This book brings you into the lives of children, adolescents and adults with learning, attentional, and comorbid disorders as they work to achieve a sense of competency in the academic, intellectual, and social arenas of life.
Educational Therapy is a psycho-dynamic practice that employs techniques which are tailored to meet the specific academic, socio-emotional, intellectual and developmental needs of a client. The process unfolds in conjunction with a trusting relationship between the client and educational therapist (ET). This coalition is comprised not only of the trust that comes from a client who aspires to succeed in the classroom, the workplace and in all the relationships that contribute to these experiences, but also of empathic reciprocity which develops over time. The intermutual progression informs the practitioner how and when to temper the pace, and when to step back and reflect on the power of the treatment alliance as it continually reshapes the relationship, the task, and the outcome. Selma Sapir stated that “The therapist, teacher and diagnostician become one”.
While our journeys into the profession of educational therapy vary widely, it is often these fortuitous experiences that shape our perspectives. On Saturday, February 26, 2011, Susan Baum, PhD., presented an AET workshop in Los Angeles entitled “Understanding Twice Exceptional Learners”. Listening to the questions asked helped me realize how fortunate I am to haveContinue Reading
We are all products of a multitude of variables in our lives such as unique developmental histories, styles, preferences, environmental factors, and the socio-cultural contexts into which we are born, and then transition in and out of in order to adapt to the challenges that confront us. I am grateful that I can turn toContinue Reading
When I first began working as an educational therapist, I advised parents to monitor their children’s excessive television time. Sometimes I suggested a moratorium on TV watching before school so the child could be dressed and fed in time for carpool each morning. Several years later, video game playing and computer/internet time were added toContinue Reading