A Letter to Parents


Dear Parent,

Thank you for inquiring about NILD Educational Therapy. I'd like to take a moment to help you understand what differentiates it from other learning programs and 'tutoring.'

The National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) program is distinct because it uses "interactive language and dynamic intervention to develop core academic skills and higher order processing through explicit and intentional instruction, inductive reasoning and Socratic questioning, guided practice and systematic feedback, and self-regulation and transfer." These practices are what set NILD apart. The NILD program is based on many decades of theory and scientific research from the fields of both education and psychology. The power of NILD techniques go far beyond 'patching fact gaps.' They re-scaffold brains.

How it works:

· Interactive Language: NILD techniques are based on 'interactive language."  I thoughtfully talk with your child about the tasks at hand. I act as a bridge between them and what they are learning. I guide them through each task breaking down steps and setting an example (modeling) of how to 'make a plan' and strategy.  I mediate. Most kids learn by absorbing intuitively. Some challenged learners, don't. But challenged kids can learn too if a skilled mediator guides them through the process of 'how to think.' This works brilliantly when kids are engaged consistently over time (it usually takes two years of dedication—but your child benefits with a lifetime of richer, easier learning).

· Humans Teach Humans Best: I work with your child one-on-one and face-to-face. I skillfully redirect their answers to my questions and get them to talk about what they are thinking as they tackle tasks (this is called meta cognition). I consciously build their ability to process what I say, process the work before them, and get them to verbally process all of that back to me before they are given the next hardest task. They learn to complete the full-thinking circle. If we do this consistently, they will take the skills learned into their everyday life. 

· Educational and Psychological Theory: NILD tools are based on educational and psychological theory. Piaget, Vygotsky and Feuerstein developed their bases. Intelligence can be changed (it is modifiable). With intense stimulation kids with learning difficulties can improve their processing skills. 

The bottom-line? NILD therapy is an interactive language-based therapeutic tool based on sound educational and neuropsychological theory that stimulates brain development. Brains grow. As an NILD therapist I enter every session filled with belief in every student's potential. I know hidden abilities exist, they just lay dormant or 'in waiting.' 

My biggest thrill is connecting kids to their potential. The best part is we have a ton of fun doing it!

Let's do this. Let's THINK!

Susan Addams, Director

Licensed Educational Therapist, MBA

THINK! Therapy Center