Living in Southern California, there are many colleges and universities. We are lucky to be living near California State University, Northridge which has a Learning Center on Campus to help students with Special Needs. In conjunction with the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, the clinic at the Learning Center provides high quality affordable services for children with learning differences, such as literacy challenges. This summer, the center is working with the Association of Educational Therapists (AET) to provide Educational Therapy for students to work on their skills.
According to the AET website:
Educational Therapy offers children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges a wide range of intensive, individualized interventions designed to remediate learning problems.
Educational therapy demystifies learning problems and stimulates clients’ awareness of their strengths so they can use those strengths to best advantage to overcome or compensate for areas of weakness.
Educational therapists create and implement a treatment plan that utilizes information from a variety of sources including the client’s social, emotional, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological context.
I began inquiring back in February as to what programs the Learning Center might offer for children in the summer and when they told me it might be Educational Therapy, I was thrilled!! For the past 2 summers, my son was receiving Educational Therapy paid by our school district. Because of the gains he had made in the prior two summers he no longer qualified for after-school educational therapy in his IEP, although he does still receive many other types of in-school support. However, I was still concerned about how to help my son maintain his current skill level and prepare him for the coming year. The program finally came together and he is now receiving Educational Therapy twice a week, for 2 hours a day. I feel very fortunate that my son has this opportunity during the summer, so that he is prepared to enter the 5th grade in the fall.
More and more parents are discovering the value of Educational Therapists and I for one cannot sing their praises enough!! I hope this program is duplicated in other parts of the country so that other students with learning challenges have the opportunity to receive assistance from an Educational Therapist through a local program, college or university at an affordable cost. If you know of any other program like this, please feel free to post it. I would love to hear from parents in different parts of the country as to what educational programs are out there for children in the summer.