How to help your child

Does My Child Need Extra Lessons or Educational Therapy?

If your child is showing frustration or difficulty at school in areas such as spelling, reading, math, an inability to express thoughts either verbally or in writing, and demonstrating illegible handwriting even after assistance, he or she is exhibiting common indicators of a learning disability.

As a parent you will probably have more questions than answers, and concerns regarding your child’s progress.

The first step is to schedule an appointment with an educational psychologist.

Educational psychologists will report on the child’s IQ – general cognitive ability, and compare it with his/her actual performance. The educational psychologist will be able to identify the causes for a student’s struggles and advise you accordingly. The educational psychologist will be able to identify the causes for a student’s struggles and advise you accordingly. If you suspect your child is dyslexic, contact for details of dyslexic testing.

NILD Educational Therapy

NILD Educational Therapy® teaches children “how to think” rather than “what to think”. The scope of practice of educational therapy is broader than that of tutoring.

NILD educational therapists look at the underlying thinking and processing skills. As a result it takes longer, for it is building concepts and thinking skills so students can learn for a lifetime. NILD sessions are one-on-one.

NILD educational therapists, have met rigorous training requirements and want to know how the student learns and how to make them into efficient and independent learners. They offer metacognitive and compensatory learning strategies to improve mental functioning of the student, strengthening specific areas of cognition that are weak.

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.

Extra Lessons

Extra lessons teachers/tutors focus on academic skills and specific school subjects and are not necessarily trained in learning difficulties. 

A tutor deals with what the student is learning, and will focus on improving the grades. This private instructor has expertise in a specific school subject. 

Tutors usually offer group teaching and it is assumed processing and function skills are already in place. Students are taught or re-taught classroom concepts. 

Tutoring typically focuses on content, e.g. improving grades for one specific subject.