Lorri Wilke, M.Ed., PCET, SL/DS

Creating Lifelong Learners



Lorri Wilke, M.Ed is a professionally certified educational therapist offering hope to struggling learners through Educational Therapy, as well as early intervention (Search & Teach) for young learners before they experience the frustration of learning failure. 


 Lorri Wilke serves students in Joliet, Plainfield, New Lenox, Shorewood, Channahon, Minooka, and the surrounding areas.  In certain situations, tele-therapy is possible.  This means that therapy is provided via the internet in my e-office.  


Learning is a dynamic, interactive process.  For many, it is plain hard work and frustration.  When the tools for learning are not readily accessible, both students and teachers can become discouraged.  Can effective tools be provided?  Much depends on the philosophy that supports the intervention.  As an educational therapist, I believe that the answer is YES!


Philosophy:  I believe that all students can learn and that the brain is open to modification at all stages of development.  I provide individualized, direct, and focused educational treatment for cognitive systems that are weak and vulnerable.  


Method:  Student and therapist interact in one-on-one NILD Educational Therapy® sessions twice a week for 80 minutes each. Educational therapy uses interactive language and dynamic intervention to develop core academic skills and higher order processing. 


Young learners (ages 5 and 6)  participate in SEARCH & TEACH, which can potentially reduce the length of later educational therapy or even eliminate the need for later educational therapy.    


Baseline:  A complete psycho-educational battery of tests identifies areas of cognitive strengths and patterns of vulnerability.  Using initial and annual assessments, an individualized program of NILD Educational Therapy is developed for each student.  Academic skills and higher order processing are developed and strengthened through a variety of therapy techniques.  


Mission:  My goal is to build competence and confidence in those who struggle to learn, thus creating efficient lifetime learners.  



  • Create a work ethic of perseverance and diligence
  • Develop fluency in reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics
  • Development of reasoning skills for problem solving
  • Improvement of verbal and written expression
  • Strengthen auditory and visual processing skills
  • Establish attentional skills

Research:  The findings of a recent joint study paralleled those published by Dr. Kathleen R. Hopkins in her 1996 doctoral dissertation, A Study of the Effect of Interactive Language in the Stimulation of Cognitive Functioning for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Students enrolled in NILD Educational Therapy made gains in academic and cognitive areas tested in both timeframes.  Increases were deemed significant using effect size as a measure of change.  Control groups (those not using NILD Educational Therapy) made less progress and, in most cases, their scores regressed.  See the NILD website for the complete report at www.nild.org and click on "Research." 


Target:  Educational therapy is appropriate for ages 7-adult while SEARCH & TEACH is appropriate for 5 and 6 year olds.  Both are appropriate for students involved in any type of educational setting (public school, private school, or home school).


***A joint statement was issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Council on Children with Disabilities, and the American Academy of Opthalmology.  While the report is written to discourage parents from pursuing vision therapy for students with dyslexia, the article recommends educational therapy.



Lorri Wilke is a member of the following professional organizations:

National Institute for Learning Development (NILD)

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

Association of Educational Therapists (AET)

Everyone Reading Illinois (ERI)

The Feuerstein Institute 










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