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Announcing NILD 2017-18 Regional Conferences

Neuroeducation–NILD at the Intersection:

Translating Learning Science Methodologies.

 

NILD Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference,

November 16 – 18, 2017,

Suffolk, Virginia.

 

Agenda and registration information is now online.

 

 

Please note: NILD Regional Conferences are also scheduled for the following locations (click above linke for more information).

  • Lees Summit, MO  January 11-13, 2018 (Pre-cons: Rx for Discovery Reading, Rx for Discovery Writing)
  • Clyde Hill, WA  January 25-27, 2018 (Pre-cons: Rx for Discovery Reading, Rx 4 Discovery Math)
  • Winter Garden, FL  February 15-17, 2018 (Pre-cons: Rx for Discovery Writing, GET)

The primary conference day content will be identical in all locations but the two pre-conference workshops will vary from among Rx 4 Discovery Math, Rx for Discovery Writing, Rx for Discovery Reading, Search & Teach and Group Educational Therapy (GET). Conference and workshop fees will be the same in all locations.

 

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Become an NILD Member Today!

Listen to what current NILD members are saying about their membership:

“I thoroughly enjoy my NILD membership. I appreciate the discount it allows me on materials, webinars, and conferences, and I am honored to be listed on the website with skilled therapists around the world.  I must admit, however, that my favorite member benefit of all is the e-conference.  I have gained valuable knowledge and insight through participation in the e-conference forum where colleagues from all around the world discuss topics related to educational therapy.  The e-conference is truly a place where iron sharpens iron.”    ~Lorri Wilke

“As I sit across the table from a parent explaining the benefits of educational therapy, there comes a point when I turn the NILD brochure over and proudly point to the nild.org website and say, “This is my organization.”  And it is. NILD, with its rich history, has invested into the lives of others, giving us the tools to in turn invest in impact the lives of our students. My NILD membership keeps that investment strong.”    ~Laurie Weideman

Maintain your membership or become a new NILD member and enjoy access to the information, resources, and products you need to continue to be using best-practices in the field of learning disabilities. NILD is your link to fellow educational therapists world-wide. NILD members tap into the collective experiences and knowledge of educational therapists around the globe who, like you, are committed to providing the highest quality of educational therapy for students with learning difficulties.

General Membership

General membership is open to those who have completed NILD Educational Therapy Level I Training.  As an NILD member you’ll enjoy the advantages of these valuable benefits:


Continuing Education Opportunities:

NILD provides numerous continuous professional development opportunities including convenient webinars, workshops, and conferences and more than 50 events to earn ACSI approved CEUs. We also provide special member website resources such as Technique Reviews and access to articles written by NILD instructors.

Networking Opportunities:

Members participate in an e-conference as well as special interest groups to regularly connect with others therapists.

Discounts on NILD Materials, Courses, and Conferences:

As an NILD member you will enjoy discounts on products, materials, and webinars at NILD’s online store. Member discounts are also provided for courses, conferences and workshops at the time of registration.

Journal Publications:

Tri-annual access to The Educational Therapist, a professional journal for educational therapists.

Career Building Tools:

Being a member means you will be listed on our “Find A Therapist” link, can advertise position openings, spotlight your credentials, and use the NILD name and logo for brand awareness, advertising and marketing.

NILD Regular Membership Form 2016-2017  

Affiliate membership is open to retired educational therapists, undergraduate college students, Search and Teach© providers, and classroom teachers who have taken our Rx for Discovery Reading and/or Rx 4 Discovery Math courses and who are NOT educational therapists.  Affiliate membership is also open to interested lay people.
NILD Affiliate Membership Form 2016-2017  PCET application 2016-2017

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NILD Regional Conferences

“Architecture of Learning: Building Student Success”

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Click here for more information about NILD Regional Conferences.

