What is Educational Therapy?

What is an Educational Therapist?

An educational therapist is a professional who combines educational and therapeutic approaches for evaluation, remediation, case management, and communication/advocacy on behalf of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities or learning problems.

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.

Educational therapy demystifies learning problems and stimulates clients’ awareness of their strengths so they can use those strengths to best advantage to overcome or compensate for areas of weakness.

Educational therapists create and implement a treatment plan that utilizes information from a variety of sources including the client’s social, emotional, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological context.

Does my child need Educational Therapy?

The need for educational therapy may be identified in a number of ways. Your child or adolescent may never been identified by specialists or school personnel, but you have made some of the following observations:

  • You may have had early indicators when your child was very young, such as early ear infections, difficulty with maintaining concentration on a task, problems remembering, delay in learning language, or problems paying attention.
  • Your child or adolescent may come home from school and tell you, “I’m stupid. I hate school! I don’t get what I am supposed to do.” You see a loss of self-esteem regarding school performance.
  • Your child or adolescent may resist going to school, or participating in the normal childhood activities.
  • You may have concerns based on observation of your child or adolescent that all is not right with his or her ability to learn, or to benefit from school.
  • Your child or adolescent may take an extreme amount of time and parent support to get homework tasks done.
  • You see ongoing struggles with homework and school assignments that have increased as schoolwork becomes harder.
  • You see discouragement and withdrawal.
  • Your child does not enjoy reading, and/or is a slow reader.
  • Your child has trouble following directions or understanding what is being asked of him.

If your child or adolescent has been identified by a specialist or school personnel:

  • Your child or adolescent may already have been identified as a struggling learner by school personnel such as a classroom teacher, the school psychologist, or the speech and language specialist. However, he or she may require additional individualized interventions beyond those now received.
  • Your child or adolescent is receiving services from multiple specialists, and you need assistance in coordinating services.
  • You need assistance in interpreting reports and recommendations from various specialists who work with your child.
  • You would like assistance developing an overall treatment plan for your child.

Adapted from the Association of Educational Therapists, www.aetonline.org