How to Spot Learning Difficulties in Individuals
THE ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL THERAPISTS
The Association of Educational Therapists is a professional association that advances best practices in educational therapy, provides professional support to educational therapists and is a resource to other disciplines.
AET is a reliable resources of referrals for educational therapists throughout the United States. For more information or to find an educational therapists, go to www.aetonline.org or call (414) 908-4949
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
While a tutor generally focuses on teaching specific subject matter, an ET's focus is broader. ETs work with all the significant people concerned with the students' learning and focus not only on remediation but also on building underlying learning skills and helping clients become more self-aware, self-reliant and efficient learners.
Through skill assessment, alternative teaching methods, and case management that coordinates services with home, school, or workplace, and other professionals, educational therapy empowers children and adults with learning challenges to learn, achieve and develop optimally.
Educational therapists conduct formal and informal assessments of academic achievement, perceptual/language processing and specific cognitive skills. They integrate their test findings with those of allied professionals to determine clients' levels of current academic functioning, learning styles, psychoeducational issues, and specific areas of strengths and weaknesses in order to develop intervention plans appropriate to each client.
Because educational therapy is a collaborative, individualized intervention and each person's need and goals are different, there is no prescribed length of time. The clinet, parents, and ET work together to establish both long-term and short-term goals and evaluate when those goals are met.
UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM
Everyone learns differently. However, it is estimated that millions of children and adults of normal and superior intelligence are experiencing difficulty and even failure when they don't respond to traditional teaching methods.
While these individuals often have unique learning styles, they are able to progress and fulfill their potential when appropriate educational programs are put into effect by an educational therapist in a one-to-one setting.
WHAT IS AN ET?
- sensitively attuned to the interplay of emotions, cognition, neuro-development, and learning.
- an expert at helping clients gain the self-understanding needed to manage their learning challenges.
- knowledgeable about evaluation and assessment techniques.
- skilled at developing assessment-guided individualized interventions.
- proficient case managers who advocate for the client, coordinate services, and facilitate communication among families, schools, and allied professionals.
- reading, writing or math learning disabilities.
- language, auditory, and visual processing deficits.
- AD/HD, Asperger's, Autism, and other syndromes.
- poor motivation.
- low academic self-esteem.
- performance anxiety.
- poor organizational, study or social skills.
- associating sounds with letters and/or remembering printed words.
- comprehending what is read or heard.
- spelling correctly even after much practice.
- understanding written or spoken directions.
- expressing ideas orally or in writing.
- understanding mathematical concepts and/or recalling math facts.
- finishing homework or schoolwork on time.
- controlling impulses.
- organizing time, tasks and materials.
- educational background, training and experience.
- areas of specialization.
- short-term objectives and long-range. goals the client.
- approach and techniques for intervention.
- fee structure and policies.
- professional or board certified membership in the Association of Educational Therapists.