Educational Therapy

In a nurturing, 1:1 learning environment, students practice new ways to tackle academics, expand their skill sets, and develop greater confidence as learners. In a collaborative approach with the student, family, teachers, and other professionals, educational therapy builds on the unique strengths and needs of each child to help find new insights about and approaches to learning that students can take back with them into their classrooms. For students with diagnosed and undiagnosed mild-to-moderate learning challenges, educational therapy may include academic intervention and reteaching of skills to improve engagement at school and independence with learning tasks. Educational therapists aim to help students tap into their strengths so that they may access and understand the aspects of learning that get in the way of not only their fluent and independent engagement with academics, but also challenges their confidence and self-concept as students. 

Educational Therapists work with students, parents, schools, and other support professionals in several key domains, including: 

 

Literacy

  • Acquiring sounds and letters, and putting them together

  • Learning to read

  • Grade-level reading and reading comprehension strategies

  • Self-awareness of reading strengths and challenges

  • Promoting a love of reading

  • Annotating text

  • Spelling

  • Letter formation and mild graphomotor challenges

  • Conjuring, developing, and organizing writing ideas

  • Writing sentences, paragraphs, and essays

  • Nonfiction and creative writing

  • Using technology to promote literacy skills

Math

  • Developing early number sense

  • The four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

  • Deciphering and using the language of math: stories with words and numbers

  • Math facts across operations

  • Using technology to support math skill development

  • Self-awareness of math strengths and challenges

  • Learning through mistakes

  • Study skills for quizzes and tests

  • Homework strategy development and practice

Study Skills and Quality of Academic Engagement

  • Organization:

    • Assignment components, expectations, deadlines​

    • Preparation for quizzes and tests

    • Executive Functioning Skills: planning, executing, self-monitoring, and reflecting on tasks

    • Materials management: backpack, planner, binder, desk, locker, email inbox, Google Docs

    • Time management and prioritization of academic, athletic, and social engagements

  • Approach to Learning Tasks

  • Communication with teachers, parents, tutors, and other support professionals

  • Homework strategies and tools

  • Online academic and organization resources

Advocacy, Case Management, & Education: Support of Students, Parents, School Teams

  • Consultation and collaboration with family, school, and allied professionals in support of student 

  • Strategy and goal setting for parent-school-professional partnerships

  • Student and parent advocacy

  • Support groups for parents of students who receive academic support

  • Professional development for teachers and school administrators

Curricular Support and Learning Strategy Development Across Academic Domains

  • Content area support in the sciences, humanities, and foreign languages

  • Incorporating understanding of learning disabilities with implementation of accommodations and strategies across academic subjects

  • Helping students generalize study skills and learning strategies across subject areas