What are Discovery Groups?

The National Institute of Learning Development’s (NILD) logo, the figure eight, represents four key components developed through NILD educational therapy-cognition, perception, emotion, and academics. The figure eight is incorporated in an activity called Rhythmic Writing that helps to strengthen attention, processing skills, and handwriting. Rhythmic Writing is one of over twenty educational therapy techniques that NILD-trained educational therapists employ to enhance their students’ ability to learn. NILD has a unique intervention program for struggling learners. This intervention is language-based educational therapy targeting areas of weakness in processing, memory, attention, oral and written language, reading, spelling and math.

The Discovery Rx 4 Reading intervention is based on one of our core techniques: The Blue Book. Discovery Reading Group interventions have the following academic components: The Blue Book is based on the Orton-Gillingham method and proceeds systematically and sequentially through increasing levels of reading performance, including and integrating all five components of reading which include: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

The Discovery Group therapists have received specific training on use of mediated questioning techniques (MLE) which lead the student from their zone of proximal development (ZPD) to higher level thinking skills. The Blue Book method is not scripted. The therapist makes decisions during the session which respond to and address the individual students’ deficits, constantly adjusting the pace, content and questions to reinforce the level of understanding and growth. The small group dynamic offers the therapist opportunities to implement peer-mediation and social training. The therapist focuses on developing the student’s cognitive strategies and processing skills rather than just on academic performance. The Blue Book Method with a trained therapist addresses long-term sequential memory, auditory and visual perception, specific cognitive strategies for verbal functions, including listening, speaking, reading and writing, confidence and self-regulation, attention and ability to focus on salient details, and executive functioning skills, among others.