Overview of Educational Therapy Training

NILD Canada offers courses, conferences, and workshops to help educators understand and meet the needs of students with learning challenges of all kinds. Our training methods are research-based, effective and are accredited by the International Dyslexia Association and The Feuerstein Institute.


Our courses and workshops are offered in several locations across Canada. The range of courses and workshops we provide are excellent ways to gain continuing education credits as you seek to best meet the needs of your students. In addition, our courses can put you on track for becoming a Certified NILD Educational Therapist!

Educational Therapy
Search & Teach
Rx for Math, Reading, or Writing
Group Educational Therapy
Feuerstein Standard


1. EDUCATIONAL THERAPY – Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Needs

This is a lecture and laboratory course designed to train teachers, parents and interested professionals to give educational therapy to students with learning difficulties. Three broad topics are addressed in this introductory course:

Philosophy – The definition of learning difficulties, program distinctives and methods of intervention in accordance with the model developed by NILD.

Assessment – Pupil evaluation by means of informal teacher assessment and formal psychological and educational assessment

Intervention – Individualized implementation of techniques for stimulation of processing and cognitive weaknesses.

Some of the listed courses are requirements for educators pursuing the Master’s Degree Program in NILD Educational Therapy® offered through Regent University and/or Southeastern University.

Please note: NILD Canada is not a degree-granting institution. Our online portion of the course is done through Regent University, but is solely a space rental platform.


Level I


Level I provides an introduction to the general field of learning disabilities and provides foundational training in the philosophy and techniques of NILD Educational Therapy®.

Pre-requisites: Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field or equivalency.

Level I Syllabus

Level II


Level II provides a review of NILD Educational Therapy® techniques and introduces new techniques for advanced students to include mediated learning and questioning skills.


  • Completion of Level I
  • 80 student contact hours
  • Demonstrate a therapy session

Level II Syllabus

Level III


Level III develops mastery skills and provides an in-depth study of mediation, cognitive functions and information processing within NILD Educational Therapy® techniques.


  • Completion of Level I & II
  • 160 student contact hours

Level III Syllabus

Please contact us to discuss the pre-requisites and process for achieving the next level.




No pre-requisites: This course is available to parents, teachers and interested persons.

Recent and current research indicates the value of a “preventative” approach to deal with potential learning problems in the future. NILD Canada has taken the challenge to provide help for young students (K – Grade 2) . NILD Canada offers a two-day training course in SEARCH AND TEACH, an early identification and intervention program developed to meet the needs of young learners before they experience the frustration of learning failure.

SEARCH AND 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.

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.



These lecture and laboratory workshops are designed to train educators and homeschool parents to provide intervention in an individual or small group setting to students whose basic reading, writing or math skills are below expected standards. Each workshop targets specific areas using mediation, Socratic questioning and dialogue to strengthen cognitive functions and thinking skills.



Rx for Reading


Builds and strengthens the five pillars of language into a language braid – phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.

Rx for Reading Syllabus

Rx for Writing


Builds and strengthens grammar and writing mechanics, semantics, syntax, and composition writing skills with an emphasis on the writing.

Rx for Writing Syllabus

Rx 4 Math


Builds and strengthens number sense, math fluency, math vocabulary, and problem solving strategies.

Rx 4 Math Syllabus
Rx 4 Math II Syllabus


Rx for Reading

This two-day lecture and laboratory workshop is designed to train teachers to provide reading intervention in a group setting. Rx for Reading takes the five essential components of reading – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension , which we call “strands of language” into a language brain that is comprehensive, constructive, and creative. This workshop systematically teaches participants the methodology to develop these components. The participant will learn to identify and assess student needs in basic reading and then utilize the group model Rx for Reading to effectively and efficiently develop decoding and encoding skills in their students.



Rx 4 Math

This two-day lecture and laboratory workshop is designed to train teachers to provide mathematical intervention in a group setting. Rx 4 Math will build and strengthen number sense, math fluency, math vocabulary, and problem solving strategies for students in Grade K-3. Students who need to master basic number sense skills as well as those who rely on procedural understanding without a conceptual understanding would benefit the most from this program. Students will be challenged to apply their growing understanding of number sense to novel problem solving activities that challenge thinking and reasoning. Hands-on, research-based, number sense activities will be utilized as the core content in this dynamic intervention while mediation, Socratic questioning, and the strengthening of cognitive functions will serve as the core methodology. In this dynamic intervention, students’ foundational math concepts will be strengthened while their thinking and problem solving skills will be challenged, all within an atmosphere where math anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.

