What Is Educational Therapy?

The goal of NILD Educational Therapy® is to help students develop tools
for independent learning in the classroom and in life.

The focus of our one-on-one and small-group, individualized interventions are to strengthen the underlying causes of learning difficulties, rather than simply treating the symptoms as tutoring does. A therapy session goes far beyond tutoring.

With a combined neurodevelopmental and cognitive approach, students will:

Improve Their Ability To Think Clearly

Improve Their Test Scores

Learn “How to Learn”

NILD educational therapy is a true therapy because it is individualized and aims the intervention just above the student’s level of functioning and raises expectations for performance.
Students are trained to view themselves as competent, confident learners.

Each session includes a variety of techniques designed to address students’ specific areas of difficulty and to improve their overall ability to think, reason, and process information. Techniques emphasize basic skill areas such as reading, writing, spelling, and math, as well as applying reasoning skills within each area. Students are taught by highly trained NILD Educational Therapists who utilize our unique methodology.
Our commitment is to excellence as our educational therapists receive on-going, graduate level training to obtain certification, as well as regular support and professional development. Regular collaboration between the educational therapist, parents, and classroom teachers is encouraged in order to assess progress and appropriately adjust educational programs for each student.

“It is an incredible joy to see the growth in my son after two years of therapy… academically, enhanced attention and focus, as well as improved confidence. I am so thankful for the opportunity to invest time and resources in this program in order to see this enormous progress.”
Sandee Macgregor, Parent


Search and Teach is an early identification and intervention program for 5 and 6 year olds. This program is two-fold: it helps identify potential learning difficulties and then sets up an intervention program to address those issues. Through Search and Teach, children gain confidence and experience learning success, opening the door to a bright future!

Together they are a powerful pair!

NILD,ILS, Search and teach
SEARCH is a test which helps identify possible learning difficulties and weaknesses in neuropsychological skills basic to reading and language arts programs.

TEACH is a program based on the results of the Search test. It uses instructional methods, including fifty-five task cards, to develop a child academically to succeed in reading and language arts programs. 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.

“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