  • Winter Garden, FL  October 1-3 (Pre-cons: Rx4 Discovery Math; Rx for Discovery Reading)
  • Houston, TX   January 21-23 (Pre-cons: Rx4 Discovery Math; WJ-IV)
  • Valencia, CA   January 21-23 (Pre-cons: Rx for Discovery Reading; WJ-IV)
  • Kansas City, KS   February 25-27 (Pre-cons: Rx4 Discovery Math; WJ-IV)
  • Chesapeake, VA   March 7-9 (Pre-cons: Search & Teach; WJ-IV)
  • Harrisburg, PA   March 10-12 (Pre-cons: Rx4 Discovery Math; WJ-IV)

 

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National Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Dyslexia Month

What is dyslexia?

It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

People with dyslexia often have average to superior intelligence. Many are gifted in math, science, fine arts, journalism, and other creative fields. A list of such people would include Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Winston Churchill and many others who have changed the course of our world. However, their tremendous strengths are offset by noticeable weaknesses.

Some of the signs associated with dyslexia include:
• Difficulty learning to speak
• Trouble learning letters and their sounds
• Difficulty organizing written and spoken language
• Trouble memorizing number facts
• Difficulty reading quickly enough to comprehend
• Trouble persisting with and comprehending longer reading assignments
• Difficulty spelling
• Trouble learning a foreign language
• Difficulty correctly doing math operations

These difficulties stem, not from a physical problem with the eyes or ears, but rather from the basic neurological functioning of the brain. Psycho-educational batteries of formal and informal tests are used to determine patterns of strength and weakness as compared to intellectual ability. Testing not only helps identify dyslexia, but NILD uses formal and informal testing data to determine the best kind of instruction for each learner.

Can those with dyslexia be helped?

Yes! Every human brain is created with a unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses. We each have certain areas that make sense to us easily as well as areas of difficulty that require outside explanation and extra effort to understand. NILD Educational Therapy® is a direct, language based intervention with over 40 years of success for students with dyslexia. Our focus is to strengthen the underlying causes of learning difficulties rather than simply treating the symptoms. Our therapy is individualized and aims the intervention just above the student’s level of functioning and raises expectations for performance. Our therapeutic, cognitive-based intervention unlocks learning potential and transforms defeated learners into competent, confident individuals.

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The IDA has accredited NILD’s therapeutic, research- based, individualized approach, grounded in test and observational data, addressing all components of reading within a cognitive development framework.

NILD’s Executive Director, Kristin Barbour, was invited by the IDA to serve on a committee to work on establishing the knowledge and practice standards of reading for IDA’s national assessment development. The IDA certifies university programs and individual organizations offering training in literacy.

Kristin Barbour works with IDA

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Handwriting is Boeing 747 Technology

Benefits of Cursive HandwritingOne 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 definitely gaining momentum.  However, in my opinion, the rationale cited in this article regarding the pros and cons of handwriting focused on the wrong argument.

Placing cursive handwriting in the same category of skill as keyboarding is similar to categorizing flying a kite and a Boeing 747 as being synonymous.  Cursive handwriting and keyboarding are not equal nor should they be viewed as interchangeable skills.  Yes, keyboarding aptitude is necessary in today’s technology driven mode of interaction where children have more digital friends than neighborhood playmates who used to gather regularly to capture the flag or play ghosts in the graveyard.  However, researchers in the nation’s top institutes have substantially documented how handwriting develops reading, writing, language and critical thinking.  Keyboarding does not increase brain activation and impact performance across all academic areas as does handwriting.₄

Dr. Virginia Berninger, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington, indicates that students in grades 2, 4, and 6, who used handwriting wrote more words, wrote words faster, and expressed more ideas than those who used keyboarding.₂  Additionally Dr. Berninger demonstrates through fMRI studies that sequential finger movement needed in handwriting differ from the movements in keyboarding and actually activate massive areas of the brain involved in thinking, language and working memory.  Thus, the physical act of writing by hand makes a significant difference to brain activation patterns.₃  Another researcher, Dr. Laura Dinehart at Florida International University, reports that handwriting is key to developing reading and mathematics skills. In a recent study, Dr. Dinehart found that four-year olds who demonstrate strong handwriting skills are more likely to have better reading and math skills in second grade.₁  Dr. Graham, professor of education at Vanderbilt University, indicates that good handwriting improves test scores from the 50th percentile to the 84th percentile.₂

