Discovery Program:

The National Institute for Learning Development was founded upon the biblical worldview that affirms each individual was created in the image of God and therefore has innate potential to learn and become effective in service to the world.

And God saw everything that he had made, and it was very good – Genesis 1:31

The Discovery Program is a supplemental program established to help students with learning difficulties who have experienced frustrations and/or failures in school. The program, accredited by the National Institute for Learning Development, uses intervention techniques in either a one-on-one setting or a Group Educational Therapy (GET) setting, for approximately three hours per week.  At Seattle Lutheran High School, Discovery is part of a student’s regular schedule; it is not a pull-out program.

Discovery Key Points

  • The focus of these intense sessions is on continual mediation and stimulation for developing deficit areas of perception/cognition, basic skills, and problem solving.
  • Students are guided to develop their own strategies to solve problems.
  • Educational therapy is non-tutorial. The focus is not on passing a test or completing an assignment, but on guiding students to refine their thinking to become independent learners.
  • Students DISCOVER who they are as learners both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The curriculum uses a variety of techniques that exercise a student’s cognitive and perceptual deficits within the contexts of reading, writing, spelling, and math.
  • Deficit areas (areas of weakness) are stimulated through multi-model techniques to rebuild inefficient thinking processes.
  • Refined thinking processes enable students to reach their highest potential in and out of the classroom.
  • Discovery sessions are individually tailored to meet the specific needs of each student.
  • One session a week is devoted to providing assistance in time management, organization, self-advocacy, communication, and/or any other individual need that arises.
  • Educational Therapists work in close collaboration with classroom teachers to monitor progress, implement accommodations, etc.

Nicole White

Professionally Certified Educational Therapist, Seattle Lutheran High School

(206) 937-7722  ext. 26

For more information, visit the National Institute for Learning Development at