National Institute for Learning Development - NILD

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BUILDING COMPETENCE AND CONFIDENCE

NILD’s logo, the figure eight, represents four key components developed through NILD educational therapy-cognition, perception, emotion, and academics. The figure eight is incorporated in an activity called Rhythmic Writing that helps to strengthen attention, processing skills, and handwriting. Rhythmic Writing is one of over twenty educational therapy techniques that NILD-trained educational therapists employ to enhance their students’ ability to learn. NILD has a unique intervention program for struggling learners. This intervention is language-based educational therapy targeting areas of weakness in processing, memory, attention, oral and written language, reading, spelling and math. Discover the tools for teaching how to learn in a what to learn world.

Cognition

In order to make sense of the world around us, to give meaning to our experiences and to develop the ability to learn new information, we are dependent upon our cognition. Cognition refers to thinking processes such as reasoning, reflecting, attaching meaning, remembering and evaluating. Thinking about how we think allows us to adjust our responses, adapt our learning behaviors, develop new strategies and problem solve. All of these are essential for developing independent, successful learners and productive members of society.

Perception

This refers to how we receive and process information either through sight, sound, touch, movement, smell or taste. We need to perceive information correctly in order for the brain to process the world around us. If the way a student perceives information is not correct the product or outcome that he is expected to produce in school/work will be impacted negatively.

Emotion

The way we feel about the world around us, our relationships with others and our approach to life is largely impacted by our emotions. Self-confidence plays a key role in successful acquisition of new information, forming relationships and communicating our needs.

Academics

In order for students to successfully learn the required content and respond well to standards-driven instruction students must be taught “how to learn”. Teaching a student how to learn creates independent learning skills that build competencies in cognition and processing so that the acquisition of academics becomes more efficient and effective.

Welcome to NILD

Whatever the reason that brought you to our website ~ we are glad you have found us! NILD’s website was designed for you – the seeker, the parent, the educator – to get accurate information on learning disabilities, dyslexia, and […]

Benefits of Cursive Handwriting

Handwriting is Boeing 747 Technology

One of the most hotly debated topics in education these days is the issue of handwriting.  Mr. Shapiro, a journalist for the Washington Post, wrote an article titled “Cursive Foiled by Technology” on April 4, 2013.  The handwriting/keyboarding debate is […]

January Webinar: Avoiding Rules that Expire – Enhancing Your Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities

Avoiding Rules that Expire – Enhancing Your Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities January 21st at 12 pm EST Priced at $35 Featuring Dr. Karen Karp Objectives: Participants will learn how to use the CSA model […]

Telepractice Training December 18th from 9-11 am EST

Telepractice Training December 18th from 9-11 am EST Telepractice can transform your practice. Maintaining the standards and procedures of each NILD educational therapy session is crucial, so this training will focus on specific guidelines for how the integrity […]

Conversations on Math Anxiety: How Critical Reflection and Discourse May Help Reduce Everyone’s Anxiety

Conversations on Math Anxiety: How Critical Reflection and Discourse May Help Reduce Everyone’s Anxiety December 10th @ 12 pm EST, Priced at $35 Registration closes 12/10 at 11:30 am EST Students and teachers alike report high […]

North-West Regional Conference 

North-West Regional Conference Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities February 20-22, 2020 Location: Joshua Institute 2150 W. Cherry Lane Meridian, ID 83642 Saturday, February 22nd – 8:30-9:55 am Conference Welcome/General Session 1 The Role of […]

South-East Regional Conference: Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities

South-East Regional Conference: Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities February 6-8, 2020 Location: Foundation Academy 125 E Plant Street Winter Garden, FL 34787 Saturday, February 8th – 8:30-9:55 am Conference Welcome/General Session […]

South-Central Regional Conference Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities 

South-Central Regional Conference Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities January 9-11, 2020 Location: The Woodlands Christian Academy 5800 Academy Way The Woodlands, TX 77384 Saturday, January 11th – 8:30-9:55 am Conference Welcome/General Session 1 […]

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