Resources and FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Educational therapy emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between the educational therapist and the student. Educational specialists provide students with strategies to help them to learn how to learn most effectively, often using students’ textbooks and homework as a vehicle for instruction. Our aim is to capitalize on students’ individual strengths while working on their areas of difficulty. In contrast, the term “tutoring” is most often associated with helping a student with specific coursework such as math or biology.

Our educational therapists specialize in teaching research-based strategies. Staff are trained in a variety of programs, and each team member has one or more areas of specialty. Our specialists are trained in programs such as Orton Gillingham, Project Read, Wilson, LiPS, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Saxon Math, Touch Math, and On Cloud Nine.

All of our educational specialists incorporate lessons from our SMARTS Executive Function curriculum into their work with students to improve their time management, organization, planning, prioritizing, and self-monitoring within the context of academic work.

The duration of educational therapy services varies from student to student. Students typically work with an educational therapist until they become independent learners and begin to apply strategies automatically. We monitor progress through close communication with students and their parents.

Every student is different. Progress can be measured in many different ways and does not only manifest itself in higher grades. Students may show increased self-confidence, effort, and motivation in school. They may demonstrate a willingness to attend their educational therapy sessions or form strong bonds with their educational specialists. Students may also show an increased understanding of themselves as learners and are able to identify strategies and techniques that help them learn more effectively. Many students do show improvement in school performance, and more importantly, they are empowered by a sense of accomplishment in their work.

Educational specialists check in with parents frequently on an informal basis and by brief emails or texts. A parent conference is typically held at the end of the first six sessions so the educational specialist can report on a student’s progress. At the end of the school year, or when your child has finished educational therapy, the educational specialist writes a report summarizing the content of the sessions and the child’s progress. A parent conference is scheduled to review the report and discuss recommendations for future services. If parents have any concerns about their child throughout the course of the educational therapy sessions, a conference can be scheduled at any time.

Consultations and educational services are typically not covered by health insurance plans.

Unlike advocates, we do not pursue a legal course of action in order to negotiate with school systems or to obtain services for your child. However, we are available to attend school meetings and collaborate with teachers for the benefit of each student.


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