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Frequently Asked Questions

What is educational therapy?
Read the definition of Educational Therapy on the Association of Educational Therapist’s website here: http://www.aetonline.org/

What is the difference between educational therapy and tutoring?
Although content tutors and educational therapists (ETs) may both help clients achieve academic success, the training and role of content tutors and ETs are generally quite different. ETs’ backgrounds include training in learning disabilities, case management, executive functioning, and the overall academic and emotional survival of formal classroom experience. In addition, ETs go beyond the scope of content tutors by helping students develop the underlying thinking skills necessary to become more efficient and autonomous learners.

What is the difference between educational therapy and the work of a psychologist or psychiatrist?
Educational therapists differ from therapists and psychiatrists in their scope of practice. Educational therapists do not diagnose, assess, or prescribe medication for any conditions such as ADHD, depression, or other medical conditions. In addition, educational therapists do not administer psychological tests, intelligence tests, or practice psychotherapy.

How long will my child need educational therapy?
Educational therapy is not a quick fix, nor is it a forever process. Termination is the goal for every client. This goal is reached when the client is able to assume responsibility for his/her own learning, identify his/her learning style, and approach learning tasks with more self-awareness and confidence.

My child doesn’t have a diagnosed disability; could he/she still benefit from your services?
Educational therapy benefits a variety of students. In particular, educational therapy is a great fit for students with learning disabilities or other learning challenges, low self-esteem, school related anxiety, inhibited academic motivation, ADHD, and poor executive function skills. Students who have been called names like “lazy,” “stupid,” “unmotivated” and/or have a poor or inconsistent history of academic achievement are frequently good candidates for educational therapy.

Can you evaluate my child for a learning disability?
Educational Therapists do not diagnose, but we can give accurate observations about what we see based on a student’s learning profile. If the etiology of a learning challenge is desired, the student will be referred for a full evaluation by a neuro- or educational-psychologist. An evaluation is not required for all students receiving educational therapy, but it can be beneficial to confirm the accuracy of a diagnosis, which may help generate more specific treatment options.