Academic Development Center

SouthLake Christian Academy offers a wide variety of learning programs for students who need additional assistance. Our Academic Development Center employs licensed professionals who can assist students who require various levels of educational resources and therapy.*

National Institute for Learning Development

The National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training educators to work with children and adults with learning difficulties through an individualized program of educational therapy. NILD defines educational therapy as “an intervention that first determines a student’s patterns of learning strengths and weaknesses and then provides intense instruction in a one-to-one setting to remediate the identified educational weaknesses.” NILD Educational Therapy® focuses primarily on basic academic skills such as reading, spelling, written expression and mathematics. Improved skills are developed to achieve grade-level academic proficiency using a combination of direct instruction and mediated-learning strategies.

NILD Educational Therapy® includes 24 different techniques from which the educational therapist chooses specific techniques that will most appropriately meet the academic and cognitive processing needs of individual students. A typical NILD therapy session usually includes 8-12 techniques. Several core techniques that encourage strategy development, self-questioning, and oral language proficiency within the framework of learning basic skills in primary academics have been found to be the most useful (Hopkins, 1996).

NILD is offered only to students who, after a complete battery of testing, meet the stringent parameters to be successful with this focused therapy intervention.

Search & Teach©

Search & Teach© is an early intervention program developed to meet the educational needs of young learners (K-1) before they experience the frustration of learning failure. This differs from NILD Educational Therapy®, which was designed to help students who have documented learning difficulties, and in many cases have already experienced frustration and failure in the regular classroom.

Search is a 20-minute individual test designed to identify 5-and 6-year-olds who are vulnerable to learning difficulty and to provide profiles of individual strengths and weaknesses in the readiness skills necessary for reading success.

Teach is a program of 55 learning activities called tasks, carefully designed to address the needs revealed by a Search screening. Teach is offered to individuals in a one-on-one setting, allowing the student to move through the assigned tasks at the rate of their own development.

Language Enrichment Groups

The Language Enrichment Groups are offered for grades 1-3 and 4-6. Students participate in 45-minute small group sessions. Each session focuses on targeted reading strategies to increase reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Students receive additional support correlating with classroom instruction in the areas of reading and written expression.

Mathematics Enrichment Groups

The Mathematics Enrichment Groups are offered for grades 1-3 and 4-6. Students participate in 45-minute small group sessions. Each session focuses on foundational math skills that are designed to increase problem solving ability and improve mathematical reasoning. Also, students receive tutoring with the concepts currently being taught in their individual classrooms.

Tutorial Study Hall

Tutorial Study Hall is designed for middle and upper school students who have a documented condition which affects their learning. These study halls provide directed assistance in study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, and organizational skills.

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is offered on a contracted basis. Natasha Kearney, M.A., CCC-SLP, is our contracted Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist.

*Enrollment in programs offered through the Academic Development Center is based on a combination of criteria,
such as evaluation results and teacher recommendations. Acceptance in these programs is at the discretion
of the program director. These programs are not covered by general tuition.

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