What is Academic Therapy?
Academic therapy addresses reading, spelling, comprehension, written expression, study skills and organizational strategies. Because intensity of instruction is a critical factor when remediating a disability, students typically receive instruction a minimum of three times a week. Academic therapy focuses on remediating a student’s deficit, not the completion of homework. ACCESS evaluates tools or software that may help a student compensate for a specific weakness and works with community schools to recommend appropriate modifications, as needed.
“In a year he far surpassed anyone’s expectations… Now he reads on his own. We catch him up at night, staying up reading. Not only does he read, he understands what he reads.” –Gretchen Pierce
Tutoring vs. Academic Therapy
Academic therapists are typically speech pathologists or special educators working with children who learn differently and are highly trained in specific approaches designed for children who have specific reading and writing disorders. Tutors, however, do not always have the intensive training of a therapist and the focus of their sessions are typically associated with a specific subject matter or on completing homework.
ACCESS academic therapists provide a network of support for struggling students through:
- Intensive reading instruction using a nationally recognized multi-sensory phonics approach.
- Written expression instruction to target organization of thoughts and writing mechanics.
- Instruction in study skills and organizational strategies.
- Interactive Metronome, an assessment and treatment tool used to improve the neurological processes of motor planning and sequencing.
- Educational technology training to assist students with the use of a specific piece of equipment or software application.
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