What is SEARCH & TEACH?

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

Benjamin Franklin


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.

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

In 1979 the programme was validated by the Joint Dissemination Panel of the US Department of Education by being included in their prestigious “Education Programs that Work”. 

SEARCH assesses the following areas:

  • Visual
  • Visual motor
  • Auditory
  • Body image
  • Inter-modal 
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“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)


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SEARCH & TEACH practitioners will organise these tasks into a practical plan as ascertained by the results of the SEARCH Test.  Typically a child will work ‘one-on-one’ with the practitioner 3 to 4 times a week for 30 minutes.

TEACH is a developmentally appropriate programme consisting of 55 learning activities designed through research to address the individual needs indicated by a SEARCH screening.

NILD Zimbabwe introduced SEARCH & TEACH® to Zimbabwean nursery and primary schools in 2011. They have assessed and helped a number of children from nursery 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.

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