functional dynamics of brain activity in adults. Conducts neuropsychological investigations in hospital and schools and advises clinical groups and teachers about individual brain mapping (brain component availability /
impairment), patterns of functional disruption that conduct to diagnosis of brain disturbances in adults and children (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis, Attention Deficit, etc.) and rehabilitation plans for the restoration of alternative functional components.

Degree in Psychology (BA Honours) by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK with specialization in Research Methods. Post graduated degree in Clinical Neuropsychology by the Institute of Applied Psychology and Training in Lisbon (IPAF). Doctoral student of the University of Extremadura in Spain and responsible for the adaptation and validation of the Neuropsychological Investigation Battery of Adults (BINA) in Portugal.

Twenty Years of Academic activity, teaching at several universities (Faculdade de Psicologia da Universidade do Porto, Universidade Lusófona e de Humanidades e Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa). Researcher since 1994 for the Centre for Applied Social Psychology at the Centre for Applied Social Psychology in Glasgow and responsible for several research projects in the area of neuropsychological investigation. Supervised clinical practice since 1998 in neuropsychological evaluation and rehabilitation.

Liz Calvert

Liz is our ILP representative in South Africa. She delivers training and ongoing support for schools and organisations.

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Location:   Cape Town, South Africa
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I have been working in training and personal development for 30 years, with a focus on sales and service. I love to learn and to teach and have worked in corporate and NGO environments. For the last 15 years I have been based in the Cape, and have visited many schools in the region to demonstrate the full benefits of ILP.

Miranda Olding

Miranda oversees the administrative support for both ActEi and ILP.

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Location:   Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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My background is in neurological nursing; I first got interested in the brain and trained in educational kinesiology while working in a neurological rehabilitation team, treating people with strokes and brain injury. I now work as a Multiple Sclerosis nurse with a special interest and other qualifications in natural health.

I help out with ActEi and ILP in a supportive role – checking, editing and discussing in the creative stages, and now helping to run and administer the website and training in the UK. So it could be me on the end of the phone if you make a call to AchievementInMind!

Hilary Beal

Hilary provides ILP support in the UK and abroad. She provides customer care, delivers presentations and is responsible for expanding ILP to other countries.

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Location:   Norfolk, UK
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I began my teaching career in 1972 in Yorkshire working as a Middle School class teacher, then later moved into Special Needs at St Joseph's near Bath. It was here I was able to experiment with what I then called multi- sensory methods of teaching in order to interest and engage the teenage girls in their lessons. This was very successful, but at that time there was no scientific understanding of why it worked so well.

30 years later, In 2007 I was introduced to Simon Olding, who I found, had brilliantly, taken the most recent neurological discoveries and developed a practical and easy way to use this new scientific research, creating the simple yet profoundly important tool we now know as ILP. I instantly recognised the importance and relevance of his work from my own experience and now I happily form part of the Achievement in Mind team