Educational Therapy is an intensive educational intervention that is provided in a one-to-one setting. Students with learning differences or academic challenges can benefit from an individually designed learning program based on an assessment of their specific needs and learning profile.
At PNC our educational therapy is guided by Neuropsychologists to ensure the most effective treatment approach that is based on a student's specific neurocognitive and academic profile. Educational therapy provides a more intensive approach to academic development than a tutor or homework helper. In addition to supporting specific subject matter, an educational specialist takes an active role in the assessment and remediation process to ensure that the student is making gains at the expected level. The educational specialist can also act as a case manager with the student's school to help communicate accommodations that can be put in place in the classroom to help a student succeed. The ultimate goal of our educational therapy is not only to provide specific academic support but to engender a sense of agency and independence in the student, so they begin to feel more confident about their academic abilities and reach their greatest learning potential.
How the process works
A child may begin educational therapy upon referral from a teacher or school support specialist, or as a recommendation after completing a neuropsychological assessment. The first step is for a PNC learning specialist to provide a thorough academic assessment that identifies the student’s individual areas of strength and areas of need. The learning specialist then creates an individualized, research-based program that addresses the individual learning needs with specific strategies and a plan of implementation. The student and learning specialist typically work together a couple sessions per week at the center or at the child’s school or home. During the process, the learning specialist also acts as a case manager with ongoing collaboration with the family, the PNC team, and the school. The program incorporates regular monitoring to measure student progress in order to provide meaningful feedback to the student and family, and to adjust learning goals based on improvement or shifting areas of need.