NILD Educational Therapy® was developed to treat assumed, underlying causes of learning difficulties rather than simply treating the symptoms. It is a true therapy in that it aims the intervention just above the student’s level of functioning and processing 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. Educational Therapists are trained specifically in NILD methodology and receive on-going graduate level training leading to NILD certification.
Students in NILD Educational Therapy® receive two sessions of intensive educational therapy per week, either 40-60-80 minutes each. Small groups are available as 80 minute sessions. These sessions include 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, applying reasoning skills within each area.
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
read at grade level
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
understand and apply mathematical reasoning
focus specifically on students’ areas of difficulty and deal with problems as they arise during the actual learning process
maintain the intensity of focus needed to help the student work through difficulties
develop the trust needed to free the student to accept and work on difficult areas
provide structure and accountability
maintain regular contact with the educational therapist to increase understanding of the therapy process and collaborate in providing an effective program for their child