Summit Center offers Educational Therapy to students at the elementary through high school level. Our trained professionals combine educational and therapeutic approaches to assist students whose learning challenges at school are not resolving.
Some issues that we address in Educational Therapy include:
• Dyslexia and dyscalculia, or undiagnosed and unexpected problems with reading, writing and math at grade level.
• Test-taking difficulties in spite of effort in preparation.
• Problems with organization of materials and assignments.
• Problems with time management, including effective homework completion.
Educational therapy is not the same as tutoring. Our work is remedial, designed to fill gaps in background, understanding, and learning strategies in order to develop independent learners. We work closely with students and families to address social and emotional as well as academic aspects of learning problems.
In addition to evaluation and remediation, we provide follow-up information to families and teachers and communicate with other specialists and professionals as needed. Formal assessments often identify a need for educational therapy and can lead to more focused and productive educational therapy.
Educational therapy uses a wide range of strategies to maximize success. In addition to drawing on our own experience and creativity, we use strategies and methods from formal programs designed to remediate and/or accommodate problems in reading and math including:
• Barton, Wilson, LiPS, Slingerland and other Orton-Gillingham based reading methods.
• Visualizing/Verbalizing, Seeing Stars, Neuhaus Reading Development, and other methods for reading comprehension.
• Making Math Real®, a multi-sensory program for remediation in math.
• Assistive technology such as Dragon Naturally Speaking.
• T.O.P.: time management, organization and planning for developing effective executive function.
We want our clients to become independent learners who enjoy success in school and life. The ultimate goal of educational therapy is to foster
1) integration of individual students into grade-level school programs, with or without special accommodation;
2) effective, individualized strategies for independent learning;
3) demonstration of understanding in testing and other performance situations;
4) calm, confident functioning in academic settings.
We also offer Cognitive Coaching for gifted students who are not struggling in school but might still benefit from educational therapy with more of an intellectual and academic challenge. Learn more here.