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Definition of Educational Therapy

An educational therapist is a professional who combines educational and therapeutic approaches for evaluation, remediation, case management, and communication/advocacy on behalf of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities or learning problems.

Educational Therapy and Tutoring

There is overlap between educational therapy and other professions, but the most common confusion arises when differentiating the work of an educational therapist from the work of a tutor.


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.

Tutors come from a variety of academic fields, often with a wide range of training and experience. Skills vary from one individual to another, making generalizations difficult to establish.  

The Association of Educational Therapists, the national professional organization for educational therapists, has set professional requirements for educational therapists, including academic criteria, standards of ethical practice, and continuing education requirements.


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