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

Creating Lifelong Learners

Search & Teach


Search & Teach is an early intervention program developed to meet the educational needs of young learners before they experience the frustration of learning failure.  This differs from Educational Therapy, which was designed to help students who have documented learning disabilities, and in many cases have already experienced frustration and failure in the regular classroom.


SEARCH is the scanning component of the program.


TEACH is the instructional component of the program, provided during a minimum of three 30-minute sessions per week.  


SEARCH is a 20-minute individual test designed to identify 5 and 6-year olds who are vulnerable to learning difficulty, and to provide profiles of individual strengths and weaknesses in the readiness skills necessary for reading success.  SEARCH consists of 3 tests of visual perception, 2 auditory tests, 2 tests of intermodal skills, and 3 neurodevelopmental tests. 


TEACH is a program of 55 learning activities called "tasks," carefully designed to address the needs revealed by SEARCH. Remedial tasks are ordered from simple to complex, and organized into visual, visual-motor, auditory, body-image, and intermodal skill clusters which correspond to the elements of the SEARCH test. 


SEARCH & TEACH was developed by Archie Silver, M.D. (child psychiatrist), Rosa A. Hagin, Ph.D. (psychologist) and the staff of the Learning Disorders Unit at New York University School of Medicine and is based on extensive interdisciplinary research on the diagnosis and treatment of learning disorders.  It has been implemented in a large variety of school settings throughout the United States.  This exceptional program was unanimously approved by the Joint Dissemination and Review Panel of the U.S. Office of Education for its:

  • Educational Impact
  • Cost-Effectiveness
  • Replicability

SEARCH & TEACH is cited since 1980 in the U.S.O.E. publication Educational Programs That Work.


"The strength of SEARCH & TEACH is in early intervention.  This two-fold approach offers educators an efficient and effective tool for catching learning deficits at the beginning of a child's academic career before the downward spiral of failure begins.  With proper and timely identification and intervention, many children can be spared the life-long consequences of learning disorders." 

~Rosa A. Hagin, Ph.D., Research Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine