Claudee A. Faynik, M.A. has been working with students through Educational Therapy since 1993.  She is a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist through the National Institute for Learning Development.  In addition to her teaching and training classes, Mrs. Faynik is the N.I.L.D. Program Coordinator for Saints Academy Private School and West Oaks Academy located in Orlando, Florida.  In this capacity she has instituted a number of educational testing assessment programs including classroom evaluations with teacher – parent consultations, Educational Academic Testing, new student admissions testing, evaluation and assessment profiles for gifted students, teacher in service presentations and new therapist mentoring programs.

Mrs. Faynik has a Divinity Degree, a BS in Theology, and a MA in Christian Counseling from Zoe University. Additional training and studies include Teaching Techniques for the learning disabled as well as basic auditory perception and concept development.  She has attended educational conferences in Brain Theory and Educational Implications as well as Young Students Evaluation, Intervention, & Modifications.  Further education and training includes crisis help line and educator conferences.

In addition to Claudee being the program coordinator for Saints Academy Private School and West Oaks Academy, she is a member of the Central Association of Florida Therapists, moving through the chairs as their past secretary and vice-president.


In the beginning, Christian schools were developed to serve Christian families who desired a uniquely Christ-centered education for their children. Curriculum was written to meet the needs of the average to above average child. This did not work for all students. Some experienced difficulty and became frustrated, thus lowering their self-esteem.

Meeting Needs

In a desire to meet the needs of these children, our department of Special Professional services (SPS) was birthed. Since 1992, we have staffed this department with a Certified Educational Therapist through The National Institute for Learning Development.

The N.I.L.D. Program

The N.I.L.D. program exists in more than 43 countries internationally. There are currently more than 1,500 active N.I.L.D. therapists worldwide, 330 of whom are certified by N.I.L.D., denoting excellence and standardization in their therapy skills. N.I.L.D. has grown into a renowned and reputable international organization, impacting the lives of thousands across the globe. Annually, N.I.L.D. is instrumental in seeing action research initiated by Master Level therapists, who also serve as mentors and instructors for therapist-interns across the USA and abroad.

N.I.L.D. Educational Therapy

The N.I.L.D. (Discovery Program) was established to help individuals with learning difficulties who experience frustration and/or failure in one form or another. Typically, these students are of average to superior intelligence, yet they exhibit significant difficulties in acquiring listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, or mathematical skills. These conditions vary in symptoms and degree of severity.

N.I.L.D. Philosophy

The N.I.L.D. philosophy in working with LD students is based on stimulating areas which are deficient in perceiving and processing information. Rather than learning compensatory techniques, students receive individual, intense educational therapy. This therapeutic intervention approach is designed to improve academic performance through the integration of perceptual and cognitive skills.

How Does It Work

Students participating in educational therapy continue their enrollment in regular classes. Educational therapy/deficit stimulation is administered in a one-on-one setting in two 85 minute sessions per week. They receive educational therapy for three or more years depending upon their specific needs. The educational therapist works closely with the classroom teachers to monitor the student. Parents are expected to be involved in the process also. The goal for these students is independent functioning at grade level. To accomplish this goal, techniques have been designed to improve perception, cognition, and basic skills.

Lindamood-Bell® Programs

The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) Program assists individuals in the ability to identify sounds based upon actions of their mouth. This new sense of feeling sounds stimulates an additional modality for the verification of letter sounds and sequence, thus impacting reading and spelling. Emphasis is also put on speech clarity and articulation.

Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) is a program that enhances language, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and expressive language skills. Concept imagery enables a student to make mental movies of both written and spoken language.

Additional Services

  • School Admission Screening
  • Educational Evaluation
  • Basic Academic Testing
  • Individual Educational Therapy
  • Christian Counseling
  • Faculty In-Service Training
  • Classroom Observations
  • Parent Meeting
  • Individual Student Evaluations

Contact Information

Claudee A. Faynik, M.A.
Professionally Certified Educational Therapist
Cell Phone: (407) 719-2870

For your convenience, services are performed at the following two locations:

Discovery Center – South Location
Professional Educational Services


Located on the Saints Academy Private School campus
Discovery Center – West Location
Professional Educational Services

8624 A D MIMS RD
ORLANDO FL 32818-8601

Located on the West Oaks Academy campus

Claudee A. Faynik, M.A. is NOT Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes nor is it affiliated with, certified, endorsed, licensed, monitored or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell, Nanci Bell, Phyllis Lindamood or Pat Lindamood. Lindamood-Bell – an international organization creating and implementing unique instructional methods and programs for quality intervention to advance language and literacy skills – in no way endorses or monitors the services provided by Claudee A. Faynik, M.A.