About the Author
Kathleen R. Hopkins, Ph.D., is executive director of National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), an international organization dedicated to meeting the needs of students who have difficulty learning, including those with and without specific learning disabilities. NILD offers educational intervention services to schools and districts (serving students in both individual and group settings), conducts teacher professional development programs as well as a certification program training classroom teachers in its educational therapy/learning model, and stages 2-day annual conferences featuring prominent learning and special education specialists, plus four regional teacher-training conferences at which about 600-900 general and special education teachers typically attend. NILD also offers supplemental and after-school learning development (tutoring) programs at over 35 school sites through Discovery, Inc., a subsidiary organization. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, NILD is active in over 32 countries as well as the U.S. and Canada.