What is the Difference Between Tutoring and Educational Therapy?

Tutoring differs from educational therapy in a number of ways. The three areas in which they differ include training, goal setting and services provided. An educational therapist provides intensive intervention, which goes beyond just homework help. The service provided can include remediation of a basic academic skills such as reading, spelling, and/or math. Educational therapists can provide formal and informal assessments of academic skills. They can also provide case management for learning disabilities with parents, teachers and other involved professionals. A tutor on the other hand does not have the breadth of skills to provide all of these services.

Another difference is that education therapists set forth goals. Although they tend to focus on academics, they can also include executive function skills and encompass the psychological issues surrounding educational struggles. Many times students need help with organization, time management, and dealing with test anxiety, along with remediation of academic skills. Tutors tend to focus on the subject matter in front of them and not address the psychological factors associated with struggling to learn.

Lastly, an education therapist has extensive training about learning disabilities including learning styles, assessments and intervention strategies. Education therapists learn about dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, as well as ADHD. Educational therapists’ training includes a supervised practicum that ensures fidelity of services and intervention. Tutors may or may not have information about assisting in areas beyond their area of expertise.



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