What Is Educational Therapy?

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What Is Educational Therapy?

Educational Therapy offers children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges a wide range of intensive, individualized interventions designed to remediate learning problems or address academic underperformance. Educational Therapists engage students in activities that help academics as well as teach processing, focusing, organization, memory, and study skills.

Educational Therapy vs. Tutoring

The difference between traditional tutoring and educational therapy is significant in scope and practice. A tutor typically provides assistance with homework and teaches individuals requiring additional instruction in specific subject matter. For example, a student struggling in their math class will have their tutor reteach the math concepts that the student did not successfully learn in class.

An educational therapist provides individualized intensive intervention, conducts formal and informal assessment of academic skills, and utilizes alternative teaching strategies. An educational therapist can also provide case management for clients with a wide range of learning disabilities and learning issues. For example, I regularly collaborate and coordinate services with teachers, doctors, psychotherapists, and educational advocates.

How It Works

29809032_mlThe educational therapist uses a variety of methodologies and teaching materials to help the student reach academic success. All students learn differently and process information in a unique manner. Through an assessment process, educational therapists identify the learning styles best suited to an individual and devise strategies to help overcome weaknesses in other learning modalities.

Educational therapists are trained in methods and strategies designed to improve attention and focus as well as strengthen weak executive functioning skills. Individuals with executive dysfunction frequently have deficits in time management, planning, organization, task initiation (they procrastinate), working memory (they are often forgetful), persistence (lack motivation), as well other higher order cognitive domains.

Where Success Lives

By addressing the processing of information, organization, attentional deficits, memory, and study skills, the educational therapist is able to address the underlying problem of the learning difference that is keeping the student from succeeding in school.

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Educational Therapy and Academic Coaching
Executive Functioning
Study Skills
Educational Therapy vs. Tutoring

About the Author:

I am an executive functioning coach and educational therapist in private practice since 2009. Through intensive and individualized interventions, I design and implement programs for adolescents and adults who struggle with work production and effective time management due to deficits in executive functioning. My treatment plans are based on a holistic approach focusing on the client’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. As an ICF certified coach, I am trained to work with a variety of individuals and needs. However, my extensive formal education, specialized training, and experience allow me to be of particular service and benefit to the ADHD community. I provide a non-judgmental space for my clients to increase their self-awareness, identify their obstacles, and achieve their goals. I have dedicated my professional career to serving my clients and help them grow and transform their lives.

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