NLP Chunking for Learning Difficulties

Filed Under (NLP coaching learning difficulties) on 01-08-2017

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I explained the NLP principle of chunking information and how it helps to improve memorizing and remembering in this article.  But you or anyone can also beautifully use NLP chunking for learning difficulties. Here is how:  

Specifics – details

If you’re helping yourself or another person with learning difficulties, you must know the specific problem. Specific = our neuro-linguistic programming of chunking down = from general concepts to specifics / details.  Other words that will help you get the details are: ingredients, components, constituents, parts, elements.  Since people with learning difficulties are immensely creative, often highly artistic, and definitely quick thinkers, their style of thinking tends to be that of chunking up. This is always specific to context, but I’m referring to the prevalent bias in the style of thinking in the population. Chunking up = producing whole, large, abstract concepts first and then attending to details.  Seeing the big picture first. Did you notice the words in the previous sentences?  Whole, large, abstract, concept, plus the words principle, theme, essence, idea will chunk up.


Get as precise details of the learning difficulties as you can.  If you’re dealing with ADHD, ask:

  • How many screens do you see in your imagination [visual field] at the same time?
  • What would be an example of what you see [in your head / mind’s eye / photographic memory / imagination / visual field]?
  • What would this allow you to do / see?
  • How many parts of x do you see?
  • Which specific parts are moving / still / smaller / larger / in color / black and white / farther / nearer?

Reading comprehension

Similarly, if you are dealing with reading comprehension, ask:
  • How specifically are the letters on the page moving when you look at them?  Describe the shape / direction / speed of the movement.
  • What exactly do you see in your head / mind’s eye / photographic memory / behind your eyelids / imagination / visual field when you close the book / put down the page you were reading and can’t remember what you read?
  • What specifically is happening in your head / mind / imagination at this moment?


If you’re dealing with spelling difficulties, use chunking in asking:
  • which letters give you the most trouble?
  • what specific words do you find impossible to spell no matter how many times you have seen them?
  • which letters in a specific word keep fading / turning / jumping / flashing / moving otherwise / swapping…?
  • which letters must you imagine highlighted in a different color from the rest of the letters in that word in order to remember them?

As you see, NLP chunking is an excellent technique for learning difficulties where it is called for

I hope that this gives you some specific, or at least overall ideas for inspiration on how the NLP principle of chunking helps in dealing with learning difficulties!  Have fun and make it fun for the person you’re helping. Perhaps reading this chunked down to more specific questions for you…  Ask me.

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