I often hear this comment from parents, “I want to put my child in this class/use this curriculum, but he is not ready for the material. I don’t know how to catch up him up to grade level.” My answer: Rx Classes!
What are Rx classes?
Rx classes base teaching on a therapy model of intervention. Class size stays very small with four to six children. The curriculum consists of different books and training through the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). Class planning changes week by week (not semester format) based on the needs of the individual students. This stays consistent with a therapy model of teaching which results with an individualized approach to the classes. Think of it as group educational therapy centered on a specific topic.
NILD describes Rx classes:
Higher-level thinking skills will be developed and supported in this interactive, small-group intervention that covers research-based reading, math, or writing instruction. Mediation, Socratic questioning, and strengthening of cognitive functions serve as the core methodology. Reading, math, or writing activities will be utilized as the core content in this dynamic intervention and students’ foundational reading, math, or writing concepts will be strengthened while their thinking, reading, language, writing, math, and/or problem solving skills will be challenged, all within an atmosphere where anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.
(modified from NILD website)
What student would benefit from an Rx class?
Any student not performing to his/her full capacity, whose skills fall below standard (grade level) would benefit from Rx classes. If a student struggles with more cognitive struggles, one-on-one educational therapy is recommended.
Where can I find Rx classes?
The NILD website contains a find a therapist feature. A small graduation cap icon appears next to each therapist and if you scroll over it, the training the therapist has is listed. The listing updates yearly, so if you find a therapist near you, contact them because they might provide those services, or can point you to someone near you who does.
The Thinking and Learning Center now offers Rx classes! Reading, Math, and Writing classes as well as individual therapy is offered. Contact me for more information!