Our Approach To Helping Students With Learning Disabilities

The Learning Station approaches the challenge of remediating learning problems using techniques developed by the The National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). NILD Educational Therapy® focuses on strengthening areas of weakness in perception and cognition through a program of individualized, intensive, interactive stimulation producing independent learners in a one-on-one setting.

Deficit stimulation does not use compensation techniques that teach the student to compensate for the perceptual weakness, but employs a set of clinical techniques that stimulate the areas of weakness. This causes the brain to strengthen and adopt new learning patterns. Fundamental to this process is the concept of mediated learning where the student receives one-on-one guidance in the process of developing these new patterns from a trained therapist in regular, scheduled sessions.

This differs from tutoring. An Educational Therapy® session engages a set of clinical techniques that are tailored to the individual student and designed to stimulate his perceptual deficits. Tutoring is designed to strengthen a student's understanding in a particular subject area where he is having trouble assimilating concepts. This is useful for students who have normal perceptual and cognative skills but is largely ineffective for remediating perceptual deficits.

The Educational Therapy Process

Each student in The Learning Station's program recieves an individualized therapy plan that is tailored to his specific needs and administered in a series of one-on-one sessions with an individual therapist. Each student is assigned to one therapist and typically retains that therapist for the duration of his therapy experience. The therapy plan is based on the results of a battery of standardized tests administered when initiating therapy and at annual intervals thereafter. The test package is designed to expose the student's perceptual deficits and demonstrate progress throughout the therapy experience.


Educational Testing Services

Before a student may enter an NILD Educational Therapy® program, he must take a battery of formal and informal diagnostic tests to determine his specific areas of perceptual and cognative weaknesses. The results of these reports will be recorded, analyzed and interpreted. A complete report will be compiled that includes the results of all the data accumulated. This report will become the basis for tailoring the therapy program for the student. The following is a list of the standardized tests employed:

  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition (This test is administered by a licensed Psychologist.)
  • Woodcock Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery - IV
  • El Paso Phonics Survey
  • Goodenough - Harris Draw-a Person Test
  • Auditory Discriminatin Test (Wepman)

The Learning Station also offers a testing service for preschool screening for ages 5 through 7. This service is offered as an idependent service and is not a component of NILD Educational Therapy®.


No student is

merely a statistic.

Each student is

an individual

with individual

challenges

that require

individual

solutions.