Learning Differences

NILD Educational Therapy® (also known as The Discovery Program) was developed to treat assumed, underlying causes of learning difficulties rather than simply treating the symptoms. A learning disability is an area of weakness or inefficiency in brain function that significantly hinders a student’s ability to learn or to function in life. Educational therapists are trained to develop language and thinking through effective questioning. Students are taught to defend their answers and to reflect upon their thinking processes. They transition from dependent learners to those who think and reason independently.

Our Philosophy:  Direct and focused attack on deficient thinking skills can stimulate the brain to work more efficiently.

Our Mission:  To build the competence and confidence of those who struggle to learn. To help students develop the tools of independent learning for the classroom and for life.

Focused stimulation for deficient thinking skills:  Strengthening weak skills rather than teaching students to simply compensate for weaknesses

Integrative:  Developing perceptual and cognitive skills in reading, writing, spelling and math

Individual and Intense:  Participating in one-on-one therapy in 90-minute sessions twice a week

Non-tutorial approach:  Guiding students in “how to learn” rather than tutoring them in “what to learn”

What happens during therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions include a variety of techniques designed to address a student’s specific areas of difficulty and to improve his/her overall ability to think, reason and process information. Students are trained to think for themselves rather than depend upon a teacher or parent to think for them. Language and thinking skills are interdependent so that when one skill develops, the other is also strengthened.