Tutoring? Educational Therapy? What’s the difference?

Enjoy today’s guest post by one of our therapists, Lindsey Koppert. I have always been passionate about helping struggling learners. As a former classroom teacher and tutor, I was always frustrated that I couldn’t really help the students who needed my help the most. No matter how much extra time I spent tutoring them, they […]

Why I chose to train as an Educational Therapist

Enjoy today’s guest post by one of our therapists, Naomi Cunningham. I learned about NILD Educational Therapy when I was in a brain development class, while doing my Honours Bachelor of Child Development. As I listened, a light switched on for me, Educational Therapy made total sense! Based on research in brain plasticity, I was passionate about […]

“Oh, It’s Time for my Therapy Session!”

(This is a fictional account, but based on reality, of a boy in grade seven we’ll call “Jack”. The blog is written from his point of view as a student in his third year of educational therapy sessions.) Hi! I’m Jack! I am a 12 year old boy who enjoys taking things apart and I do […]

Survey Says…

Survey Reveals Significant Emotional and Social Gains for Students with Learning Disabilities Parents, teachers and therapists will tell you that students with Learning Disabilities also struggle with organization, emotional regulation, attention and focus. In fact, students themselves will tell you that they struggle with these skills in addition to anxiety, low self-esteem and motivation. NILD […]

Modelling Reading

SHARING the LOVE of READING! Modelling behaviour, such as reading, is important in the world of humans as well as in nature. Recently, on a beautiful fall hike through the forest, I saw a young deer with his ears alert, listening for danger. He was foraging around choosing the best leaves, as taught by his […]

Modelling A Positive Outlook

As I was walking along our local beach last week to enjoy the last throes of summer, it felt like the seagulls had reclaimed the territory after all the summer tourists left. Wandering through the sand, I noticed one seagull limping, trying desperately to catch up with the other ones in the group. Suddenly the […]

Bring Back Silence, Wonder, and Solitude

Have you ever wondered what life is like for your child? What do they hear and do every day? How is life different from when you were growing up? Our children have everything at their fingertips. They don’t need to wonder if there are poisonous snakes in Canada, they can just “Google” it and find […]

How a Conference Can Inspire Your Curiosity

Have you ever come home from a conference and been so inspired you can’t wait to get back into the classroom, your special education room, or your therapy station? A Professional Conference is great for stimulating your thinking, inspiring your curiosity, and creating dialogue with other educators and therapists. Recently I attended the National Institute […]

Exercise is Good for the Brain!

Just as our bodies benefit from movement and exercise, so do our brains! Exercise is not only beneficial for our bodies to be fit and our hearts to be healthy, but for our brains to function more efficiently as well. Exercise has significant effects on the brain in helping it be ready to think and […]