These skills exercises are designed to help you to build your level of skills in a sequence that will support your learning on the course input days. We like to give you as much as possible on the formal input sessions so the more you practise the more you will gain from these sessions. These exercises will consist of building on initial observation, taking notes of your observation, matching what you observe and later active exploration and change work.

These daily tasks are designed to take very little time. Decide on a few spare moments where you can give full attention, even if only for a minute or two. For example on day one, any spare moments on the first half of the day notice examples of yourself and those around ‘chunking very big’; on the second half of the day when you notice also match chunking big (on the inside if it is not suitable to do so on the outside!).

Some of the tasks require “LIVE” situations, others can successfully be completed using T.V. or radio programmes.

If you use “LIVE” situations please be very VERY careful and give due consideration to the privacy and welfare of those you include.

Week One

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One Internal Attention Notice
Two External Attention Notice
Three Internal ‘Positive’ Notice
Four Internal ‘Negative’ Notice
Five External ‘Negative’ Notice
Six External ‘Positive’ Notice
Seven Pick one you missed or found difficult. Notice

Week Two

This week, in addition to noticing examples of the particular state, take note of one particular example. A brief description of how they are in terms of physiology e.g. eyes defocus, hand goes up to the chin, breathing becomes more shallow etc.

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One Internal Attention Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Two External Attention Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Three Internal ‘Positive’ Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Four Internal ‘Negative’ Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Five External ‘Negative’ Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Six External ‘Positive’ Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Seven Pick one you missed or found difficult. Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language

Week Three

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One ‘Happy’ Type State Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Two ‘Sad’ Type State Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Three ‘Nervous’ Type State Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Four ‘Excited’ Type State Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Five ‘Confused’ Type State Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Six ‘Understanding’ Type State Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language
Seven Pick one you missed or found difficult. Notice, Take note of one example using sensory based language

Week Four

Begin to complete the ‘limiting/enhancing’ worksheet using your own behaviour as examples.

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One Morning: Decide on a state that you think you will get into during the day. (Positive State) Evening: Review the day: 1. How was it similar to what you expected? 2. How was it different to what you expected? Morning: Notice Review: Take Note
Two Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Three Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Four Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Five Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Six Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Seven Compare what you noticed through the six days similarities and differences Take Note

Week Five

Continue to anticipate some of the days states and review at the end of the day. Check for sameness and difference. Do as much of the following as you can make time for.

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One Examples of negative states: How are they similar? Notice
Two Examples of negative states: How are they different? Notice
Three Examples of positive states: How are they different? Notice
Four Examples of positive states: How are they similar? Notice
Five Examples of external attention states. Notice
Six Examples of internal attention states. Notice
Seven Compare what you noticed on days five and six for similarities and differences. Take Note

LIMITING / ENHANCING BEHAVIOUR Choose three behaviours you consider to be enhancing and three you consider to be limiting. Identify contexts where the opposite would be the case.

BEHAVIOUR WHERE IT WOULD BE LIMITING WHERE IT WOULD BE ENHANCING

Week Six

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One Morning: Decide on a state that you think you will get into during the day. (Positive State) Evening: Review the day: 1. How was it similar to what you expected? 2. How was it different to what you expected? Notice Take note of the language you use to describe how you got into that state
Two Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Three Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Four Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Five Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Six Choose a different state. (Positive state) Repeat Day One
Seven Compare what you noticed through the six days similarities and differences Take Note

Week Seven

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One Examples of Positive states: How are they similar? Notice what language you use to describe these
Two Examples of positive states: How are they different? As Day One
Three Examples of different positive states: How are they different? As Day One
Four Examples of different positive states: How are they similar? As Day One
Five Examples of external attention states As Day One
Six Examples of internal attention states As Day One
Seven Compare what you noticed on days five and six for similarities and differences Take Note

Week Eight

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One Examples of present attention: How are they similar? Notice the sub-modality patterns
Two Examples of present attention: How are they different? Notice
Three Examples of past attention: How are they different? Notice
Four Examples of past attention: How are they similar? Notice
Five Examples of future attention: How are they different? Notice
Six Examples of future attention: How are they similar? Notice
Seven Compare what you noticed for the similarities and differences Take Note

Week Nine

Day: Sensory skills: Task:
One Example of being in “two minds”: Both Positive Notice what language patterns you use in these two.
Two Example of being in “two minds”: Both Negative As day one
Three Example of different positive “two minds” Notice your physiology
Four Example of different negative “two minds” As day three
Five Examples of mixed positive and negative “two minds” Notice what senses you use for each
Six Examples of mixed positive and negative “two minds” As day five
Seven Pick one you missed or found difficult. Notice any patterns in your responses