Rx 4 Math II

This lecture and laboratory workshop is designed to train classroom teachers, educational therapists and homeschool parents to provide mathematical intervention for students in Grades 6-8. Rx 4 Math II student sessions are either one-on-one or in small group settings for 45 minutes, twice a week. This workshop will enable the educator to facilitate deeper mathematical thinking for students by understanding how to strengthen students’ conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and mathematical reasoning skills by developing self-regulation and cognitive functions through a safe mathematical community where productive disposition, self-efficacy, a sense of belonging and mathematical exploration is encouraged.

Rx for Writing

This two-day lecture and laboratory workshop designed to train teachers to provide written language intervention in a group setting. Rx for Writing is specifically intended for students in grades 4-12 whose basic written expression skills are below expected standards. Rx for Writing builds and strengthens grammar and writing mechanics, semantics, syntax, and composition writing skills with an emphasis on the writing process. Language and higher-level thinking skills are developed and supported in this interactive, small-group intervention that covers research-based writing content while mediation, Socratic questioning, and the strengthening of cognitive functions will serve as the core methodology.

This workshop systematically teaches participants the methodology to develop these components. In this dynamic intervention, students’ written expression skills will be honed while their thinking and language skills will be strengthened, all within an atmosphere where writing skills are explicitly taught so anxiety and reluctance to write are reduced and thinking is maximized.


We offer the Rx for workshops as In-Service Workshops at a discounted rate per person. Click here to read more about this option.



Pre-Requisites: Level II NILD Educational Therapy

NILD Group Educational Therapy™, GET, is an effective way to harness the dynamic of one-on-one and multiply the effectiveness through group intervention.

NILD educational therapists are taught how to adapt and implement the five core techniques in small group work for four to six students per group. Developing peer mediation enhances students’ self-regulation skills, facilitates social learning and cooperation abilities, and promotes interactive language among peers. With GET, the power of the NILD intervention is multiplied.

Group Educational Therapy Syllabus




Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) is an intervention program that enhances the cognitive skills necessary for independent thinking and learning. This unique educational method combines specially designed instruments and mediation in order to identify and enhance an individual’s learning potential. IE Standard consists of 14 instruments that can be used in a classroom or workplace setting, with small groups of targeted learners, and as a one-to-one therapeutic intervention.

In FIE Standard I participants will receive training in the theoretical basis for Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment and in the materials and didactics of four Instruments from the IE Program: Organization of Dots, Orientation in Space I, Comparisons, and Analytical Perception.

For more information about the work of Professor Reuven Feuerstein, go to:




NILD Canada’s conferences equip therapists, educators, parents and those who work with struggling learners with new insights that enhance their work with any learner.

NILD Canada conducts a two day Spring Conference in Ontario. Attendees receive official NILD certificates of attendance that can be used to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain their school or professional organization’s certification requirements.

These conferences are designed to provide on-going professional development for NILD Educational Therapists and teachers and seek to give all educators and parents a better understanding of learning disabilities and NILD Educational Therapy®. At our conferences, NILD seeks to be a conduit for linking our therapists as well as all educators to current research that strengthens intervention methods and equips attendees to unlock the learning potential in all students.

NILD Educational Therapists must attend conferences to meet and maintain certification requirements.


In-Service Workshops


NILD can support your school so you can meet the needs of your students parents and staff, in order to produce life-long competent and confident thinkers! We offer in-service workshops to build the understanding of the impact of learning differences in various educational settings.

These workshops are conducted by NILD Certified Educational Therapists and last from 1 hour to a full day, depending on the topic. NILD’s training methods are accredited by the International Dyslexia Association and The Feuerstein Institute. You may select from the following list or you may request a workshop more specific to your organizational needs.

Click here to read about our 2018 In-Service Course Workshops.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss arranging a speaker at one of your organization’s events.

Workshop Topics:

Handwriting in the 21st Century
Teaching How to Learn in a What to Learn Culture
Executive Function – Air Traffic Control
Those Inner Voices
Raising a Person’s EQ
Modifiable Intelligence through Mediated Learning
Turning the Box Around: Supporting the Child who Learns Differently
Yellow Beets, Okra, and Purple Beans: Understanding Each Child’s Uniqueness
It’s all about the Eyes and Ears!
Stimulating the Reluctant Writer
Teaching with the Brain in Mind
Laziness, Late Bloomer or Learning Disability?
Teaching Children with Learning Challenges
Learning Difficulties and the ADHD Child