|Who is a Candidate?|
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. NILD educational therapists work in conjunction with qualified examiners and can assist parents in completing appropriate psychological and educational assessments.
A student is required to have an initial assessment by an educational psychologist before entering NILD Educational Therapy®. 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.
In addition, annual evaluations are administered to determine the effectiveness of the therapy intervention. The annual evaluation guides the therapist in establishing future learning goals.
Students complete their programmes when they become independent and successful in the regular classroom and this usually takes approximately three years.
Strategies learned in educational therapy should enable students to remain independent and successful throughout their school years. They generally develop skills to pursue a career in the field of their choice.
Learning disabilities can be addressed whenever they are identified, not just in childhood. The NILD techniques are effective regardless of age and can be adapted to all levels of functioning.