What is NILD?

Girl learningNILD therapists see students on a one-on-one basis, providing intensive and interactive teaching on, “how to think” rather than “what to think”.

The focus of NILD educational therapy is to develop clear, efficient thinking and build self-confident, independent learners. Students are given tools to enable them to overcome specific learning weaknesses. Our techniques help re-train the brain and stimulate areas of weakness in processing, memory, attention, language and maths. NILD educational therapy treats the underlying causes of learning difficulties, rather than treating the symptoms.

It is a true therapy in that it aims the intervention just above the student’s level of functioning and raises expectations for performance. Students are trained to view themselves as competent, confident learners.

Students in NILD Educational Therapy® receive two 80-minute sessions of intensive educational therapy per week. These sessions include a variety of techniques designed to address students’ specific areas of difficulty and to improve their overall ability to think, reason and process information. Techniques emphasise basic skill areas such as reading, writing, spelling and math, applying reasoning skills within each are.

NILD sessions go way beyond tutoring, with a combined neurodevelopmental and cognitive approach, students will:

  • Improve their ability to think more clearly
  • Improve their test scores
  • And most importantly, learn “how to learn”

This individualised programme allows each student to learn at his/her own pace, yet be challenged to develop core academic skills and higher order thinking skills. The therapy sessions are full of activities that stimulate and activate the executive functions of the brain.

Students are taught by educational therapists, who are trained specifically in NILD methodology and receive on-going graduate level training leading to NILD certification. Regular collaboration between the educational therapist, parents and classroom teachers is encouraged in order to assess progress and appropriately adjust educational programmes for each student. Therapists can work as part of a school resource team, in a learning centre or in their own private practice.