What is Educational Therapy?

Educational therapy...

  • focuses on:

    • improving academic skills

    • remediating learning challenges and/or differences​

    • building underlying learning skills 

    • improving self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-confidence

  • uses both formal and informal assessments to learn about a child's specific strengths and challenges, ultimately using their strengths to overcome their unique challenges

  • also targets psycho-educational and social emotional goals when appropriate and when impacting academics

  • considers the impact of many variables on a child's learning experience and success, including school environment, family dynamics, and community expectations

  • teaches skills and strategies that will help kids better manage attention and learning while at school

  • is different from tutoring because:

    • educational therapists receive additional training in understanding learning disabilities, educational psychology, academic assessment, intervention strategies​, and have a period of supervised therapy practice

    • educational therapists create individualized treatment plans, presenting material in alternative ways to facilitate deeper, long-term learning

    • tutors typically focus on one subject area, with a main focus on improving grades, reviewing coursework, and completing homework 

    • tutoring has been proven to be ineffective in the treatment of learning disabilities, because it typically implements the same teaching strategies used in the school setting

  • treats individuals with learning challenges and differences, including those with learning disabilities

  • can provide intervention for children diagnosed with:

    • language-based learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)

    • specific learning disabilities

    • ADHD​

    • executive functioning disorder

    • autism spectrum disorder

    • undiagnosed reading, writing, spelling and/or math challenges 

Who can benefit?

What academic skills can be targeted?

Pre-reading skills

  • phonemic awareness 

  • phonological awareness 

  • print and book awareness

  • letter awareness

  • sound to letter correspondence

  • improving vocabulary 

Reading

  • decoding ability

  • word attack skills

  • improving reading fluency

  • narrative skills

  • improving working memory

  • reading   comprehension 

  • improving vocabulary 

writing

  • writing mechanics

  • prewriting skills

  • organizational support

  • grammatical rules

  • editing and proofreading

  • spelling

  • writing for different purposes

  • improving working memory

math

  • basic math concepts

  • computational   math skills

  • math facts automaticity 

  • better understanding of word problems

  • math strategy and formula use

Executive Functioning

Can help in any of these areas:

  • task initiation

  • response inhibition

  • focus

  • time management

  • working memory 

  • flexibility

  • self-regulation

  • emotional self-control

  • organization