Search and Teach- NILD, Virginia (USA)


Early Identification and Intervention for Learning Difficulties

“To help children conquer fear of failure, to inspire them to realize their full potential – there are few tasks nobler, more meaningful and more essential for the betterment of society as a whole.”
“The strength of SEARCH & TEACH is in early intervention. This twofold approach offers educators an effective tool for catching learning disorders at the beginning of a child’s academic career, before the downward spiral of failure begins. With proper and timely identification and intervention, many children can be spared the lifelong consequences of learning disorders.”
Recent and current research indicates the value of a ‘preventive’ approach to deal with potential learning problems in the future. NILD has taken the challenge to provide help for young students ( K-2nd grade).
SEARCH & TEACH is an early identification and intervention program developed to meet the educational needs of young learners before they experience the frustration of learning failure. It is a powerful tool for identifying and preventing various problems in young children.
SEARCH is a 20-minute individual test designed to identify 5 and 6 year olds vulnerable to learning difficulty. The test content is designed to survey perceptual and neuropsychological functions basic to learning. It provides profiles of individual strengths and weaknesses in the foundational skills necessary for reading success. SEARCH provides a total score to assess vulnerability to educational failure. It has further power in offering clues as to clinical diagnoses as obtained in intensive psychiatric and neurological studies of individual children.
TEACH is a resource book of instructional tasks designed to mesh with the SEARCH profile of assets and deficits. These targeted perceptual simulations (SEARCH) relate directly to deficits uncovered by SEARCH and verified by a multidisciplinary assessment. TEACH, a program of 55 learning tasks, was carefully developed and tested during a four-year investigation of pre-reading skills to address the needs revealed by SEARCH. It is an individualized program, but does allow for some small group work of review activities with children of similar needs.
NILD ( National Institute for Learning Development) was established in 1982 to assist schools, organizations and individuals in the development of programs for students with specific learning disabilities.