“Educational therapists combine educational and therapeutic approaches for evaluation, intensive individualized intervention, case management, and advocacy on behalf of children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities or other learning problems.
AET is the national professional organization dedicated to defining the professional practice of educational therapy, setting standards for ethical practice, and promoting state-of-the-art service delivery through on-going professional development and training programs."
- Ruth Lee, Board Member of The Association of Educational Therapists:
What Tutoring Centers Will Tell You:
- That they are fully equipped to understand the psycho-educational profile of any student they see.
- That they have the expertise to deal with emotionally wounded students
- That their method, book, or manual will teach students how to learn
What Tutoring Centers Won’t Tell You:
The services from tutoring companies cannot be compared to educational therapy.
- There, students will be served by untrained tutors, who may receive an overview of their companies teaching goals, but who are not trained to work with people with complex issues.
- There are not always reading or learning specialists on staff
- Training can be minimal
- It isn’t that these places don’t hire good recent graduates of various colleges and programs…
- but these hires are not always teachers and certainly not educational therapists, who must be supervised, trained, and achieve milestone examinations in ethics and technique.
Why it often takes more than a tutor:
- Children and adults who experience school, college, or work failure feel shame, and the powerful effects of shame require careful and ethical care to allow the student to resume their educational or work life with hope.
- Our clients are intelligent but underachieving, they are sensitive but wounded by failure, they need hope and are in danger of believing the worst of themselves.
- Their issues can be dyslexia, non-verbal learning disabilities, executive function difficulties, writing or time-management disorganization, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, comprehension or processing disorders, and expressive language disorders.
- They are exceptional, but in danger of becoming self destructive, or of coming to believe they are toxic or stupid. They are under great pressure to change and would like to succeed, but they don’t know how to. They feel shame and anxiety but can be helped by educational therapy.
Educational Therapy is the gold standard of remediation:
- Customized Goals and Strategies
- Therapeutic tutoring for students who learn differently, designed to help them achieve independence
- Communication and cooperation with all important people in a student’s life
- Improving students’ comprehension and performance.
- Not focused on the grade, but on the skill that insures that a student can do his or her best