NILD Educational Therapy: Level 1

Proposed online course

4 – 29 September 2017 + 1 week residency 2 – 6 October 2017

NILD Educational Therapy Level 1 is an introduction to the general field of learning disabilities and provides foundational training in the philosophy and techniques of NILD Educational Therapy®. This course prepares participants to begin giving educational therapy as interns. (All NILD educational therapists are considered interns until certification).

Course Description

Develop foundational methodology for training students how to learn by strengthening current cognitive systems to greater efficiency. The end result is significantly higher cognitive, academic, perceptual, and emotional functioning. Explore the usage of psychological and educational assessments, which reveal patterns of cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Gain a comprehensive understanding and utilization of the NILD Level I techniques.

Learning Objectives
This course will equip beginning educational therapist with the tools used to identify and assess student’s learning needs, and prepare the beginning educational therapist to create and implement individual educational therapy plans, utilizing the NILD techniques specific to educational goals for student.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of NILD philosophy and methodology
  2. Describe NILD’s comprehensive approach that develops learning through perception, academics, cognition and emotions
  3. Explain the differences between NILD methodology and tutoring
  4. Understand how reading, maths and spelling can be impacted by improving cognitive functioning
  5. Identify learning challenges and apply specific tools to develop and enhance thinking skills
  6. Design an educational therapy programme according to the strengths and vulnerabilities determined by assessment and implement an effective intervention program based on the NILD techniques
  7. Begin to learn how to assess students annually
  8. Develop literacy skills in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics and syllabication
Programme Goals
This course contributes to the fulfilment of the following program goals:


  1. Provide initial understanding of introductory techniques
  2. Develop introductory level competency in the 5 core techniques
  3. Build an initial awareness of NILD philosophy
  4. Provide exposure to the characteristics of Learning Differences
  5. Give introductory understanding of testing including:
  6. WISC IV
  7. Initial Testing
  8. Annual Testing Process/Purpose
NILD Educational Therapy

NILD's Philosophy:

Believing that all students can learn and that the brain is open to modification at all stages of development, we provide direct and focused educational treatment for cognitive systems that are weak and vulnerable

Applicants must be in possession of a Baccalaureus Degree or 3-year post-matric diploma with some experience in the field of Learning Disabilities/ Learners with Special Educational Needs/ Remedial /Classroom Teaching. Non-teaching professionals (e.g. occupational therapists, speech therapists) are also eligible for acceptance. Each application will be individually evaluated. Should you have any queries about your eligibility, please direct your queries in writing to Shireen Archibald, email:
R13 700

Deposit: R6 850

(due with application form)

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