Educational therapy considers each individual and their unique style of learning. The job of the educational therapist is to recognize the presenting problem as the manifestation of the underlying issue and work directly with the social and emotional aspects that impact learning. Strengths and weaknesses will be identified and worked with to build self-esteem and reassurance in the learning process.
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. Referrals for educational therapy are often made by allied professionals such as speech and language pathologists, psychotherapists, and neuropsychologists, among others, who see an educational need that their specific services do not address.
Educational therapy differs from tutoring and other remedial interventions in the way that it considers the impact of school, family, and community on the client’s learning. In addition to academic goals, educational therapy attends to psycho-educational and socio-emotional goals as well. Dr. Kroner often tries to use the student's curriculum as a vehicle to reinforce and teach underlying skills.
Dr. Kroner is an expert at identifying academic challenges related to disabilities such as Dyslexia, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Reading/Writing Disorder (Dysgraphia), Visual/Auditory Processing Disorders, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as, test anxiety and poor organizational/study skills.
Does My Child or Adolescent Need Educational Therapy?
The need for educational therapy may be identified in a number of ways.
If your child or adolescent has never been identified by specialists or school personnel, you may have observed some of the following indicators:
▪ Early ear infections, delay in learning language, and difficulty maintaining concentration, remembering, and/or paying attention.
▪ Loss of self-esteem regarding school performance.
▪ Resistance going to school or participating in normal childhood activities.
▪ Lack of progress at school and questions about ability to learn or to benefit from school.
▪ Extreme amount of time and parent support to get homework tasks done.
▪ Struggles with homework and school assignments that increase as schoolwork becomes harder.
▪ Discouragement and withdrawal.
If your child or adolescent has been identified by a specialist or school personnel, you may still find that:
▪ Your child appears to require additional individualized interventions beyond those offered at school.
▪ Your child is receiving services from multiple specialists, and you need assistance in coordinating services.
▪ You need assistance in interpreting reports and recommendations from various specialists who work with your child.
Educational Therapy For Adults
Significant indicators for adults who would benefit from educational therapy include the following:
▪ The adult is experiencing difficulty with learning expected tasks in the workplace.
▪ The adult notes a need for complicated compensatory strategies to camouflage difficulties with reading and writing in the workplace.
▪ The adult never attained skill levels needed to function in a workplace that requires reading and writing.
▪ The adult has difficulty organizing tasks and managing time efficiently.