1. Individual therapy
Individual therapy is an option for you in many different phases in your life.
In The Netherlands having a coach is very common in your professional life.
We are all unique and so is our brain.
What is the MILS?
MILS (More Insight in Learning Strategies) assesses the learning preferences of a person. Drs. Marjolein van Bodegom invented the method and created the inventory. After many years of research and practice she realized that we are all unique and so is our brain. For some of us just looking at a picture (visual) can be enough for the information to be processed and ‘stay’ with us. Some others have the ability to process information through text (text processing), or through sharing information with others (learning together), or by hearing a tutor talk (acoustic), as well as while doing some physical movement (kinesthetic). Lastly, we also know that some people have difficulties memorizing information, when it is given to them piece-by-piece instead of the whole picture or the meaning behind the information given to them (context).
Finding out your own learning preferences can enhance your self-esteem and your schooling performance or your working performance.
What is the process?
MILS can be done by children of the age of 9 and above and by adults of all ages.
- The MILS actual test time can be estimated between 10-15 minutes; however, time is not relevant for this test. Each individual can take as much time as he/she needs. The total consultation time is estimated to last at about 1,5 hours.
- After the completion of the MILS, the client receives the results and an explanation of these results. For example, what does it mean if I have a high score in text processing? The goal is to discover together the three best learning strategies for the client.
- The psychologist will then write a report with all your results, followed by an explanation with advice and tips on how to maximize your natural strengths in information processing and memorizing.
How can you or your child benefit from MILS?
- MILS can be beneficial for children who are struggling with their homework, concentration and their performance in tests and other school material.
- Children and parents have become aware of the strong and weak points of the learning profile of a child and therefore have more control and the right guidance to improve it.
- It is advisable for parents who want to be involved to also fill in the MILS. It is often very useful to discover just how different the learning preferences of parent and child can be.
- Nowadays children are often diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), which in some cases is not accurate. With MILS we wish to distinguish a child who has need for movement in order to learn and a child with limited attention span.
- There is often friction between parents and children, when their child needs to do their homework. Why is that? By undertaking the test as a family, we can discover the learning profile of each one involved in the learning process, and therefore understand where the friction comes from. For example, the mother who might have a high score in text processing, might get frustrated and upset when her son refuses to sit at his desk and memorize a text by heart. This kind of miscommunication which leads to frustration, can be avoided by gaining awareness and understanding on each other’s learning profile and preferences.
As an adult you can also benefit from MILS in case you are in the schooling system yourself, as a tutor, teacher or as an adult student who needs to be able to more efficiently process new information.
MILS has been implemented in many schools in The Netherlands (primary, secondary and lately also at colleges) where the whole classroom was tested including the teaching staff. The aim for this is to give teachers insight into their own learning preferences so they understand that in the way they teach (using their own preferences) they do not teach for all children. And encourage them to try and broaden their teaching methods.
MILS can be done in English and Dutch. Greek speaking children and adults with a basic knowledge in English can do it as well. In that case the explanation of the results and the report can be given in Greek.
4. Online therapy
Online therapy is offered as an option in case the client:
It is important to note that online therapy is not appropriate for everyone and it is an option only when both parties, therapist and client, conclude that this is the last resource they have available. Physical presence is essential for the therapeutic relationship and the non-verbal and body language are important elements that we wish to observe and include to our work with our client.