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What does Dr Naoisé O’Reilly do?

What does Dr Naoise O'Reilly do? 
Recently I asked a series of people who have worked with me what do I do? Here are some of the answers, including the humorous!
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Why Unconditional love is so important in Child Development

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WHY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE IS SO IMPORTANT FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT

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Pina Bausch – Why I identify with her, Naoisé O’Reilly

Over the years I have read a few books since I started on my own journey that has really helped, been profound or I have found in some way deeply grounding. I guess when we can truly relate to someone else it's hugely helpful for our own journey. I think this is why I study so many biographies of pioneering people.

This book on Pina Bausch has been eagerly awaited by me since I went to see the 3D film Pina a number of times in the last few years.

28818668Pina Bausch: Dance Can be Virtually Everything
by Marion Mayer, Penny Black (Translation)

So what do I relate to in Pina that has been so profoundly helpful for me? Firstly, her work at times can be quite challenging for the audience she had a deep desire to show very complex difficult themes in humans such as humiliation. I can often read humiliation on people as tattoos. It's one of the most damaging aspects of education. There is a sense of her taking in vast arrays of human interactions to honestly reveal them. It's all condensed and presented easily to people for them to absorb. She was fascinated not only by the complexities of emotions but the contradictions within people. I have whole notebooks of these contractions as they determine the needs.

Mostly I was delighted to understand that she disliked labels and never wanted to explain her work to anyone. I personally hate talking about my work. I loathe that question; "what do you do?". She wanted each person to take their own interpretation and experience for themselves. In the same way, I struggle to explain to people what I'm going to do working with them and everyone describes it as a personal journey in the end.

What struck me when I went to the see the film was the interviews with the dancers who said phrases such as " I never had the words to express myself before I met Pina". I think expression is possibly one of the most key elements on the planet for me.

There was a sense for me in watching and reading about Pina that she was frustrated, bored and couldn't find a channel for her thoughts and ideas. This was when she started to "make something for herself". She sought a new language, "a new set of vocabulary". I guess I felt identical when I started my own school. I'd done so much time in everyone else mould of education and I couldn't find a way to truly express what I wanted to achieve from within the system so I made a school.

Most of all I love the way she worked with her team of dancers. She started everything with questions. She revelled in difference. She wanted to look right into people and see something that made her curious about them. This approach of questions and x-ray stare will be familiar to anyone who's worked with me.

Her team was completely international and the universal themes in the work brought by this mix of people could transcend across the globe. Pina says " You have to care for them and very slowly allow them to grow. Which requires huge mutual trust". There are so few people who have this core of strength within themselves that they can give others freedom to grow. People's insecurities all too often cause them to need to control others. A huge dilemma within the conventional education models.

Pina developed work with people. It was a process that I find I can truly relate too. It's often hard for people to hear that I construct what I will do with them as the sessions develop. It's clear to me always where we need to go. Pina didn't start at the beginning of the work either. Which I can also completely relate too. I always keep the end goal in mind. That is what we are working back from.

Pina understood the importance of research and learning by working with international people. She talks about not being a tourist but having the opportunity to work within different cultures. This was also the reason I took such a huge step in closing my school. I didn't want to become localised. I knew it was important to have the knowledge that working internationally with people would bring to me.

Pina seems to have been acutely aware of the differences of working with Men and Women. I create completely different sessions for both genders and see great differences as developing children too. I think the furthest we have really got into this understanding in the education system is whether to put them together or not.
Pina had a great understanding of what an audience needed to relate to a piece. She knew that the what was being conveyed would be universally understood if they had seen something honest, true and quite exposing from the dancers themselves. This is something I really struggle to explain to people. How can you make a person you haven't worked with yet understand that through trust, respect and a well-crafted journey that they will own their experiences more deeply?

One of the reasons I read biographies is to understand the importance of having the courage to follow your own ideas, ways of thinking, ways of seeing the world. But Pina also followed her intuition and dreams which I totally relate to too.

Of course, there are simple similarities I relate to too such as the need to work independently to think up new ideas, often late at night. The fact that she was described as horrendously organised! The fact that it's almost impossible to separate out the work and person life. All these speak of a person that I would have loved to have known in person.

Ironically, The challenge for me is to find a way to express what I do in a way that allows others to experience it. That I don't have the outlet or forum of a stage to create this is somewhat of a challenge. Similar to Pina I don't like labels and I don't want to explain everything. I want others to feel something different, more balanced that they can take on board for themselves. Ownership of your own expression is very important for me.

