What is educational therapy and how is it different from tutoring?
- Intensive educational intervention delivered by a specialist trained in learning disabilities (reading, writing and math) and ADHD
- Addresses underlying learning skills such as language processing, memory, visual processing executive functioning, etc.
- Focuses on remediating academic skills such as reading, writing, math, organization, time management and study skills after weak processing skills are identified
- Focuses on direct skill building while capitalizing on the studentís strengths
- Utilizes research-based remedial strategies to ensure academic success while employing multisensory techniques to ensure that all learning pathways are stimulated (visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic)
- Utilizes techniques from different disciplines such as speech therapy, language therapy, occupational therapy and psychology to address the special needs of the student
- Encourages metacognition, which helps students develop a plan to help them “know what they know” and use that information across settings
- Focuses on re-teaching academic subjects
- Utilizes the student’s classroom texts
- Focuses on homework help and organization of work
- Follows the pace and content of class materials
- Places emphasis on helping the student to keep up with classes and standardized testing
Some commonly asked questions include:
- When Does A Child Need Educational Therapy?
All students want to feel confident and successful in school. When a child continues to struggle despite academic tutoring or parent-teacher interventions, he or she may be evaluated for underlying learning or attention subtype deficits. When not properly remediated, learning problems often develop into social and emotional issues. Educational therapy can provide students with the ìlearning tools and strategiesî they need to become successful and independent learners.
- What Is A Learning Specialist?
All of our Learning Specialists hold advanced degrees in the field of education, special education, reading and/or overall learning differences. They possess maturity, patience, knowledge, and the ability to share that knowledge with others in a friendly, approachable manner. All Learning Specialists work collaboratively with Dr. Gall on a consistent basis and the studentís educational team to develop individualized plans that capitalize on the learner strengths.
- How Do These Services Work?
A student is initially assessed to learn more about his or her learning profile, as well as areas of strength and areas of required development. This is achieved through a parent and student interview. We also review important documents, such as report cards, IEPs, teacher written reports, educational testing, work samples, etc. A student may be recommended for formal testing if it is deemed necessary. Learning strengths and areas of need are then defined explicitly. The student is matched appropriately with Dr. Gall or a Learning Specialist that can meet his or her educational needs. A specific educational plan is developed and goals are established. Some common and specific educational therapy goals include reading decoding, reading comprehension, written language, mathematics, organization, time management and study skills. By acquiring explicit instruction, tools and strategies, a studentís self-esteem and learning is often improved, ultimately helping the student feel comfortable within his or her learning environment.
- How Do I know If My Child Is Benefiting From Educational Therapy?
All goals are individualized and monitored over time. A written progress summary report is provided and discussed with the parents and student around the time of his or her progress reporting periods at school (November, February, May and August). With permission, information is gathered from the school setting to ensure that students are generalizing the skills they are taught. Our comprehensive approach to meeting studentsí needs requires communication and collaboration. This process allows for us to measure the success your child is experiencing and know that he or she is benefiting from our services in order to become an independent learner.
- How Frequently Will My Child Need To Attend?
The level of support required depends on the educational needs of the student. Other public and private supports being provided to the student are also taken into consideration. Consistent and intense academic support will result in maximum gains in a short period of time. Generally, a minimum of two sessions per week is recommended but each case should be reviewed individually to determine the appropriate amount of support needed.
- Where Do Students Receive Therapy?
Learning Specialists may work out of PRS offices. However, the majority of our Learning Specialists travel to the client’s home or work in local libraries. We find that this tends to be more convenient for families. There is no additional fee for home visits.