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What is the Difference Between Tutoring and Educational Therapy?


How do you know which type of educational assistance is best for your child? First, it is important to understand the difference between two major kinds of help: tutoring and educational therapy. To put it simply, tutoring focuses on content and educational therapy focuses on process. Let’s take a deeper look into what each of these types of educators offer.

Tutoring – All About Content

A tutor helps with homework, reviewing lessons learned in school, and generally understanding academic concepts.

  • Assists with homework and academic concepts learned in school

  • Teaches students about specific subjects and reviews lessons

  • Focuses on improving grades and scores

  • Frequently uses traditional methods of teaching


Educational Therapy – All About Process

An educational therapist is a highly educated individual who is trained to improve learning outcomes for students with learning disabilities.

  • Looks to the core issue of why a student is struggling

  • Focuses on the best learning process for the student

  • Individualizes learning based on learning styles and research-based strategies

  • Works with families to create goals and adjusts according to the needs of the student

  • Provides assistance in areas such as executive functioning and cognitive processes

  • Develops a therapeutic process to address both academic and social emotional needs


How do I know my child needs an educational therapist?


If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability and is struggling, then you should be looking for an educational therapist.


Signs of struggling may include:

  • Low self-esteem or low self confidence

  • AnxietyBehavioral issues

  • Resistance to learning new topics

  • Difficulty sounding out or recognizing words

  • Guessing on schoolwork to finish quickly

  • Difficulty following directions

  • Difficulty with executive functioning / staying organized

  • Difficulty processing information

  • Trouble with spacial awareness


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