The Discovery program provides educational therapy by a NILD trained therapist after determining a student’s patterns of learning strengths and weaknesses; and then provides intense instruction in a one-to-one setting to remediate the identified education weakness. NILD Education Therapy focuses primarily on basic academic skills such as reading, spelling, written expression, and mathematics. NILD educational therapists are professionals who create a supportive learning environment and offer an intensive intervention to students with learning challenges based on information received from parents, classroom teachers, and psycho educational evaluations.
What is a Learning Disability?
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.
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.
How can Students with Learning Disabilities be helped?
Direct intervention and the resulting competence and confidence allow students to gain the skills needed to become independent learners for a lifetime. NILD Educational Therapy is a direct, language based intervention for students with learning difficulties similar to occupational and speech therapies.
For more information please contact us at 727-943-7411. Also visit the NILD website at www.nild.org.