What is Educational Therapy?

Educational Therapist mainly helps individuals with mild disabilities acquire and improve learning skills; however, educational therapists can teach all students with different learning needs regardless of having or not having a diagnosis. For example, some students may be struggling with academics due to their family or environmental issues.

Who are the clients of Educational Therapy?

Even if a problem is not serious at first, if the problem left unsolved for a long time, it may lead to other serious issues such as emotional stress, trauma, and significant academic problems. That is exactly why concerns should be addressed early. Especially, those students who have experienced frequent moving or school transfer, those students who were raised in multilingual or multicultural environment, those students who have chronic stress, those students who do not read books on a regular basis, or those students who have few occasions to see peers may be at risk. Please share your concerns if you have any.

  • Multilingual without strong language foundation
  • Academic performance is significantly different by subject
  • Reading or writing difficulty
  • Lack of vocabulary
  • Test anxiety
  • Organizational problems
  • Difficulty with time management
  • Forgetful or memory problem
  • Difficulty with application of a principle
  • Concerns about particular subject matter
  • Take longer time to complete a task
  • Restless at almost all times
  • Difficulty with concentrating on a task
  • Easy to lose items
  • Difficulty with learning a new idea or task
  • Challenged to plan ahead
  • Slower reading or writing
  • Reading comprehension difficulty
  • Often misunderstood by others
  • Frequent misspelling
  • Difficulty keeping up with high expectation of school

What is the age range of Educational Therapy clients?

Preschool to Adults
*In principle, Educational Therapy is targeted for children; however, college students and adults can also receive service.

The differences between Educational Therapy and tutoring

Educational Therapists have extensive training in learning disabilities and other forms of learning difficulties whereas tutors usually skilled at time management, task completion, study skill, specific subject matter assistance. Both Educational Therapy and tutoring may support homework and test preparation, but Educational Therapy focuses more on building the foundation of learning and long-term development.

Roles of Educational Therapist

  • Formal and informal academic assessment and testing
  • Observation of communication and behavior at school and home
  • Synthesis of information from allied professionals
  • Understanding of social, cultural, and psychological environment of client
  • Developing better learning habits, environment, and methods
  • Understanding underlying causes of school failure and problems
  • Providing academic, social, and emotional support
  • Teaching self-advocacy skills