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
The 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.