Julie's involvement with The National Institute of Learning Development began while homeschooling her four children. Julie sought after an educational intervention to help two of her children that were diagnosed with learning disabilities. She began searching for a program that would do more than merely teach students to compensate for their weaknesses. Her search finally ended after a friend told her about NILD Educational Therapy® (also known as the Discovery Program).
After attending an NILD convention, she was so impressed with NILD's philosophy and techniques that her hope was renewed. Julie's children were enrolled in the Discovery Program at Laconia Christian School where both of them made great academic gains in the years that followed.
Julie knew the value in the program and wanted to help other children experiencing struggles in learning. After three levels of training she received her certification as an NILD Educational Therapist. That was 12 years ago! Since that time she has seen numerous students enter the program feeling defeated and hopeless, and leaving it with greater confidence in their abilities and restored hope for their future.
In 2008, Julie launched her own business servicing students in several schools in the Lakes Region as well as in her home office. Along with NILD programs she also provides oversight for families in the homeschool community and professional development to educators upon request.
Since so many children are in need of help in the area of reading, she received an M.Ed. as a Certified Reading and Writing Specialist. Presently Julie is involved in post graduate work in Neurodevelopment in teaching.
Julie is a member of The National Institute for Learning Development, The International Reading Association, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She is published in The New England Journal of Education where she wrote about an action research case study she conducted on a student who struggled with dysgraphia.