Learning Styles and Nutrition Counselling

A recent lecture last month at the Qld Branch DAA Professional Development  Day, by Rhiannon Barnes, highlighted the importance of understanding the learning styles for self-awareness in professional practice.

Learning styles are various approaches of taking in, organizing and processing stimuli or information that can be used to facilitate individual focused educating methods that help allow the individual to learn best.

There are many methods that can help ascertain learning styles including:

  • Honey and Mumford
  • VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/Write/Kinaesthetic)
  • Kolb learning methods

This understanding and incorporating of learning styles in self-awareness can also be extended to improve outcomes for our clients in professional practice. By understanding that clients have different learning styles, utilising more appropriate education tools and techniques can help consultations sessions be more effective.

To accommodate various learning styles there are various counselling education techniques that could be used including:

  • Videos/images
  • Flipped classroom techniques
  • Client self-monitoring

Nero is able to offer tools that can accommodate various learning styles, including nutritional education videos that uses a combination of visual and verbal learning style techniques. Using tools such as what Nero offers can help improve outcomes for consultations sessions and overall use of time for your practice.

counseling image using visuals



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