What is SEARCH & TEACH?

Flower girlSEARCH & 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. This programme has been used effectively for the last thirty years to identify those children who are potentially at risk of reading failure.

“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)

SEARCH assessment tests visual, auditory, body image and inter-modal perceptions, and provides profiles of individual strengths and vulnerabilities in the readiness skills necessary for classroom success.

black-boy-writingTEACH is a developmentally appropriate programme consisting of 55 learning activities designed through research to address the individual needs indicated by a SEARCH screening. TEACH is provided to the young child in a one-on-one setting, allowing the student to progress at their own rate of development.

NILD Zimbabwe introduced SEARCH & TEACH® to Zimbabwean nursery and primary schools in 2011. They have assessed and helped a number of children from nursery schools and primary schools. SEARCH & TEACH® is a useful tool for giving additional information to teachers, especially when a number of children in each class have been individually assessed. 

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

Benjamin Franklin

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