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 […]

December Webinar – Reading & Reaching Your Students

Reading & Reaching Your Students Why is it that with some students everything seems to “click” but other students are such a struggle to understand or reach? They are physically present, but their souls seem to […]

December Telepractice Workshop

Maintaining the standards and procedures of each educational therapy session is crucial, so this training will focus on specific guidelines for how the integrity of NILD techniques can be maintained in a virtual setting. Therapists will see […]

ADHD Coordination and Balance of the Brain – October Webinar

With ADHD, sometimes the brain can have imbalances in the nervous system causing dis-regulation in focus and attention. Using techniques that help increase balance, coordination, crossing midline, and timing, children and adults with ADHD can become […]

Announcing Our South-Central Regional Conference

We are happy to introduce our 2019 South-Central regional conference in TX.  Social-Emotional Development: Addressing the Non-Cognitive Factors that Shape Thinking and Learning January 10-12, 2019 at The Woodlands Christian Academy, 5800 Academy Way, The Woodlands, TX 77384    Register […]

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