How Kids Learn NLP: From the Perspective of an NLP coach

How Kids Learn NLP:
From the Perspective of an NLP coach

“How do you teach kids NLP?” is one of the burning questions parents ask us. Heads tilt to the side and eyebrows raise when we talk about empowerment by engaging the mindset, language patterns and habits. It seems like it’s too big of a concept but Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP can actually be trickled down to kids’ understanding through what they all love doing—play.


Energy and enthusiasm of the students play a big role in learning. For them to be open to learning “away from school,” as one of our afterschool program students put it, we take advantage of their youthful energy. Through a lot of games and hands-on activities, the kids are fully engaged because to them, it’s just playing. It is when we process these games in a sit-down circle and bring in concepts do they realize that there’s something more. These learnings then are remembered more vividly since they are anchored to memories of enjoying a game.

Just last week, for our Big Stage class, we played a whodunit murder mystery where the kids were givencharacters to play. The goal is to know who killed Mr. Wellington, the mayor’s poodle. They had fun dressing up, staying in character and interrogating each other. This served not only as a speech and drama exercise but an avenue for them to uncover that every behavior has a positive intention and that the meaning of your communication is the response that you get, which are two NLP presuppositions.

In one of our Big Masterpiece sessions, as an ice breaker, we played a giant board game to introduce the topic of comfort zone and stepping out of it to reach your goals. They wrote their goals on a piece of paper which we placed at the end of the board game and they also identified 3 small steps to reach that goal which we placed on the board game tiles. They had loads of fun rolling a giant die and moving forward as they had to be their own marker. The game became a perfect jump off for discussion as they discovered that sometimes you would land on a tile that says “go back one step,” which is very true in real life–we don’t reach our goals in one straight path.


While we want the kids to learn NLP concepts they can utilize in school and everyday life, we also recognize the value of what kids learn from arts, speech and drama, and sports. If games and hands-on activities are the vehicles we use, then these different interest areas are the roads we drive on.

Let’s talk about arts. To name a few under this umbrella, we have visual arts, theatre arts, dance and music. While the education industry is raving about science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM, many are also pushing to add arts in the equation and calling it STEAM.

There are valuable insights we gain from the arts such as celebrating different perspectives, having more than one solution to problems, and valuing collaboration among others. Since arts are already accessible to kids and they enjoy it, we bring out specific NLP concepts and integrate it with different creative activities. For example we have leadership through speech and drama in our Big Stage class.

Another interest area is sports. Whether it’s a team sport or individual sport, we cannot deny how crucial discipline, hard work, grit and teamwork are. These are what makes athletes become champions and similarly, we want to inculcate these to our kids. We take advantage of them having favorite athletes because NLP teaches us that if others can do it, you can do it too. Modeling athletes’ mindset, language and habits while engaging in a plethora of challenges and fun games is how we marry sports and NLP in our Big Champion class.

We create a dynamic and energetic environment for them where it’s safe to explore and express. With kids more open and enthusiastic once presented with games and their hobbies or interests, learning NLP becomes easy. The technical becomes fun enabling the kids to start building the blocks to unstoppable confidence and success!

World Stage’s Transformational After School Program

brings together NLP, arts, speech and drama, public speaking and competitive sports creating a dynamic learning avenue for kids aged 7-18. For more information call 275-2090 or 09176179774.

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