What is NILD Educational Therapy ®

The goal of NILD (National Institute for Learning Development) Educational Therapy ® is to help students develop tools for independent learning in the classroom and in life. Our methods were developed over 40 years ago and have worked to transform over 100,000 students worldwide.

At NILD Zimbabwe, we aim to provide training to teachers and therapists in order to help “students that learn differently” by offering specialist courses and workshops to teachers working in schools and privately. NILD Zimbabwe have been training teachers since 2012.

NILD is endorsed and accredited by leading experts and organisations in the field of education, and our methods are praised by parents, students and teachers who have seen lasting results. 


“Helping those who learn differently”

Parent Testimonials

“We highly recommend NILD therapy and are very grateful to Lorna McCosh for her commitment to assisting children with learning disabilities and to the NILD progamme.” – Bridget

“I can honestly say that lessons learnt from NILD are for life.  She has really appreciated the concept and uses it every day.  At the school prize giving, 2 years after our graduation from NILD, she was awarded the ‘English’ prize, even though she is dyslexic.  Much gratitude to NILD and those teaching it. Needless to say I have recommended it to many people and would do so in a heartbeat.” – Michelle

What is an educational therapist?

  • An NILD educational therapist is a highly-trained individual who works with struggling learners in a one-on-one or group therapy setting. 
  • Educational therapists are specifically equipped with the ability to identify and assess student learning needs. 
  • They create and implement individual educational therapy plans utilising the NILD techniques specific to the learning goals for each student. 
  • Therapists are passionate, skilled, relational, and empathetic. 
  • They are individuals who want to be a part of unlocking learning potential for their students through an individualised, therapeutic approach.
  • Educational therapists must first have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or a related field. They then receive post-graduate training in educational therapy.


Our therapists are trained through rigorous, graduate-level courses. They are mentored, participate in professional development, and complete a certification process. They are skilled professionals involved in an intervention with a long history of success! 

Training educators – Developing minds – Changing lives.



  • Learn how to unlock student potential through an individualised, therapeutic approach.
  • Attend our research-based, graduate-level training courses to become an NILD Educational Therapist.
  • NILD is always seeking to train more therapists to meet the high demand for educational therapy in schools and private practices in Zimbabwe.

NILD Partnership Schools

NILD is represented in many of our private schools – look for the NILD partnership plaque in schools working in partnership with NILD
 “helping those who learn differently”.

  • Hellenic Primary School
  • Springvale House
  • Sharon School
  • Lilfordia School
  • Peterhouse Girls
  • Peterhouse Boys

“I honestly think it is the most incredible and rewarding programme, for both the student and the therapist.

Every session gives me a sense of accomplishment and I feel like I am making a real difference to the lives of my students. I hope that you will consider doing the course. It really has been life changing for me and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Nicola Savo – Head of Learning Support – Hellenic Primary School

Who is a Candidate for NILD?

Potential students for NILD Educational Therapy® are those experiencing obvious frustration in areas of school performance.

Poor spelling, illegible handwriting, inability to express thoughts verbally or in writing, and difficulty with reading and math are common indicators of a learning disability.

Learning disabilities are diagnosed through a battery of tests that measure and compare students’ potential with their actual performance.

A student is required to have an initial assessment by an educational psychologist before entering NILD Educational Therapy® or if you suspect your child is dyslexic, contact nildinzimbabwe@gmail.com for details of dyslexic testing. This assists in tailoring a student’s NILD sessions to his/her specific needs. The educational therapist also administers a series of tests to gain a deeper understanding of each student’s learning strengths and challenges.


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

Benjamin Franklin

Children who are lagging behind in this area will struggle to become proficient readers.

SEARCH & TEACH® is a 30 minute screening instrument for children from nursery school,  Grades One and Two (60-80 months). SEARCH & TEACH’s strength as an early intervention programme lies in identifying children with perceptual immaturities. Those skills have been found to be a prerequisite for academic learning.

Children who are lagging behind in this area will struggle to become proficient readers.

“The strength of SEARCH & TEACH® is in early intervention. This twofold approach offers educators an effective tool for catching learning disorders at the beginning of a child’s academic career, before the downward spiral of failure begins. With proper and timely identification and intervention, many children can be spared the lifelong consequences of learning disorders.”

Rosa A. Hagin, Ph.D 
(Psychologist and developer of the SEARCH & TEACH® programme)

NILD Zimbabwe introduced SEARCH & TEACH® to Zimbabwean nursery and primary schools in 2011. SEARCH & TEACH® is offered by a number of schools and nursery schools in Zimbabwe, who work in partnership with NILD to help young children with perceptual weaknesses.