educational therapy vs tutoring

An educational therapist has the specific training necessary to support students with learning differences and possesses the specialized knowledge to work with a variety of diverse learners, including but not limited to students with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, processing deficiencies, and executive functioning issues. Educational therapists focus on giving students the tools they need to become successful lifelong learners. In addition to the traditional academic skills of reading, writing, and problem solving, educational therapy concentrates on the underlying learning skills of attention and focus, organization and prioritization, visual and auditory processing, working memory, and more.

Although generally skilled in specific subject matter, a tutor lacks the specific training to support students with learning differences, learning disabilities, specific syndromes, assessments, appropriate interventions, or case management. A tutor tends to focus primarily on improving grades using more traditional teaching methods to reach specific academic goals.

services offered

Content Area Skills
• Reading fluency and comprehension
• Written expression
• Number sense and problem-solving skills
• Kindergarten readiness skills
• Preparation for the ISEE and other standardized tests

Learning Skills
• Note taking skills, test taking skills and study strategies
• Processing and memory skills
• Executive functioning skills
• Communication and language skills
• Self-advocacy
• Self-esteem and confidence in regards to learning

Curriculums Used
• Orton-Gillingham
• Read Naturally
• Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop
• Singapore Math
• Much more!

the process

Following the initial contact from a parent, our team will schedule a complimentary intake session with both parents and students. The purpose of the intake session is share information about student needs and start developing rapport between the therapist and client.

During the first few sessions of educational therapy, the therapist will informally assess your child in order to understand the full picture of the student’s strengths and skill deficits. This could include assessments in reading, spelling, writing, number sense, etc. After these initial sessions, the therapist will create several learning goals which are shared with parents.

Each educational therapy session is geared towards working on those specific learning goals in a variety of ways. Each session is tailored specifically to the child’s needs, interests, and learning styles. Input from teacher, other professionals, and parents helps inform best practices for each individual student. Therapists will provide monthly updates to parents are progress towards learning goals. We strive to eliminate stress related to learning in your home life and are happy to advocate for your student’s needs in a school setting as well.

While we love working with your children, our ultimate goal is for students to no longer need educational therapy! We aim to teach the skills and strategies to create successful, independent learners. The educational therapy process ends when the parents and ed therapist agree that goals have been met and the student is ready to move forward on their own. Since educational therapy is a very individualized process, we cannot predict how long your child will need educational therapy.