NONVERBAL LEARNING DISABILITY COACHING (NVLD)
Nonverbal Learning Disability (NVLD) can affect one’s social interactions, spatial awareness, and/or fine motor and gross motor skills. Struggling to understand visual-based academic concepts (i.e., geography, geometry, etc.) and social cues (i.e., body language, vocal inflections, etc.) can lead to challenges in higher-level learning and overall social interaction. Rather than adopting these skills naturally, individuals diagnosed with NVLD may benefit from explicit 1:1 instruction and coaching to focus and strengthen skills such as abstract thinking, problem solving, and higher order reading comprehension. As opposed to following a set curriculum to teach academic skills and social communication cues, New Frontiers in Learning utilizes a cognitive modeling approach, supporting individuals with NVLD to identify areas of skill deficit unique to their experiences as a learner in order to develop skills and systems to succeed in areas where they are directly struggling.
We offer individualized one on one academic tutoring at the middle school, high school, and college levels in content areas such as Math, Science, Computer/Technology, Economics/Finance, Foreign Language and the Humanities.
Subject area coaching is directed through an executive functioning lens, where coaches and students work through the skills necessary to learn subject matter by exploring strategies such as preteaching, reteaching, and how to use textbooks and online resources to learn. Instead of strictly tutoring, we are using the tutoring process to help students learn how to learn (metacognition).
Nonverbal Learning Disability tutoring sessions focus on helping students get the help they need in content, while also assessing the resources they have outside of tutoring sessions. Students are encouraged during tutoring sessions to access their teachers, professors, peers, and other available resources. Coaches check in with their students before and after sessions to make sure they are prepared and are following through with additional studying and review. Tutoring sessions also focus on process. Before a coach finishes a session, they develop a plan for next steps in the studying process. We make sure that our students have a plan for HOW to study, not just when to study. We teach students how to study for different types of tests in different classes. We focus on closing the gap between students thinking they know information and true understanding.