It’s that time of year again…kids are itching to get outside and celebrate summer. Can we blame them? It’s beautiful outside! I want to be right out there with them. However, I will happily be joining my colleagues in
the classroom this summer, learning how to become a better therapist. I’ve signed up for the Level II course, the Search & Teach workshop, and the Math Workshop. I’m thrilled to gain new techniques to use with my student! (We currently do the 5 core techniques, along with a few others.) My hope is also that, with more training, I will be able to work with more students with varying needs.
I will also be working closely with my student this summer (twice a week), so she can get a boost before diving into middle school. This is good news for both of us–she won’t miss a beat with academics and therapy, and I’ll get to apply my new skills immediately!
Here’s what I’m expecting to learn this summer (taken from the course syllabi):
NILD Educational Therapy Level II:
- how to question students effectively
- developing an understanding of mediated learning
- how to interpret test results with emphasis upon prescribing an appropriate individualized program
- knowledge of Level II techniques
- skills of pacing, transitions and bridging
- gain an improved understanding of cognitive functions
- identify 5 and 6-year-olds who may be vulnerable to learning difficulty
- how to provide profiles of individual strengths and weaknesses in the foundational skills necessary for reading success
- pre-reading skills to address the needs of young learners who may be at risk for learning difficulty
- how to teach foundational math concepts that every student must know
- recognizing the stages of number development
- fun activities that develop number sense
- how to motivate a reluctant student who is afraid of math
- how to strengthen math confidence in students
Have you signed up for a course yet? If you’re interested, you better act quickly! Courses begin soon, and they are filling up fast! Did I mention you can get GRADUATE CREDIT for taking some of these courses? NILD is teaming up with Regent University to offer three graduate credits for $300. If you didn’t already know, that is a great price!