National Institute for Learning Development - NILD

What is a Learning Disability?

A learning disability is an area of weakness or inefficiency in brain function that significantly hinders our ability to learn. It is a pattern of neurological dysfunction in the brain that causes a person to have difficulty correctly receiving information (perception), correctly processing information (cognition/thinking), or satisfactorily responding to information (written and verbal expression, visual-motor coordination, memory, etc.).

People with learning disabilities 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 – an inability to read or write, memory problems, and difficulty understanding what is heard or seen. These difficulties stem, not from a physical problem with the eyes or ears, but rather from the basic neurological functioning of the brain.

Every human brain is created with a unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses. We each have certain subjects that make sense to us easily as well as areas of difficulty that require outside explanation and extra effort to understand.

Students with learning disabilities experience an imbalance in their own ability levels. They are very good at some things, very poor at others, and feel the tension between what they can and cannot do. Frustration is a hallmark of a student with learning disabilities. Typically such students will either be failing in one or more academic areas or be expending excessive amounts of energy to succeed. Also, they are also highly inconsistent, able to do a task one day and unable the next.

A psycho-educational battery of formal and informal tests is used to determine patterns of strength and weakness as compared to intellectual ability. Testing not only helps identify learning disabilities, but NILD uses testing data to determine the best kind of instruction for each child.

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 […]

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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 […]

March webinar: NILD Annual testing: Anecdotal Evidence and Data-Driven Progress

NILD Annual testing: Anecdotal Evidence and Data-Driven Progress March 10th @ 12 pm EST Priced at $35 Overview: Reviewing all the elements of the annual testing battery, using Error Analysis on the informal assessments, incorporating graphs […]

February Telepractice Workshop

Telepractice Training February 26th 12-2 pm 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 of […]

February Webinar

Personalized Strategies for Building Success Skills Featuring Dr. Alan Arroyo and Dr. George Selig February 19th at 12 pm EST Priced at $35 Main Objective for the webinar: To equip the participant to choose success skills […]

Northeast Regional Conference

Northeast Regional Conference Examining the Role of Cognition in Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities March 26-28, 2020 Location: Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 Saturday, March 26 – 8:30-9:55 am Conference Welcome/General Session 1 The Role […]

Northwest Regional Conference 

Northwest 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 1The Role of Cognition […]

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 […]

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