About the Basics of NILD Educational Therapy
Our focus is to address the underlying causes of learning difficulties rather than simply treating the symptoms. NILD educational therapy is a true therapy because it is individualized and aims the intervention just above the student’s level of functioning and raises expectations for performance. Students are trained to view themselves as competent, confident learners.
The goal of NILD Educational Therapy® is to help students develop tools of independent learning in the classroom and in life.
Our interventions can be one-on-one or small group. Each session includes a variety of techniques designed to address students’ specific areas of difficulty and to improve their overall ability to think, reason, and process information. Techniques emphasize basic skill areas such as reading, writing, spelling, and math, as well as applying reasoning skills within each area. Students are taught by highly trained NILD Educational Therapists who utilize our unique methodology.
Our commitment is to excellence as our educational therapists receive on-going, graduate level training to obtain certification, as well as regular support and professional development. Regular collaboration between the educational therapist, parents, and classroom teachers is encouraged in order to assess progress and appropriately adjust educational programs for each student.
Students become better able to:
- stay focused on the teacher’s voice
- accurately hear and remember what the teacher is saying
- read visual information on the board, transparencies, or computer screen
- understand the main points of what the teacher is saying and decide the significant information to record
- remember how to spell the words being recorded
- record information legibly
Educational therapists become better able to individualize intervention by:
- focusing specifically on students’ areas of difficulty and dealing with problems as they arise during the actual learning process
- maintaining the intensity of focus needed to help the student work through difficulties
- developing the trust needed to free the student to accept and work on difficult areas
Parents become better able to:
- provide structure and accountability
- supervise homework
- maintain regular contact with the educational therapist to increase understanding of the therapy process and collaborate in providing an effective program for their child
Learning disabilities are diagnosed through a battery of tests that measures and compares students’ potential with their actual performance. NILD educational therapists work in conjunction with qualified examiners and can assist parents in completing appropriate psychological and educational assessments.
Students complete their programs when they become independent and successful in the regular classroom. This decision is based upon recommendations from the educational therapist, parents, and classroom teachers and usually takes a minimum of three years.
Strategies learned in educational therapy should enable students to remain independent and successful throughout their school years. They generally develop skills to pursue a career in the field of their choice. Learning disabilities can be addressed whenever they are identified, not just in childhood. The NILD techniques are effective regardless of age and can be adapted to all levels of functioning.
Educational therapists are trained to develop language and thinking through effective questioning. They teach students to defend their answers and to reflect upon their thinking processes. Students transition from dependent learners to those who think and reason independently.
Following NILD Educational Therapy® treatment few, if any, adjustments or modifications need to be made in the students’ academic programs. Statistical data documenting program effectiveness is available from NILD. Contact us for the data or take a look at some of the research studies.
Our intervention is accredited by the research-based International Dyslexia Association and numerous authors and researchers in the field of educating the most vulnerable learners have seen the power of our intervention and publicly endorse our program’s effectiveness.
However, parent testimonials and success stories of students having completed the program speak for themselves. Many are achieving honor roll status and are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.