Educational
 Therapy
Educational Therapist Laura Anne Denton helps struggling students in the San Francisco Bay Area
> Board Certified Educational Therapist (BCET) #10168, attained 2003

Quote: School Administrator Endorses Learning Coach Laura Denton
The student was comfortable with [Dr. Denton] and has developed skills subsequent to the intervention. Recently the parent phoned to tell me her 11-year-old son had read a complete book to her for the first time. Through tears of happiness she expressed appreciation. End of Quote: Reading progress achieved with Educational Therapist Laura Denton

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An Educational Therapist designs and implements an individ­ualized learning plan based on testing results, observation, and the student’s reaction to presented materials and teaching strat­egies (diagnostic teaching). Educational therapy sessions include: teaching, modeling, and practice of specific skills and/or learning strategies; coaching; personal evaluation; and goal setting. Consultations with parents and/or other pro­fessionals for the purpose of advocacy, coordination of services, or progress reporting are also available.

Dr. Denton works with students in these areas:

> Reading:     decoding, word recognition, fluency, comprehension; learning to use audio books and text-to-speech software for learning
> Spelling: learning spelling rules; learning to accommodate poor spelling with spellchecker and dictation software
> Writing: sentences to paragraphs to essays, reports and narratives; learning to accommodate difficulties with written expression through dictation techniques and word processing software
> Handwriting: fine motor skills; learning to accommodate fine motor difficulty with technology
> Math: concepts and calculation, learning to interpret word problems, algebra
> Accommodations for learning differences to promote success in the classroom
> Learning from text, note-taking, and remembering information for tests
> Coaching for organization skills
> Preparation for the high school exit exam (CAHSEE)
> Learning differences, including difficulties in such areas as:
> Remembering facts
> Staying on task
> Maintaining concentration
> Performance anxiety
> Task avoidance
> Understanding directions
> Keeping track of assignments and time
> Low confidence in ability to learn and perform
> Organizing ideas to communicate clearly
> Specialized training and experience working with students with:
> Dyslexia and other Reading Disabilities
> Visual impairments
> Cerebral Palsy, including non-verbal students

What is an Educational Therapist?

(From Association of Educational Therapists Web site)

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 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 Therapy is Empowerment:  Educational therapy is a process that combines an understanding of how individuals learn, the ways in which feelings can impact learning, and knowledge of specialized teaching methods. Through skilled assessment, case management, and alternative teaching methods, educational therapy empowers children and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges to learn and develop optimally.

Quote: Special Education student is learning with help from educational therapist Laura Denton
After just three weeks of intervention, there is remarkable progress! His teachers have noted how much happier he appears to be on a daily basis at school. He recognizes he is learning! Close quote: Educational progress made with help from Dr. Denton

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Educational Therapy Differs from Tutoring:  A tutor provides subject learning support with a focus on learning specific content and working with homework assignments. In contrast, the educational therapist focuses on the process of learning (learning to learn), uses the student’s learning strengths to build and compensate for weaker areas, and provides remediation of foundation skills within an emotionally supportive atmosphere. Some students need both an educational therapist and a tutor.
 
More information about educational therapy is available from:
> Association of Educational Therapists
> National Center for Learning Disabilities


 

Dr. Denton serves clients from elementary-school age through adulthood.
Services are provided at the client’s home or work site.
In some cases, travel charges may apply.

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Reading, Rhyme & Reason
Serving the East San Francisco Bay Area
(510) 536-3789 ≈
Laura Anne Denton, Ed.D.
Board Certified Educational Therapist
Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician

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