Educational therapy is an intensive educational intervention beyond what tutoring can provide. Educational therapy provides educational and therapeutic approaches to helping students through the learning process. Not only will an educational therapist assist a struggling student with specific subject material, they will also take an active role in the evaluation, assessment and remediation process. Our educational therapists also provide case management and collaboration among parents, teachers and medical professionals. They may also act as an advocate on behalf of the student and participate in IEP's and 504 plans.
In order to assist students with learning challenges, or disabilities, The Learning Center looks to identify processing skills required for learning that may be underdeveloped. Our educational therapists then build the student's awareness of his or her specific learning style and teach important learning skills to assist the student in becoming a more independent learner. In this way, the student can use his or her strengths to best overcome areas of weakness. As areas of processing develop and the student is trained to understand their own specific learning styles, we are able to teach academics including reading, writing, math, and study skills. With the thinking processes to support them in place students are then able to retain these skills and learn subject matter more effectively.
The Learning Center's educational therapists provide individualized intensive interventions involving both educational and therapeutic approaches. An educational therapist is different than a tutor in their level of experience in working through educational interventions and in their knowledge of disabilities.
Educational therapists can also provide case management including communication with teachers, school counselors, learning specialists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, and/or psychiatrists who often may work with the student in order to coordinate services and facilitate a better understanding of the student's learning needs and development. An educational therapist often assists in developing more effective IEP's and 504 plans.
If a student does not already have the results of an evaluation from a professional, the student may need a Psychological-Educational Evaluation to determine levels of academic achievement, learning style, and areas of strength and weaknesses that we use to develop a treatment plan.
The length of therapy depends on the number of issues and severity of the problem at hand. Intense and consistent sessions will result in maximum gains in a shorter period of time.
If a student simply needs help in a specific subject and does not present any of the above signs, educational therapy may not be necessary. The student may require tutoring.