Overview: The Project’s academic intervention program is based on National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) educational therapies designed to stimulate students’ cognitive and perceptual weaknesses. Each student’s academic strengths and weaknesses are determined through initial testing. Once testing results are evaluated, an NILD therapist designs an individualized program to address student academic weaknesses, while stimulating strengths.
Educational therapies provide students with individual and/or group therapy twice a week from September to April. The therapy curriculum develops student cognition, perceptual abilities (both visual and auditory), academic achievement and emotional well-being. Therapy is administered to students by a certified NILD therapist. Students also participate in a Rhythmic Writing exercise at a chalkboard during each therapy session. Rhythmic Writing develops directionality skills, visual perception skills, focus and attention abilities, visual-motor control, and multi-tasking abilities.
About NILD: NILD Educational Therapy® was developed to treat assumed, underlying causes of learning difficulties rather than simply treating the symptoms. It is a true therapy in that it 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. The goal of NILD Educational Therapy® is to help students develop tools for independent learning in the classroom and in life.