Pina Bausch created a legacy in an archive of work and a foundation. Every prop or piece of scenery was saved from her shows even as she was developing her works. She set out precisely what she wanted to belong in the archive and how she even wanted to see it structured.

It's clear to me that I need a foundation for my work long term. Not for the monitory reasons that I've been encouraged to have one in the past but for the set guidelines on how my methods should be used for other generations. A protection to the integrity of the work.

I deeply grateful to Marion Mayer & Penny Black (translator) for the long anticipated book.

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26Feb/17Off

Dr Naoisé O’Reilly Speaking at the ASPIRE (Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland) conference 2016

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New Podcast episodes and interviewer

Purple Psychology®Purple Psychology® Podcast on Apple iTunes.

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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.

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5 Years of the Purple Learning Project and making me obsolete

DSC_1252Tomorrow 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!

Naoisé O’Reilly.

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Testimonials for Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly

Testimonials for Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly 

"I contacted Naoise 5 years ago. My son has Aspergers and the issues associated with this meant that his concentration levels were poor and this was reflected in exam results. He was very bright but had difficulty in engaging with his teachers. Naoise was a light at the end of the tunnel in that she recognised immediately that my son had potential and she reassured us that she could help him.  My son worked with both Naoise and a member of her team over this time. The change in my son both academically and as importantly, socially, was marked. My son successfully completed his Leaving Cert and has been offered a place in 3rd level education.His confidence in himself is wonderful. I would have no hesitation in recommending Naoise and her Team. They made the difference!" Irish Parent, September 2017

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"My daughter has been seeing Naoisé now for the past two years. She has a fantastic way of interacting with people. My daughter took an instant liking to her. Her approach to learning is made Stress free and fun. She helps build confidence in the child's ability and gives the child a sense of real success." , Irish mother, September 2017

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"Naoisé gave my son the ability to learn in a way that best suited him.  By working with him and connecting him with others, Naoisé boosted his confidence in himself and gave him practical ways of working towards the Leaving Cert and beyond. It was a real game changer." Irish Parent, August 2017

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"Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly came to us at a time when our child was feeling overwhelmed and anxious due to school. In an attempt to find solutions, I reached out in the worldwide web and was very surprised to find out how many parents and children were experiencing what we were enduring through Dr. Naoisé's website.  It was then, that I decided to reach out and pour my soul. When I was done, I came to realize how desperate, overwhelmed and hopeful our entire family was. I could only hope to get a reply from Dr. Naoisé, at times I thought I was too hopeful. Dr. Naoisé contacted us shortly. It has been an incredible experience, she worked with myself and of course with my child and helped get over the obstacles at the time. Dr. Naoisé worked with us accommodating different time zones, she is an excellent listener and a resourceful person, she helped restore our family and we are happy to watch our child graduate and move on to the next step in life, college. Our child is smiling again and appreciating life with skills given by Dr. Naoisé, thank you, Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly!! Mother, U.S.A. May 2017

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"I contacted Naoise because my son was having difficulty with his attention and focus in school.  From the start I felt Naoise was on his side.  She is highly respectful and really knows how the childs mind operates.  I never felt like she was just ticking boxes but can really see how things are from their perspective.  Her passion is undeniable and she is such a support. She gave me practical and really inspirational ways to help him at home.  I would recommend her without question to anyone having difficulties with their child."  Irish Mother, December 2016

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As a Mum of two dyslexic teenagers I had the good fortune to meet Naoisé in 2014. Initially it was a relief for my children to meet someone who ‘got them’ and didn’t think of them as ‘stupid’ but recognised them for the smart wonderful people they are.  The support and positive encouragement from Naoisé and her team has made a huge difference to their lives. My daughter struggled everyday with teachers that just didn’t understand her, telling her she didn’t have the brains for certain subjects or was just not smart enough. With the help of Naoisé and her team she has come to realise that it is the system and some of the teachers in it that is the problem not her. She is a bright smart girl that just thinks differently and can achieve her goals in life with the help of people like Naoisé and the team of positive people around her.  I know as we head into Leaving Cert  next year the support of Naoisé will be invaluable and without that the damage that some teachers do would be irreversible.  Thank you Naoisé

