NILD Educational Therapy® 

Comprehensive Academic Intervention in Columbia for All Learning Skills

What is Educational Therapy?

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 academic 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®, offered in Columbia by Discovery Therapies, 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.

Program Overview

Columbia-area 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. Our NILD therapists help students in and around Columbia address the underlying issues of their academic struggles every day.


  • 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
  • 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

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