Serving Fairfield County, Connecticut
What Is Educational Therapy?
Educational therapy uses research-based interventions that work to address an individual’s pattern of learning strengths and deficiencies. It focuses on building fundamental academic skills, along with cognitive and success training. Educational therapists provide individualized intensive interventions with a student with learning challenges, using both therapeutic and educational approaches. An educational therapist is different than a credentialed or masters level teacher in their level of training and experience in working through educational interventions.
Who are the services for?
Services are for children and adults with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD, speech and language difficulties, low vision, hearing impairment, and those who struggle academically.
How Is Educational Therapy Different From Tutoring?
• Focuses on re-teaching academic subjects
• Utilizes the student's classroom text
• Focuses on homework help
• Follows the pace and content of class materials
• Places emphasis on helping the student to keep up with classes
• Intensive educational intervention by a specialist trained in learning disabilities
• Addresses underlying learning skills
- Auditory processing
- Visual processing
- Visual tracking
- Attention and focus
- Reading and Math fluency
- Word retrieval
• Focuses on skill-building
• Uses research-based remedial strategies to
ensure academic success
• Focuses on remediating academic skills such as reading, writing, and math after week processing skills
• Uses specialized therapy tools and materials according to the student's needs
• Enables students who receive intensive
educational therapy on a regular basis to become
equipped with the tools to compete with or exceed
their peers who initially breezed through school.
• Utilizes techniques from different disciplines such as Speech Therapy, Language Therapy, Reading Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Psychology to address the special needs of the student
When Does A Child Need Educational Therapy?
All children want to feel confident and successful in school. When a child continues to struggle despite academic tutoring or parent-teacher interventions, he or she should be evaluated for underlying learning deficits. Learning problems often develop into social and emotional problems, when not properly remediated.
How Do Therapy Services Work?
A child is initially assessed to determine his or her strengths and weaknesses. This is done through reviewing documents, such as IEPs, teacher written reports, educational testing, work samples, etc. A child may be recommended for formal testing if it is deemed necessary. Learning strengths are defined and a therapy plan is developed.
What Are Some Therapy Goals?
Therapy goals include building self-esteem, developing learning strategies, improving the learning process, developing confidence, building automaticity. They also include attaining mastery level reading, writing, and math skills.
How Frequently Will My Child Need To Attend?
Consistent and intense therapy will result in maximum gains in a short period of time. A minimum of two sessions per week is recommended.