Clinical educational therapy is a one-on-one intervention used to support individuals (pre-school to adulthood) with a range of learning challenges that include learning disorders, neurological deficits, and other learning-related problems.
As a discipline, educational therapy was established in the United States by Dorothy Ungerleider, the founder of The Association of Educational Therapists. Adapted from therapies in Europe, educational therapy incorporates psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioral models.
At LAS, we refer to educational therapy as clinical educational therapy, because our work is informed by educational therapy and clinical social work. We understand that emotions and learning cannot be separated and must be considered when assessing, engaging, and providing intervention to students. We are particularly drawn to the research in attachment theory, differentiated education, and interpersonal neurobiology.
For these reasons, LAS instructors have graduate degrees in clinical social work, psychology, and education. Some LAS instructors are professional members (ET/P®) of The Association of Educational Therapists and all are good listeners and excellent communicators!
When our scholastic managers and medical coaches co-construct education plans with their students and residents, they consider such factors as the physical learning environment, social and emotional experiences, family and support network, and the curriculum. Our instructors have extensive experience working with gifted students, twice exceptional students, and students who contend with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and executive functioning challenges.