What is NILD?

What is NILD?

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.

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The goal of NILD Educational Therapy® is to help students develop tools for independent learning in the classroom and in life.

NILD educational 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 our one-on-one, individualised interventions is to address the underlying causes of learning difficulties, rather than simply treating the symptoms as tutoring does.

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 emphasis basic skill areas such as reading, writing, spelling and math, applying reasoning skills within each area.

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”

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.

About Our Logo

…building confidence and competence

NILD’s logo, the figure eight, represents four key components developed through NILD Educational Therapy:


Cognition refers to thinking processes such as reasoning, reflecting, attaching meaning, remembering and evaluating.


The way we feel about the world around us, our relationships with others and our approach to life is largely impacted by our emotions. Self-confidence plays a key role in this.


This refers to how we receive and process information either through sight, sound, touch, movement, smell or taste.


Students must be taught “how to learn” in order to successfully learn the required content. Teaching a student how to learn creates independent learning skills that build competence.

The figure eight is incorporated in one of our core techniques, Rhythmic Writing, that helps to strengthen attention, processing skills, and handwriting.

Rhythmic Writing is one of over twenty educational therapy techniques that NILD-trained educational therapists employ to enhance their students’ ability to learn.

NILD has a unique intervention program for struggling learners. This intervention is language-based educational therapy targeting areas of weakness in processing, memory, attention, oral and written language, reading, spelling and math. Discover the tools for teaching “how to learn” in a “what to learn” world.