Educational therapy refers to when an educator works one-on-one with your child, typically outside of school (but it is not the same with tutoring), wherein kids are taught skills and strategies to help them manage their learning or thinking differences and improve schoolwork. Educational therapists work with students with learning differences like learning disabilities, ADHD, executive functioning needs, anxiety, work avoidance, and low self-esteem.
How is educational therapy different from tutoring?
Traditional tutors focus on academics while educational therapists use a broader approach. Tutors typically provide assistance with homework and teach additional instruction in specific subject matter. Educational therapists provide individualized intensive intervention, conduct formal and informal assessment of academic skills, and utilize alternative teaching strategies. Additionally, educational therapists can also provide case management for clients with a wide range of learning disabilities and learning issues.
How do I know if my child needs educational therapy?
A child who is struggling and falling behind in school is not a happy child. Take note if it takes a lot of attention to get your child to do homework and get chores done. Or, if your child shows resistance to going to school. When a child continues to struggle despite parent help, school interventions, and/or tutoring, it may be time to seek further help.
Educational therapists can help identify behavior issues that may be caused by underlying learning and thinking differences, teach strategies to improve focus and work habits, and provide a safe environment for your child to talk about school and learn how to self-advocate.
Educational Therapy at Point Dume School
While the term learning disabilities is a generalization, our Educational Therapists work with students with many learning disabilities including, but not limited to: Dyslexia, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Reading and Writing Difficulties, Math Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Language Processing Problems, Visual Processing Problems, as well as Poor Motivation, Low Academic Self-esteem, Poor Organizational and Study Skills and School and Test Anxiety.
Our educational therapists are professional educators who provide one-on-one individualized intensive intervention utilizing a wide range of teaching strategies to meet the needs of their individual students.
Additionally, the Point Dume School Educational Therapists foster communication with other professionals, teachers and the student's family to develop a team approach to support the student's learning. Our educational therapists collaboratively set goals and develop an intervention plan that addresses not only academic difficulties, but also psycho-educational and socio-emotional aspects of lifelong learning.