Johanna W. Villanueva Educational Therapy
Assessment, Advocacy and Intervention
Educational Therapy Services
Educational assessments evaluate how an individual processes information, as well as his or her level of academic achievement. These assessments can identify how a student's learning profile interacts with academic performance, as well as provide answers to questions about student learning and the presence of processing disorders. Many families find that by understanding their child's learning profile, they can better support learning and minimize at-home conflicts and frustration.
The assessment process includes a review of academic records and developmental history, as well as a parent observation questionnaire. When needed, it also includes the collection of educator observations and/or a classroom observation session. Testing spans 6 to 8 hours and is generally broken into 2 or 3 hour testing sessions. Following the assessment, an in-depth report is produced which outlines significant findings and provides recommendations for school accommodations and focused remediation. The findings and recommendations are discussed during a final consultation session.
Advocacy services vary depending on the needs of the client. Advocacy services may include a review of records and, if needed, recommendations for further batteries of testing so that outstanding questions can be answered. This can help parents understand how to best support their child, as well as determine if their student may qualify for services or accommodations at school. Following a review of records, parents oftentimes retain an educational therapist to assist them throughout the IEP process. Representation at IEP meetings by an educational therapist can help ensure a better outcome for the student, as well as ensure that goals and accommodations are established which will best fit the student's needs.
- Dyslexia and other language based learning differences
- Visual processing disorders
- Short-term memory and working memory difficulties
Benefits of Assessments
- Understand how the student learns and processes information
- Support learning and minimize at-home frustration
- Develop a focused remediation plan
- Increase student confidence
Educational therapy sessions use research-based techniques to remediate learning differences and processing disorders. Unlike tutoring, educational therapy does not focus specifically on academic skills. Educational therapy takes a holistic approach to learning by restructuring how a student thinks and processes information, while providing the student with tools and strategies which can be independently implemented. For students with learning differences, a tutorial approach is like placing the student on a treadmill where they will constantly struggle to keep pace with the class. The best approach is to instead help these students understand how they learn, provide them with strategies and work at the processing level to restructure their thinking. Educational therapy sessions are customized to achieve these goals for each student.
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in duration with a general frequency of 2 to 3 times per week, depending on the specific needs of the client.
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