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What is Educational Therapy?

Januarary 2016


Educational Therapy offers children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges a wide range of intensive, individualized interventions designed to remediate learning problems.


Educational therapy demystifies learning problems and stimulates clients’ awareness of their strengths so they can use those strengths to best advantage to overcome or compensate for areas of weakness.


Educational therapists create and implement a treatment plan that utilizes information from a variety of sources including the client’s social, emotional, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological context.


Definition of the Educational Therapist - An educational therapist is a professional who combines educational and therapeutic approaches for evaluation, remediation, case management, and communication/advocacy on behalf of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities or learning problems.


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The Difference Between Educational Therapy and Tutoring


While a tutor generally focuses on teaching specific subject matter, an educational therapist’s focus is broader.  Educational therapists collaborate with all the significant people concerned with the student’s learning, and they focus not only on remediation but also on building self-awareness and underlying learning skills to help clients become more self-reliant, efficient learners.



  • Association of Educational Therapists


  • National Center for Learning Disabilities


  • Understood for Learning and Attention Issues



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A Great Resource

Deidre Dubin Jan 2016


This guide describes each of the six success attributes. It features quotes from successful adults with learning disabilities who help explain each attribute from the viewpoint of individuals who live with LD.


Recommendations for how to develop success attributes in children with learning disabilities as well as tips on how to recognize if a child possesses any of these important characteristics and behaviors are also included.


The Frostig Center Life Success Parent Guide PDF

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Understanding the five leading learning and attention issues. 


Does your child struggle with attention, reading, math, writing or coordination? It could be due to learning and attention issues. Read about five of the most common learning and attention issues here.


1. ADHD: More Than Moving Fast

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects around 10 percent of kids between ages 3 and 17. ADHD makes it hard for kids to sit still, concentrate, focus and control impulses. This isn’t because kids with ADHD are lazy. While the exact cause of ADHD isn’t known, research shows that genetics, differences in brain development and problems with brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) could be involved.

If you think your child is showing signs of ADHD, here are some ideas of what you can do next.


2. Dyslexia: The Best-Known Learning Issue

Dyslexia is the most recognized learning issue. Roughly one in five children show symptoms of this brain-based condition. It’s sometimes referred to as a “reading disability,” but it can affect more than reading skills. Dyslexia can make writing, spelling, speaking and even socializing difficult.

The good news is that dyslexia is well researched. If your child shows signs of dyslexia, there are many ways to help at home and school.


3. Dyscalculia: More Than Math Anxiety

Dyscalculia is sometimes called “mathematics learning disorder” or “math dyslexia.” Many kids (and adults) have anxiety about math. But dyscalculia is not the same thing as math anxiety. Roughly 6 percent of school-age kids may have dyscalculia—ongoing trouble understanding and working with numbers and math concepts. Researchers know less about dyscalculia than they know about other learning issues. However, research is being done into the causes of dyscalculia. If your child is having trouble with math, take a look at these signs of dyscalculia. There are resources and strategies available to help your child at home and school.


4. Dysgraphia: Wrestling With Writing

Dysgraphia affects writing skills. Researchers think the way the brain processes information and translates it to symbols plays a role in dysgraphia. Kids with dysgraphia may have messy handwriting as well as trouble holding a pencil, drawing and forming letters. They may also struggle to organize their thoughts and express them using proper sentence structure. Is your child showing signs of dysgraphia? if so, there are many ways to help him.


5. Dyspraxia: Trouble With Motor Skills

Dyspraxia affects a child’s ability to plan and coordinate physical movement. This is due to how the brain processes “messages” from the muscles. It isn’t due to muscle weakness. Roughly one in 10 kids have some symptoms of dyspraxia, such as clumsiness, trouble speaking or difficulty with tasks that require the use of more than one movement. If you think your child might have dyspraxia, explore these ways to help



If you think your child is showing signs of ADHD, here are some ideas of what you can do next.


Understanding the Full Evaluation Process

By Amanda Morin


An evaluation is the gateway to special education. Before your child can get special education and related services for the first time, the school must give her a comprehensive evaluation. This process is guided by legal rules in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Understanding the comprehensive evaluation process is easier if you don’t think of “evaluation” as meaning a single “test.” There’s a reason it’s called an evaluation process. A series of steps are needed to look at (or evaluate) your child’s strengths, weaknesses and school performance.


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