NILD Educational Therapy: Level I

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'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

NILD Educational Therapy Level 1

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)

It has been such an inspiration to me as a therapist, to see my pupil growing in confidence as his school work improves. He enjoys his therapy sessions and responds well to the various techniques we have done.

Ann Briscoe (NILD Educational Therapist, South Africa)

I have found that while being a NILD therapist my auditory memory has improved. I struggled with Rhythmic Writing while doing Level 1 and when doing my Level 2 training, I was able to help some of the new therapists with Rhythmic Writing. 


Karen Weimann (NILD Educational Therapist, South Africa)

I like school now.

Ethan Wilson age 9 Learner

NILD Level 1 was the most wonderful and effective training course. I am a confident parent and a teacher. Rhythmic Writing is just great. My son's hand writing is legible. Last summer holidays, one of his friends [studied together in class 2 and 3, now my son is 15] told me, "Aunt, I can now read what Simran has written." Now I am harvesting the benefits. 

Dr. Janki Venkatesh (NILD Educational Therapist, India)

Very inspirational and knowledgeable course with good practical and tangible application. The way children were meant to learn.

Moné van Rooyen (NILD Educational Therapist, South Africa)

Search and Teach is an amazing programme, for younger children with learning problems. 


Karen Weimann (Search & Teach Practitioner, South Africa)

This programme makes the entire learning process active, engaging and enriching! 

Jayasree Venkatesh (NILD Educational Therapist, India)

My handwriting has improved a lot. 


I am delighted with what information I came away with, even after teaching for so many years, I learnt so much. No other course has delivered the amount of information and equipment which we received. The girls on the course were wonderful and we were kept busy for 5 days. Jacquie and Shireen did an amazing course and I can only say a resounding thank you.

Rosemarie Wade (Search and Teach Practitioner, Swaziland)

I like working on the board, it makes me clever. 

Aiden age 7