Educational Therapy vs Tutoring – What are they and how do they differ ?

Educational therapy provides intensive individualized educational interventions for children with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, ADD or ADHD as well as other learning challenges. These challenges are often related to language processing , motivation and self self-esteem , executive functioning, organizational /study skill needs and performance anxiety. The goal of educational therapy is to improve student  learning and academic performance.

Educational therapists are skilled in diagnosing and treating these challenges by virtue of their knowledge of academic assessments and a wide range of learning strategies. They provide close communication between home and school to foster an understanding of the student’s needs and ensure appropriate support.

The difference between Educational Therapists and tutors lies in the depth of training and understanding an Educational Therapist must have in order to address the diverse needs of the student. A tutor’s background does not generally include training in learning disabilities, special syndromes, assessments, appropriate interventions or case management.

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. It fosters communication with all significant members involved with the client and attends to psycho-educational and socio-emotional goals as well as academic.