What is an Educational Therapist?
Many people confuse the difference between what an educational therapist and a tutor does. So what’s the difference? A tutor generally focuses on teaching a specific subject matter, an educational therapist’s focus is broader.
An educational therapist collaborate with all the significant people concerned with the student’s learning. They focus on remediation, but also underlying learning skills to help clients become more self-aware, self-reliant, efficient learners. An educational therapist training is much more extensive than a tutor. For example, their training involves extensive training and experience in learning disabilities and intervention strategies specific to learning differences.
A tutor’s background does not necessarily include training in learning disabilities, specific syndromes, assessments, appropriate interventions, or case management. Tutors are generally skilled in a specific subject matter. Educational Therapists typically work in a private practice, reading clinics or in private schools with a small group of students and on an one-to-one basis with a student. They are also know as an Learning Specialist or Learning Coach.
Educational Therapists have specialized training in the following areas: administering formal and informal assessments, providing skill development and remediation, facilitating communication and coordinating services on behalf of clients, supporting collaboration among the members of the client’s learning community.
Educational therapists address academic, psycho-educational and socio-emotional aspects of learning. Academic areas include reading, writing, math, study skills, and critical thinking skills. Psycho-educational skills include strategic learning, analysis and problem solving, and self understanding.
The educational therapist fosters the development of self-advocacy skills in order to help clients succeed in multiple settings. An educational therapist addresses the interrelationship of emotions and learning by providing a safe environment in which the client may explore elements of the learning context. In addition, an educational therapist goals and strategies differ from a tutor by setting goals and developing an intervention plan that addresses not only academic difficulties but also psycho-educational and socio-emotional aspects of like-long learning through an eclectic combination of individualized intervention strategies. Referrals are made to specialists when needed.
A tutor frequently focuses on improving grades and commonly uses traditional teaching methods to reach academic goals. The services that an educational therapist provide are formal and informal assessments, utilizes specific, and when appropriate, alternative teaching strategies. Also, and ET provides case management by coordinating with the student’s team of teachers, parents, and allied professionals. A tutor provides individual assistance with homework or instruction in a specific subject matter.
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