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The Cougar Learning Center for Success is a department that continues to grow within the school. Our goal of this department is to meet the needs of families and to come beside them in supporting their child’s growth and academic success. In doing this, we have created the Cougar Learning Center for Success with two resources- the THINKLab and Educational Therapy. The THINKLab’s purpose is to provide students who receive accommodations through testing space to get those accommodations along with academic monitoring. This will work by our director and lab instructor partnering with teachers to schedule students with upcoming assignments that require accommodations. Educational Therapy is a one-on-one individualized intervention program to address the underlying causes of learning difficulties. Our therapists will review testing and create individualized therapy sessions to meet their student’s needs. The goal of therapy is for those students to be trained to view themselves as competent, confident learners, to gain mastery over their cognitive vulnerabilities, and to hone their cognitive strengths for success in the classroom and in life.
Entrance into either program will require testing (if testing has not already been done) and additional fees. Due to the individual nature of educational therapy, a waiting list will be created once capacity has been reached.
Your child may need access to the THINKLab if they already have recommended accommodations based on prior testing. Your child may also need access if their teacher, principal, counselor, or therapist has academic concerns and suggests testing.
Accommodations are determined through specific psycho-educational testing done outside of NCS. Our staff will then review the testing, recommend accommodations, develop an individualized accommodation plan, and speak with the parents, principals, counselors, and teachers regarding those accommodations. NCS will not diagnose or administer the required evaluation for entry into the program. Testing must be completed by an approved outside testing agency or diagnostician. For information or recommendations regarding evaluations or ISD testing, please click here.
The THINKLab will continue to grow. Our goal is to provide our students with the resources to succeed in school and beyond. As the THINKLab grows, parents will be notified of the services being offered.
National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) educational therapy focuses on developing clear, efficient thinking. Students are given tools to enable them to overcome specific learning weaknesses. Tutoring typically focuses on content, while educational therapy builds efficient learning processes. NILD Educational Therapy is skill-oriented, improving basic learning skills so students can learn and retain content.
Students become better able to:
Educational therapists become better able to individualize intervention by:
An NILD educational therapist is a highly trained individual who works with struggling learners in a one-on-one or group therapy setting. Educational therapists are specifically equipped with the ability to identify and assess student learning needs. They create and implement individual educational therapy plans utilizing the NILD techniques specific to each student’s learning goals.