Irish Mother, June 2016

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"Our Son had no major problems in Primary School, he was happy and relaxed. His school work was excellent.Joined school committees and acted as a mentor for younger pupils. However all this changed when he started Secondary School. The first year wasn’t too bad and as he is our youngest we knew there would be a transition period. At the start of second year, he developed migraines and would be physically sick most mornings. His Doctor put it down to hormones. He tired CBT, Bio-energy, kinesiology. Eventually he was put on anti-depressants and started counselling. Nothing seemed to work. The school he attended was very supportive but he just couldn’t go through the door. There was no issue with any one teacher or pupil. He could not explain why he felt the way he did. Things came to a head early in 2015 and I contacted a relative of mine for advise, as he had been IN THE SYSTEM for almost a year and nothing was changing, in fact it was getting much worse. She referred us to a family counsellor. He asked us how long had our Son been diagnosed with Asperger's. This was a huge shock as no one had mentioned anything like this to us, in over two years of visiting doctors, attending physiatrists & counsellors. Our Son was diagnosed a month later and we thought, at last we now can move forward. While his school was extremely understanding there was nothing they could do.  We had no option but to take him out of school. Everyone was very understanding but no one could offer us any suggestions regarding his education. One day while reading information on the Autism Ireland website I saw details for the Purple Learning project and the Homework Club. After reading up on it I contacted Dr Naoisé and we arranged a meeting.
At Our first meeting with Dr Naoisé, she assessed Our Son by asking a series of questions and getting him to do different puzzles. The meeting took about an hour. In that time She was able to determine what subjects He would enjoy and excel at.  She recommend two teachers who would start working with him online. Doing Maths and History. This proved so effective that we increased the classes to include more subjects. Within four months of starting the programme he was off his anti-depressants and signed off from the Physiatrist. He has just finished his first school year, working at home with teachers recommended by Dr Naoisé. The difference in him is amazing,he is once again happy and relaxed. He loves the lessons, there is very little homework but he does research and reads any material that is recommended. He is already talking about what college he’d like to attend. He has two years until His Leaving Certificate. Dr Naoisé keeps in regular contact and is always on hand to answer any queries etc. Without a doubt this programme has changed our Son’s life. I did worry that with him not attending a regular school he would miss out on other things, like friends, etc. But this has not been the case, he is in regular contact with his friends and he has even started back at his favourite pastime, Soccer. I don’t know if he will ever attend main stream secondary school again, it no longer is an issue. Having him educated in a way that he thrives in, is all you want as a parent and we have found a way to give him that, with the help of Dr Naoisé and Her team."
Irish Parent, June 2016.
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'Working with Naoisé is an excellent experience as she found work place with me with 'Cash Guard'. She understand with a person with Dyslexia, like knows where I coming from. She is a person that try's to tailor my needs thatI found difficult in a certain subject. But over all Dr. Naoisé is an excellent person to meet and hope dose well in the future - Kevin Keyes", I have worked with Kevin since 2009 and I am so proud of his achievements!, Naoisé (May 2016)

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"Naoisé became exactly what I needed at a very difficult juncture in my academic career. Her unending optimism, insightful observations, and tailor-made recommendations gave me just the support I was looking for. Highly recommend her support for anyone seeking well-rounded mentoring for any change or project whether personal or professional."

Final Year Dissertation Student, Australia May 2016.

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'I was really impressed from the outset, when after a 45 minute conversation with me Naoise really seemed to have a good understanding of my son and what his issues were. It was the first time I felt that anyone had really 'got' him.
Naoise and I were then unsure whether he would engage with her but he did his best and said he was keen to work with her and I think that although he couldn't really express it, he also recognised her as someone who understood him.
It's been explained to him that whilst he'll be reminded to do his 'stuff for Naoise' nobody will actually be making him do it, and that the whole point of it is to motivate him to start taking responsibility for his own decisions, etc.
He doesn't complete them every day but he does them about 4x a week.
This a young man who seems to lack any motivation for anything beyond watching TV or playing on his play station, who has little idea of what he wants to do with his life, little pride in himself, shies away from new experiences, avoids crowds and loud music etc.
Since starting work with Naoise, my son has asked if he could have his hair dyed (his fringe is now bright red!), having resolutely refused in the 3 years he's been at his current school to take part in any weekend activities he's now decided to stay in and go to the local Music Festival and join in with the camping weekend. He's also showing some interest in clothes.
Whilst I can never be certain with any therapies, programmes, etc how much is to do with maturation and how much is due to the intervention, the suddenness of the changes and the number of them make me think that Naoise clearly has a very special talent for engaging young people in their own development.  I don't know how she does it but it's the outcome that I'm interested in.'
UK mother, May 2016.
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"for 1st time in my life someone has shown me another way for me to learn" - "to learn & develop without a sense of panic" Adult Client, November 2015.
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“Hi Naoisé,

Please find a few lines below.  I just had a meeting with my daughter’s teacher and school special needs co-ordinator.  They are astounded at her progress and her confidence and restedness inside.

