• An educational therapist (ET) is a professional who has been trained to evaluate and remediate children, teens and adults who are experiencing academic difficulties and/or social and emotional problems related to learning. These academic difficulties may include dyslexia, attentional issues, difficulties in reading, writing, language and math, auditory or visual processing problems, memory issues or poor organizational and study skills.

  • After gathering family and medical information, including neuropsychological testing (if available), the ET assesses the client through formal or informal testing and then develops goals and objectives to help remediate the client's issue/s.  An individual treatment plan is designed based on the client's strengths, weaknesses and learning style.

  • Through understanding the client's learning issue/s and employing collaborative efforts with the client's family, teachers, and other specialists, the ET supports and encourages the client's academic success, self confidence and self-advocacy.

What is an Educational Therapist?

What is the Difference Between an

Educational Therapist and a Tutor?​

  • An ET has had specific training in learning differences including, but not limited to dyslexia, auditory and visual processing, memory issues, executive functioning, and academic subjects.

  • A tutor's schooling may not include training in learning differences, specific disabilities, intervention planning and reading and interpreting neuropsychological assessments.

  •  An ET is also trained in setting specific goals for the student, combining the student's strengths and interests in planning an individualized program. Academic, social and emotional goals are considered in the treatment, as well.

  •  As a member of the Association of Educational Therapists, an ET is required to obtain 40 continuing education hours every two years, as well as completing an Ethics course.

  • While a tutor manages the student's specific homework needs, an ET acts as a Case Manager who collaborates with parents, teachers, administrators and any other professional working with the student to provide success, self-reliance and self-confidence. ​




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