NILD Educational Therapy: Level II


This is a 4-week online and 1-week residency course designed to give developing educational therapists continued training in accordance with the NILD intervention model. This course addresses the development of oral language through the processes of mediation and effective questioning in order to promote higher order thinking skills. It covers additional instruction in interpretation of initial assessment and annual test reporting, a review of Level I techniques, and instruction in Level II techniques. Finally, it will foster additional skills in the ability to identify cognitive functions.


This course will build upon prior knowledge and equip the educational therapist to more effectively implement NILD techniques. Specifically, upon successful completion of this course, the educational therapist will be able to:

  1. To review the 5 core techniques and demonstrate technique proficiency.
  2. To learn new Level II techniques
  3. To establish ethical standards and codes of conduct into the practice of NILD Educational Therapy
  4. To expand understanding of LD characteristics
  5. To expand understanding of testing – WISC interpretation, Initial/Annual testing
  6. To expand understanding of the use of language development and critical thinking in developing skills of reading, maths and spelling
  7. To increase understanding of the importance of ongoing liaison with classroom teachers, parents and NILD
  8. To begin to develop the skills of questioning, pacing, transitions and bridging to life
  9. To begin to implement the principles of mediated learning into the NILD Educational Therapy session
During the 4-week online portion of the course, Participants will be required to:

  • Watch video vignettes online
  • Follow lectures (in PowerPoint format) online
  • Read sections of the course manual
  • Submit papers
  • Respond to discussion board questions
  • Complete knowledge surveys
  • Read sections from prescribed books
  • Practice new level II techniques
  • Review level I techniques

During the 1-week Residency portion of the course, Participants will be required to:

  • Attend classes from 8:00 to 17:00 daily
  • Do word analysis daily
  • Complete a testing assignment
  • Complete a Rainbow Book Test
  • Do Level II Demonstrations
To be obtained by participant:

  1. Speech to Print by Dr. Louisa Moats
  2. The Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy: A Teaching Model by Ficksman and Adelizzi
  3. Nancy Mather and Sam Goldstein’s Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviours
Receipt of fees does not guarantee acceptance onto the course. If your application is unsuccessful, your full deposit will be refunded. Should there be space on a course, late registrations may be considered.

Refund Policy

  • Refunds will be made only upon written request.
  • Registration, less R500 processing fee, will be refunded if cancellation is made after application has been accepted.
  • NILD has the option to retain tuition payment for any participant who does not notify NILD of non-attendance at least one week prior to the course’s start-date.

Classes start at 8.00 am each day and will finish at the latest at 5 pm. Classes finish at 13:00 on the final day.

Please note: You need to attend the entire training in order to fulfil the pass requirements. Please allow sufficient time for transport to and from the airport and the venue when booking your flights.

  1. Accommodation and meals: Please arrange your own.
  2. Transport: We recommend that you make use of a Shuttle service or Uber.


Minimum number of course participants: 6
Maximum number of course participants: 20

The minimum number of applicants for this training is 6. Should the minimum number NOT be reached, the training will be cancelled and your deposit will be fully refunded. It is therefore important that you do NOT book any flights until AFTER the closing date for applications (23rd October 2017). You will be informed as soon as possible.

NILD Educational Therapy Level 2
NILD Educational Therapy Level 2

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 therapist interns must have experience with one student for one full academic year prior to enrolling in the Level II course (or 60-80 hours) and must hold current membership.

An on-site observation is required if Level 1 was taken before June/July 2015. Please contact Shireen Archibald should you require more information in this regard.

NILD Educational Therapy Level 2
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