Let’s not settle for “flying a kite” in response to the tyranny of the urgent of standardized testing prep and offer elementary students keyboarding instead of handwriting.  We have the Boeing 747 technology and power of handwriting.  When handwriting is properly taught, students are equipped to more efficiently perform the hierarchy of skills required in other subjects, and ultimately this leads to better grades, assessment scores, and overall academic performance.₁

The writers of the Constitution were thought generators, innovators, and established the foundation of this nation through multiple drafts of the Constitution and Bill of Rights-all done in cursive writing.  Today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders need to be radically more prepared to face lightening fast advances in technology, evolving social media influences, and diminishing insular geographical limitations.  I would argue that if our society desires to prepare students to face these new challenges cursive handwriting should be included in the Common Core standards of all elementary schools.

If you are interested in finding out more about the significant and pervasive impact of cursive handwriting on more than just writing please contact the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD).  NILD has been changing the brains of students for over thirty years and teaching cursive writing is the DNA of our work.

Footnotes

  1. Handwriting in the 21st Century – An Educational Summit http://www.hw21summit.com/media/zb/hw21/H2948_HW_Summit_White_Paper_eVersion.pdf
  2. How Handwriting Trains the Brain -The Wall Street Journal, 10-5-2010
  3. James, K.H. “How Printing Practice Affects Letter Perception: An Educational Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective.” Presented at Handwriting in the 21st Century?: An Educational Summit, Washington, D.C., January 23, 2012.
  4. Schools Try to Stop Trend That’s Erasing Cursive Writing – Associated Press, Los Angeles, 11-25-12

Kristin H Barbour, M.S. SLP-CCC
Executive Director
National Institute for Learning Development

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NILD Honors Two Departed Friends

In honor of two recently departed NILD friends and giants in the fields of education and cognitive development, NILD has established the following memorial funds. Drs. Hagin and Feuerstein each had a monumental influence early in the development of NILD’s educational therapy methodology and ongoing intervention strategies to transform struggling students into lifelong learners.

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Dr. Rosa Hagin Memorial Fund

All gifts will be used 100% for SEARCH&TEACH workshop scholarships & instructor training.

Dr. Hagin (1921 – 2014) was an educational psychologist, teacher and advocate for children and adults with learning disabilities. In her early years she taught in the demonstration school of Trenton State College, which was her alma mater. She later returned to New York University where she received her Doctorate in Educational Psychology. She completed an internship at Bellevue Hospital and continued her work there for several years where her primary role was research.

She, along with Archie Silver, M.D., developed SEARCH and TEACH ©, an early childhood assessment and intervention program, which was validated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Joint Dissemination Review Panel. Their research has been reported in a recently published book, “Disorder of Learning in Childhood,” and in 77 papers.

During her career, Dr. Hagin also worked for the American Psychological Association, Fordham University, and served in various capacities with the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Throughout her life, Dr. Hagin maintained a private practice for children and adults with learning disabilities.

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Professor Reuven Feuerstein Memorial Fund

All gifts will be used 100% for FIE workshop scholarships & instructor training.

Professor Feuerstein (1921 – 2014) was the Founder and Chairman of the Feuerstein Institute. He was a clinical, developmental and cognitive psychologist renowned for his groundbreaking work in demonstrating that intelligence is not fixed but modifiable.

In 1992, Professor Feuerstein was awarded the Israel Prize for Social Sciences. In 2012, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. For more than 50 years, and in over 80 countries, Professor Feuerstein’s theories and applied systems have been implemented in both clinical and classroom settings. Professor Feuerstein’s theory on the malleability of intelligence has led to more than 2,000 scientific research studies and countless case studies with various populations.

Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) workshops provide educators and therapists with the ability to systematically develop the cognitive functioning of students and patients.

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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 […]

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