Discovery Program Learning Center, Beyond Tutoring-Developing Minds


Discovery Program Learning Centers create pathways to success for students through permanent cognitive changes.

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  • Thinking is connected to learning resulting in continuing achievement and success in the classroom and beyond.
  • Highly trained educational specialists develop student’s academic skills such as reading, spelling, math, and written expression skills by enhancing their thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Group and individual educational interventions are specifically created and implemented for each student.

We can schedule these life-changing sessions for your child at any point during the day, after school and during the summer.  Many schools in Hampton Roads allow our educational specialists to work with students at their school.  We also have Southside and Peninsula offices where students work with educational specialists during the day, in the afternoons and evenings.  Click here to see our locations.

How do you know when classroom instruction is not enough and the student’s need goes beyond tutoring?

Take survey for child age 5-7     Take survey for student age 8 and up

Look for four areas that are negatively impacted: cognition, emotions, perception and academics

This figure 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 therapists employ to enhance their students’ ability to learn.
In order to make sense of the world around us, to give meaning to our experiences and to develop the ability to learn new information, we are dependent upon our cognition. Cognition refers to thinking processes such as reasoning, reflecting, attaching meaning, remembering and evaluating. Thinking about how we think allows us to adjust our responses, adapt our learning behaviors, develop new strategies and problem solve. All of these are essential for developing independent, successful learners and productive members of society.
This refers to how we receive and process information either through sight, sound, touch, movement, smell or taste. We need to perceive information correctly in order for the brain to process the world around us. If the way a student perceives information is not correct the product or outcome that he is expected to produce in school/work will be impacted negatively.
The way we feel about the world around us, our relationships with others and our approach to life is largely impacted by our emotions. Self-confidence plays a key role in successful acquisition of new information, forming relationships and communicating our needs.
In order for students to successfully learn the required content and respond well to standards-driven instruction, students must be taught “how to learn”. Teaching a student how to learn creates independent learning skills that build competencies in cognition and processing so that the acquisition of academics becomes more efficient and effective.

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While journeying to independence, students’ abilities to learn become stronger because they are better able to:

  • pay attention and stay focused on the teacher’s voice
  • accurately hear and remember what the teacher is saying
  • read visual information on the board, transparencies, or computer
  • identify and comprehend the main points of what is being taught and accurately determine the significant information to record
  • remember how to spell words needing to be written
  • Write legibly
  • Complete homework accurately and independently

Educational specialists  foster students’ journeys to independent thinking and learning by individualizing intervention:

  • focusing specifically on students’ areas of difficulty and dealing with
    challenges as they arise during the actual learning process
  • maintaining the intensity of focus needed to help the student work
    through difficulties
  • developing the trust needed to free the student to accept and work
    on difficult areas

Parents assist their child’s journey to independent thinking and learning by:

  • providing structure and accountability
  • supervising homework
  • maintaining regular contact with the educational specialist to increase
    understanding of the learning process and collaborate in providing
    an effective program for their child