An educational therapist is a trained professional who (a) provides academic tutoring and remedial instruction, (b) addresses social, emotional, and self-regulatory issues that interfere with learning, and (c) offers support, information, and case management services to families and individuals struggling with school and learning.
I begin by listening to parent concerns and reviewing pertinent records. I may request or provide additional assessments. Once student needs are identified, a treatment plan is devised.
I am qualified to do educational testing, but I am not licensed to do psychological testing. For clients who require psychological or neuropsychological testing, I can provide referrals to qualified professionals.
Since school and academic issues are often complex, an important aspect of my work is helping clients find the additional services they need. I can help clients locate allied professionals such as speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, developmental pediatricians, psychologists, counselors, advocates, or vocational specialists.
Two sessions a week are recommended. The duration of services depends on client needs.
Yes, I can provide virtual educational therapy on Zoom. When working virtually, I ask the parents make sure the student has a quiet place to work and has the necessary supplies ready.
I typically charge $40 per hour. There is no charge for initial consultations. Hourly fees are charged for assessment and instructional sessions as well as for school meetings. In addition, I may charge mileage for travel to distant off-site locations. Clients are asked to pay for consumable materials.
Educational therapy is rarely covered by medical insurance.
Yes, I ask clients to sign a contract when they begin educational therapy and at the beginning of each school year. The contract is not set for any specific amount of time, and families can discontinue services when they feel the services are no longer needed.