Search & Teach Workshop

Preventative Approach

While it’s true that all children learn new skills according to their own developmental timetable, there are some milestones that should be considered before we begin formal instruction and the risk of failure confronts these young children. Recent and current research indicates the value of a preventive approach to deal with potential learning problems in the future.

Our Search & Teach© workshop enables educators to assess students easily to identify weak perceptual areas and then provide an individual intervention program for young students in grades K-2. 

“As a resource teacher at a Montessori-based elementary school, I use my NILD training on a daily basis. The Search and Teach program gave me a variety of new tools to put in my instructional tool belt, and I have witnessed, first hand, the progress students make in learning to read as they progress through the Teach Tasks and refine their visual and auditory perceptual skills.” – Kelly 



SEARCH is a 20-minute individual test designed to identify 5 and 6-year-olds vulnerable to learning difficulties and provides profiles of individual strengths and weaknesses in the foundational systems necessary for reading success.


TEACH is a program of 55 learning tasks, carefully developed and tested during a four-year investigation of pre-reading skills to address the needs revealed by SEARCH. It is an individualized program but does allow for some small group work of review activities with children of similar needs.

The tasks are grouped in five clusters which include: visual, visual-motor, auditory, body-image, and intermodal skills. This intervention can include groups of children or individual sessions meeting three to four times a week.

Search & Teach was developed by Archie A. Silver, M.D. (child psychiatrist) and Rosa A. Hagin, Ph.D. (psychologist) and the staff of the Learning Disorders Unit at New York University School of Medicine. It is based on extensive interdisciplinary research on the diagnosis and treatment of learning disorders and is now being implemented in diverse school settings throughout the U.S.

Read Dr. Hagin’s article and find out why Search and Teach is a powerful tool for identifying and preventing various learning challenges in young children. 

“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

Learn how to identify and intervene to help our young children gain confidence and experience learning success, opening the door to a bright future!

Early identification works!

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