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Educational Therapy

We Felt the Magic Immediately

" I called NEAT Services and my husband and son came with me for the first consultation. We felt the magic immediately and are so excited."
2019-01-25T19:17:07-07:00
” I called NEAT Services and my husband and son came with me for the first consultation. We felt the […]

You Care So Much

" We are so happy to give you this testimonial! You care so much for Marquez and he’s come so far! I can’t wait for this next school year!"
2019-01-25T19:18:12-07:00
” We are so happy to give you this testimonial! You care so much for Marquez and he’s come so […]

Where Do I Start?

Thanks so very much, Wendy! Where do I start saying the many wonderful things we feel about the work you are doing. Thank you!
2019-02-01T11:48:22-07:00
Thanks so very much, Wendy! Where do I start saying the many wonderful things we feel about the work you […]

Finally Getting Communication!

Since Wendy intervened, I'm now receiving tons of information about my son from his school. Thank-you, Wendy! ~

Kelly B.
2019-02-08T18:32:09-07:00
Since Wendy intervened, I’m now receiving tons of information about my son from his school. Thank-you, Wendy! ~ Kelly B.

So Glad She Is By Our Side!

Wendy is an amazing advocate, ally, and friend. Her enthusiasm for her students makes for an instant bond. She truly cares about the success of your child. My daughter is making amazing strides thanks to her help and guidance. I am so glad she will be by our side when we revise our IEP this February!
2019-02-19T20:44:03-07:00
Wendy is an amazing advocate, ally, and friend. Her enthusiasm for her students makes for an instant bond. She truly […]

Thanks A Million!

Thank you, Wendy!  I hope we get to work together again, and I will not hesitate to recommend your services to parents (both tutoring and advocacy). Thanks a million!

Pam H.
2019-03-08T11:46:58-07:00
Thank you, Wendy!  I hope we get to work together again, and I will not hesitate to recommend your services […]

The Revised IEP Is (Finally) Being Honored!

Wendy with NEAT Services is an amazing advocate! They helped me and my child during my IEP meetings and have made sure the revised IEP is being honored. We are so excited to finally be on the right track! Thank you so much, Wendy, for all your help!

Alexandria F.
2019-03-29T21:25:13-07:00
Wendy with NEAT Services is an amazing advocate! They helped me and my child during my IEP meetings and have […]

What Is Educational Therapy?

Some parents have asked us recently why we term what we do in our center as “educational therapy” and not tutoring. Is there a difference, and how can parents decide which is the best approach for their child?

The simple answer is yes, there is a difference, and we do both, and each method of addressing academic deficiencies applies in different situations. Tutoring tends to focus on specific subjects – math, literacy, writing, for example – whereas educational therapies is a general term indicating a broader approach which, in addition to focusing on academic specifics, incorporates learning methods and techniques and is always practiced by experienced professionals.

A child with dyscalculia or math anxiety, for example, would not do well with a tutor, as simply repeating math problems over and over would not address or recognize that the child may be struggling with “number sense”. Children with academic struggles will respond better when underlying issues are recognized and addressed.

Are the two terms interchangeable? While an educational therapist can (and does) tutor, not all tutors are educational therapists. We hire only education professionals with decades of in-class experience and education with autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety and learning disorders. We recognize that in-school academics are not always adequate for every student, and we address learning and attention issues.

Here are just a few examples of what therapists may do:

  • Help identify behavior issues that may be caused by underlying learning and attention issues
  • Teach strategies to improve focus and work habits
  • Teach time management and organization skills
  • Develop an educational plan by giving assessments, tracking progress and adjusting as needed
  • Provide a safe environment for your child to talk about school and learn how to self-advocate
  • Act as a link between home and school

In addition, an educational therapist will often act as liaison and advocate in a 504 or IEP meeting, and would be prepared to present data collected during sessions in an ordered and easy-to-understand manner.

Bottom line? Tutors and educational therapists, while similar, are not the same, and parents can expect different results from the two. Putting a tutor in to do the role of an educational therapist could cause unnecessary anxiety and work against a well thought out academic plan presented by an educational therapist. Knowing the difference will save money, time, and be a much better option for most students who struggle with academics.

Call our office or fill out a short information request. We look forward to hearing from you.

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