Thank you so much,

Much love,

Her mother.

 

Six months ago I was a very distressed mother having just discovered that my 10 year daughter was virtually illiterate.  She attends a Steiner school and because they progress more slowly in main subjects such as english and maths and focus a lot on creative work such as music and art, her dyslexia went unnoticed.

When it began to dawn on me I was shocked because she is so bright and I didn't really know which way to turn.  The New Zealand system of support for Dyslexia was very complicated and she would have to under go days of intense examinations.

And then I did know which way to turn - thankfully I knew Dr. Naoisé O Reilly, who had helped our business make a huge shift the year before.  I contacted Naoisé and her support has changed our lives.

Naoisé spent an hour with my daughter over Skype and I knew instantly that she understood her and her unique way of learning that did not fit into mainstream learning. This was the biggest relief.  And our journey began.  It all seemed quite simple what Naoisé sent to us to focus on.  Simple word games, exercises, fun things, writing projects. Just a little most evenings.  And then after six months - whoosh all the pieces of the puzzle game together.  The building blocks Naoisé had been providing connected and my daughter took an enormous leap forward in her reading and spelling.  It is a continual journey where there is no longer concern but the knowing that it is a unique journey for her, and she is being supported by an amazing individual, Naoisé, who not only understands and can see through her eyes, but can provide the tools to navigate the way to a full and rich life of learning and discovery for her. I am so so so grateful.  Thank you Naoisé.”

August 2014, Oceania .

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"Working with Dr.Naoise we have found her to be very thorough and intuitive , caring and continuously supportive. With her knowledgeable guidance , together we have found true happiness for our children and she continues to help and plot a course for their future happiness and education. She is a dear friend and mentor to our family!".

Irish Family , April 2016.

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"Dr O’Reilly was as healing balm to a weeping wound, understanding me as though shining a torch around the inner recesses of my mind. If, like me, you’ve always felt a misfit, you’ll appreciate how being understood is such a relief. Whatever ‘s holding you back, this lady will open your personal gate using her ground-breaking techniques. How do I know? Dr Naoise O’Reilly set me free."

Adult Client, UK (May 2016).

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"My 5 year old son started school and almost immediately seemed to lose his natural love of learning that I'd admired since he was a baby. He was keeping up with his classmates but he had little interest in schoolwork and detested homework. Within 6 days of following Naoisé's practical and mostly very simple steps, he was voluntarily writing words phonetically and his desire to read was re-ignited. Now, he's not only back to the curious, funny, creative little guy he was but he is happier in himself which means our home, in general, is peaceful."

Irish Parent, May 2016.

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Dr. Naoise O’Reilly has worked with my son who has Asperger’s Syndrome. She has provided career development advice and abundant support to help him reach his potential.

Naoise is intuitive, inspirational, encouraging, pragmatic and highly knowledgeable. She instinctively understands the challenges that a person with AS encounters and the way they perceive and process the world they inhabit. And yet she manages to provide practical and attainable solutions to, what at times, can appear insurmountable issues.

In a world that can seem completely at odds with him, she provides a clear and practical path to navigate around and over the challenges he encounters. He trusts her completely and highly respects her. This is not easily achieved with an individual with AS and is perhaps the greatest indication of Naoise’s ability. She is truly a remarkable lady and we thank our good fortune that she was recommended to us.

Irish Parent, August 2016


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Dr. Naoisé O’Reilly Quotes On Education, Success & Personality Theory

Quotes on Education and Personality by Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly 

A new slide share for the quotes I have come up over the last 7 years of research and thought!
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Introduction

Welcome to the Purple Learning Project.

The aim of the Purple Learning Project Foundation is to create a legacy of the methods which Dr Naoisé O’Reilly has developed since 2009.

The methods in learning and personality theory have been developed while working with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and cultures. The methods have been applied to the education, business and sporting environments. The ages are in the spectrum of 4 to 70's. The methods include: Purple Profiling, Purple Processing Scales, The Periodic Table of the Development of Results, Forget Phonics Reading Method, Purple Pre-School Success and so on...

There has always been a clear distinction for Dr Naosié in working with people who currently need help within the system and leaving behind something of integrity for the future generations.

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