Educational Therapy

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What Is Educational Therapy?

Educational therapy is the clinical practice of using a wide variety of methods, strategies, tools, and approaches to provide holistic intervention in support of the intellectual, academic, and emotional well-being of a student. It centers on intensive one-to-one professional instruction in a private therapeutic setting and combines educational and therapeutic approaches to assist students with learning differences and/or challenges. Educational therapists go beyond teaching content to create an individualized learning plan to address the root causes of learning difficulties and challenges. This type of therapy combines informal assessments, psycho-educational testing, and social and emotional histories to discern the learning abilities particular to a child. It serves to demystify learning to empower a student through building self-esteem and self-confidence to recognize his, her, or their own unique abilities as a basis for confidently and successfully approaching any subject. Overall, the goal of an educational therapist is to help students understand and embrace their unique learning profile and to learn how to advocate for themselves in school and beyond.

Is Educational Therapy For Your Child?

If your child experiences any of these challenges either at school or with homework/assignments, educational therapy may be beneficial.

  • Difficulty paying attention in class

  • Anxiety

  • Poor concentration

  • Difficulty establishing boundaries

  • Struggling with decision making and transitions

  • Feeling misunderstood

  • Trouble completing homework

  • Disorganization

  • Time management issues

  • Anxiety about testing and deadlines

What Happens in a Therapy Session?

Therapy sessions are conducted in accordance with the specific goals created by a student and his or her team (parents, teachers, school administration, and mental health professionals) and occur in a safe and positive environment without judgment. I use educational and therapeutic approaches to identify and assess learning differences and/or challenges.

Together, we will consider the academic, social, behavioral, and emotional factors that can negatively impact learning and then develop an intervention plan that reflects a student's unique academic, social, and organizational needs. The resulting treatment plan and strategies will be based on a student's Specific Learning Profile.

Goals of Educational Therapy

  • Discover and use student strengths to overcome learning challenges

  • Creating awareness and acceptance of unique learning styles

  • Self-advocacy for one's academic and social needs

  • Foster development of self-confident, independent learners

  • Instilling positive attitudes about self

  • Addressing challenges interfering with student success

Duration of Educational Therapy

I generally meet with my clients 1-2 times per week for one-hour sessions. The duration of therapy is dependent upon a student's goals, motivation, strategies for growth, and willingness to partner with me as an educational therapist as well as parents, teachers, and other mental health professionals in order to meet and overcome learning challenges and differences.