The learning process is characterized by this wall with various components. Perceptual and cognitive skills form the foundation such as visual or auditory memory or abstract/logical thinking. When foundational skills are weak, academic skills are affected. Students have to work very hard, often with minimal success; some get discouraged and give up trying. Other students may become "learned helpless."
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NILD Educational Therapy® targets weak cognitive processes and functions and works to strengthen them, which eventually enables the learning process to function efficiently. Students grow in confidence as they begin to experience success.
Tools for Learning 3 The NILD Parents' Guide
Discovery Learning NH is an educational service located in the Lakes Region of NH supporting struggling learners and their families, homeschool families, and provides professional development to educators. Based in Alton, founder and educator Julie Way is a Certified Educational Therapist with the National Institute for Learning Development as well as a N.H. Certified Reading and Writing Specialist.
NILD Educational Therapy® (also known as the Discovery Program) is one of the services offered. Rather than teach to a student's strengths and have them compensate for weak areas, this unique approach identifies and celebrates student's strengths as well as targets student's weaknesses in order to strengthen them. NILD therapy provides individualized and intense mediated learning. The goal is to strengthen weak areas in order to support independent learning.
Therapy sessions are one-on-one and tailored to each student's needs. There are 26 techniques that can be used in therapy. Sessions are 80 minutes in length, twice weekly. Parental support to the student is important through the process.
If a student has learning disabilities, it is important to reach the
heart of the matter by working with identified underlying causes and seeking
to remediate them.
(See illustration below)
Discovery student working on rhythmic writing to improve grapho-motor production and automaticity