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How Long Does My Child Have to See an Educational Therapist?

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Every parent wishes that their children are the best of all or better amongst all in a competitive development environment.

In this regard, parents wish to develop certain habits in their children to be comparatively competitive. Passion for reading and critical thinking for learning are the most attractive of the options.

But it is worth mentioning here that parents sometimes are unable to cope up the tension when a child is not competitive due to any reasons and it becomes devastating for them to see their children struggle in learning even the basics.

Although it is unhealthy for the parents as well, child development is a parental concern strongest of all. Meanwhile, parents become uncertain about their kids wondering why their children do not have the basic ability to learn and learn quickly.

This problem leads to many issues like frustration and sometimes child abuse in severe cases. So in these cases parents are advised to seek help from an educational therapist who can help them.

We have discussed the details about the necessity of educational therapists and how long it is advisable for the parents to keep the kids visiting therapists to enhance cognitive skills and learning ability.

Educational therapy

Educational therapy is personalized treatment for children facing learning challenges. Such challenges may be due to dyslexia, ADHD, executive function deficit, writing, reading, and auditory processing issues.

It not only focuses on the children’s treatment but as well as his emotional well-being, attention, persistence, memory building, learning and processing skills in most self-reliance and efficient manner.

Educational therapists draw individualized assessments and make strategies suitable for the person involved. These strategies are exclusive for people because they are solutions to their personal problems.

They make these plans by taking whole child into consideration (his environment, social activities, social circle, parents, teachers, friends and his personal character)

How do educational therapists assess children’s development?

Assessment of a child is not an activity that solely an educational therapist can cope with. It needs the full support of parents and teachers as assessment is made on the day-to-day routine of children. To find and access information about a child, educational therapists will need to do a thorough investigation. They may need to do the following:
  1. Talking to child’s parents
  2. Talking with child’s teachers ( current and previous ones)
  3. Analyzing school work
  4. Learning approach
  5. Observing child during classes

Educational therapist’s team-work

Educational therapists’ work on different goals to improve the child as a whole. They communicate with children’s parents, teachers, and friends as well as all people they come in contact with.

They make reports, deduce hypotheses and make strategies to help children improve their skills, and advise parents and teachers on different ways to cope with their problems.

The shared information among all related people helps in planning treatment session

Proceedings of Therapeutic Sessions--

The proceedings means how long the child needs to visit the Educational Therapist (ET). It totally depends on the condition of the child. It is up to the therapist to determine the frequency and duration of sessions in a week or month.

Usually, a normal session is expected twice a week for 2-4 hours subjected to the child’s condition. If the child is taken to the therapist in the early ages and the child suffers mild issues, the chances of recovery are bright with good speed. But the same issues can take longer if the child is grown up.

On the other hand, if the kids have severe problems with cognition coupled with weaker processing skills, it would need frequent sessions of prolonged duration.

Under these circumstances, the responsibility of the parents rises as the child needs more attention for concrete and meaningful results.

Additionally, parents have to cooperate with the therapist and comply with the recommendations of the therapist.

Educational therapy is a sprint

Educational therapy is more like a sprint than a marathon. No real time table exists. Objectives, motivation, techniques and partnership willingness all contribute to the success of educational treatment.

A therapist cannot guarantee to “heal” your child. But a child will, however, acquire new techniques for school and homework management.

Tentative duration is motivation

Parents often asked about the duration of the procedure as if the therapeutic process is a packet with a date of expiration! Also, Suggesting a working time can inspire a reluctant child to participate in the therapy process –

“Work together for two months and see how things go. During the process there are frequent discussions about creating goals and achievement of goals.

Closure stirrings arise from the client

Typically, closure stirrings arise from the client in the realm of psychotherapy.
Educational therapists always have clear, precise objectives. If a child reaches its objectives, then new therapies are considered unnecessary.

For example, a therapist who specializes in autism treatment may agree with the parents that therapy would be ended when the child would stop showing the symptoms of autism.

Different problems takes different durations

Educational therapies are not an easy solution. Time of therapy for a child depends on how many problems are addressed and how severe.

Some sessions might take years and some are finished in six months. Educational therapists usually meet children between 100 and 200 hours on average.

The more often a child can attend the session, the better the treatment. Consistency is essential for successful therapeutic procedures.

Educational therapy is not a quick fix

Educational therapy is not a fast remedy nor is it an everlasting procedure. This aim of educational therapy is achieved when the child is able to take charge of his/her learning, recognize their style and tackle every problem with greater self-confidence.

When the therapist pays attention to the indications and listens, he can sense the end time. Moreover, if the parents encourage the child to leave home and live for himself, the educational therapist fosters a sense of independence in the child.

After that the concluding session is scheduled. A feeling of detachment is recognized and communicated for both the therapist and the child.

Stay empowerED,
Nicole

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