Distinctives of NILD
Best-practices in education support these four key areas necessary to make meaningful and permanent changes in students’ thinking, learning, and achievement:
1. Explicit and Intentional Instruction
Research shows that students need precise instruction with intentional intervention focused on their individual needs.
2. Inductive Reasoning and Socratic Questioning
Research shows that through questioning, students will be challenged to move beyond their developmental level and stimulate critical thinking.
3. Guided Practice and Systematic Feedback
Research shows that through individualized instruction, students become active participants and higher level learning occurs.
4. Self-regulation and Transfer
Research shows that as students work with the educational specialist, impulsivity is curbed and precision and clarity in verbal expression is attained.
These distinctives address learning challenges and raise expectations for cognitive and affective change building confidence and competence for independent functioning.
“Following an in-depth review of NILD’s program using the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Knowledge and Practice Standards, we are pleased to report that IDA recognizes your program. In support of this recognition, we commend these strengths of your program:
NILD’s therapeutic approach is research-based, individualized, and grounded in test and observation data.
NILD addresses all components of reading within a cognitive development framework. Development of rich vocabulary is heavily emphasized in all segments of the therapy session.
NILD’s program is strong in the area of tests, assessment, and progress monitoring. Diagnostic teaching is clearly taught and mentored.
Ethical standards for therapists are taught explicitly and monitored.“
Suzanne Carreker, Chair IDA Professional Development Committee