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Purple Psychology: a No.1 podcast on multiple charts repeatedly with listeners in 89 countries. Episodes 1 - 45 were presented in conjunction with Marie O'Riordan. Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly is a resident expert live guest. In February 2017, the podcast relaunched with Episode 46 and a new Presenter, Melanie Hoskin. Discussion topics include Education, Personality Theory Research, Success Tips and life hacking everyday life scenarios for children and adults. Episodes are recorded in bite-sized chunks saving you time. Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly is a Founder, Expression Developist™, multi-award-winning Educationalist awarded Ability Company Status, Personality Theory Researcher and Mentor. Marie O'Riordan is a multi-award-winning Chief Communications Officer (CCO), Media, Marketing and Communications Experimentalist/Theorist and Broadcast Journalism veteran. Melanie Hoskin is a solution focused Life and Business Strategist based in Dublin. Melanie produces and presents the very popular self-help radio show Life Talk Live on Dublin South FM, dealing with issues that affect our daily lives. Melanie interviewed Naoisé for a piece on exam stress and students. This podcast is brought to you by the 365Success journaling app, a Top 200 app. See Purple Success dot com. Podcast/app disclaimer on Purple Psychology dot com. ©Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly 2017.
Tomorrow marks 5 since I registered the Purple Learning Project. Many people have questioned why I have different projects and identities. I guess for me it has always been a balance between supporting people within the current system and leaving a legacy of methods behind for long term change.
When I set up The Homework Club 7 and half years ago, it was about creating the perfect school environment to achieve success for a wide variety of students. It was my own optimum environment. I spent 2 years studying the impacts of our approach and analysing what was different to the traditional school environments. My early notebooks are full of these observations. Very quickly I realised that we created strong more balanced individuals who were able to continue to do well in the not so perfect environments because of the time they spent with us. This brought me on to new ways of thinking. What factors does each different type of person need to feel the best version of themselves?
If I was, to sum up, the last 5 years of research into the umbrella of the Purple Learning Project, it is the study of these elements for each personality. For me an understanding of the overlap between how each person processes the world around them and the relationship this has with their personality. The environment is no longer an obstacle. They should be bale to reach their best potential regardless. I have also become specifically interested in the learning and personality factors for each type of learning difficulty and developed learning programmes to optimise these conditions. For me, it has been about developing programmes that can be done within the home environment.
5 years ago, I remember one particular meeting of many I had around that time as I sought to explain my work to people and find others to align with. The person who was head of a prominent support organisation turned to me and said: “So you wish to make yourself obsolete?”. I replied yes and gave myself a 10-year deadline to achieve this goal. The next 5 years of the Purple Learning Project will be about taking the “me factor” out of my work in order to make the methods and systems I have developed as widely accessible internationally.
I still strive for everyone to feel that they can be literate regardless of learning challenges.
I won’t lie, it’s been a lonely journey at times so far and I still don’t feel that I have met the right people to align with my vision. If I study the paths of people who have gone before me, this is often the hardest parts of their journeys. Sometimes simply finding people who get you, who you can trust and who give you an objective view of yourself can make a huge difference. It's very hard to be objective within your own head!
I have always liked the number 7. This time of the year always makes me reflective as it was the first time students flooded into The Homework Club in Blanchardstown in 2009. Many of these first cases turned out to be hugely influential in my own journey.
The first parent to ever ring me seeking help had a teenager who had not attended school for months, having dropped out of the system. He took classes with us for 6 weeks and did so well in his State Exams the school rang his mother with the results wanting to know what had changed. We worked with him for the next 3 years and hence I found myself taking on a huge number of cases with Asperger's Syndrome. I'm now known internationally as an expert in an area I never expected or set out to be.
By the following September, even though I set the school up for second level students, I found myself taking on the transition age before you start big school. By the following January, a year after my craziness to set up my own school with my own teaching methods, the youngest students were now 4.
Within this time, I had been encouraged by people to go for a number of awards. These were important to me personally as the first outside validations of my work.
I guess all along the only judge of my work, research and methods had been the results my students have received. From there I have become a top referral for many organisations. I find it sad that in many cases I am the person who people are sent to when no one else has been able to help them.
Two years after starting the school, I realised I needed to convert all my work, experiences and methods into a formal system. This meant the birth of The Purple Learning Project. I have always felt there is a balance between supporting people currently in the system and making real change for the future.
I remember this odd moment of describing the basic Purple Learning method to someone and they asked, "Who's work is this" and saying, "It's mine." What book could they read it in? The answer was none - my head. It's always been a bit bizarre to be so outside the box. To work in a way that has not existed before. The Homework Club was, for me, about proving all the wacky ideas in my own head.
Along the way in those years, I developed all these ways of working with people with a whole spectrum of conditions including: ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, Audio Processing Disorders, Hearing Impairments, Home Schooling, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Confidence, Bullying, Self Harm, Sexuality, Learning Disabilities, Gifted Children, Exam Fears, Child Development, People Development, Team Development, Business Success, Bereavement and so on.
When I started the school I had one main question in my head. Why do no two dyslexics learn the same way? Through working with so many people and conducting interviews, which allowed me to create unique profiles for everyone, I now have the answer to that question 7 years later.
I now have the recorded patterns of how personality and learning styles go together.
I reached the next major crossroads in the school 4 years into the project. The students knew what we did. I collected many of their comments and feedback. It was a magic sense of achievement having created an environment they all loved so much. Hence, the tagline became, "Develop Your Love of Learning." But the parents had no idea in many cases what the project was about. I felt I was missing part of the puzzle. I also felt that many parents had lost involvement in their own children's education.
Confidence Club was born.
I was also itching to take the projects nationally and internationally. Every time I did a radio interview I would be contacted by all these people rurally in Ireland with no support. Confidence Club has been about supporting students in their own homes, with the support and understanding of their parents.
Along the way, the methods have continued to develop in the background. It feels like a back room factory sometimes. The most significant one being in 2013, Periodic Table of the Development of Results. Nicknamed Purple Success. It brought my science and creative brain together. It is the table of the elements each personality needs to succeed in life. Whether it is a 3-year-old I am helping to talk or a 5-year-old to read or a business to grow. It is always just about people and their personalities.
With all the work I have done to date, my key focus in life still remains to take literacy and intelligence out of the same sentence. Because even after all these years, I still remember what the teacher said to me in school at the age of 7.
Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly
Purple Psychology Episode 41: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/purple-psychology/id981266976
It was a great surprise recently for me to count up the number of countries I have students living in and to find there are now 12 across the globe. These include: Australia, Belgium, China, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. What technology truly brings to education is accessibility.