AT WHOLE CHILD NEURO, WE HELP EACH CHILD, TEEN, OR YOUNG ADULT UNLOCK THEIR FULL POTENTIAL BY EDUCATING THE WHOLE INDIVIDUAL.
Whole Child Neuro creates an individualized and innovative education plan to meet the unique needs of each student. Our team has experience working with students who deal with learning, attentional, or executive weaknesses; we create targeted one-on-one sessions that are tailored to meet the academic needs of each student. These sessions use research-based techniques and intervention programs to remediate learning differences and work with students on strengthening skills in reading, writing, oral language comprehension, math, and executive functioning. Through a customized approach, our sessions focus on maximizing strengths and helping students develop skills and strategies to become successful and confident lifelong learners. By focusing on the “whole person,” we integrate strategies from social cognition, mindfulness, and neuro-developmental construct programs into each student’s treatment plan to address anxiety, confidence, emotion regulation, and motivation.
HOW IS EDUCATIONAL THERAPY DIFFERENT FROM TUTORING?
While tutors focus mainly on academics, homework help, and test preparation, Educational Therapy dives deeper into the student’s learning profile. In Educational Therapy, we get at “why” the student is struggling and focus on “how” to learn by taking their unique learning profile into account. Difficulties are addressed through research-based interventions, identifying how social emotional factors impact learning, recommending and implementing accommodations, and developing unique strategies to meet the needs of the student. To illustrate, if a student has been diagnosed with dyslexia, we might implement a treatment plan that uses a research-based reading program to develop decoding, sight word recognition and overall fluency. Moreover, we may work with the student on how to use assistive technology, such as audio books or text-to-speech features when encountering a text that is too difficult to read. As such, while helping students overcome skill deficits, their independence is increased through programs and accommodations. Our ultimate goal is to help students understand how they best learn and provide them with strategies to build their self-confidence and allow them to perform at their highest academic potential.
IS EDUCATIONAL THERAPY RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?
Our Educational Specialists have specific training to support students with, but not limited to:
Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Reading (Dyslexia)
Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in Math (Dyscalculia)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Anxiety, as it relates to inhibiting academic success
Executive Functioning issues
Visual or Auditory Processing Deficits
Expressive Language issues — both written and verbal
Test taking and study strategy issues
Low self-esteem and confidence in regards to learning
PART OF THE TEAM
Communicating with all members of the student’s academic team is an essential aspect of Educational Therapy. We can help with the implementation of accommodations and discuss a student’s specific learning strategies with classroom teachers and also make sure the social-emotional aspect of the student is being supported by communicating with any other therapists on your child’s team.
A student may be referred for our educational therapy in Encino or it may be recommended after completing a neuropsychological assessment. As a first step, we will schedule a consultation session with you and your child. During the initial sessions, we will identify your student’s unique learning profile, including their strengths and skill deficits and create learning goals. We then create an individualized and research-based program that builds on your student’s skills, remediates weaker areas, and teaches strategies to address specific learning objectives. We collaborate with the Whole Child Neuro team to provide intervention through an interdisciplinary approach. Sessions are typically scheduled once or twice a week, depending on the needs of the student. Our ultimate goal is to teach skills and strategies that create independent learners, who no longer need educational therapy. We regularly meet with parents and provide written progress reports to keep the team updated on learning goals.
The Benefits of Educational Therapy
Educational therapy can help children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other disorders improve their academic performance, social skills, and self-esteem.
Educational therapists use a variety of techniques to assess each individual's strengths and weaknesses and develop a customized treatment plan.
Educational therapy can help children reach their full potential.
Educational therapy can also help students with time management skills, study skills, and organization skills.
Educational therapists can work with students on test-taking strategies and test anxiety.
Educational Therapy Areas of Focus
There are a number of areas our educational therapists may focus on, depending on the needs of the student. These often include:
Academic skills such as reading, writing, and math
Executive functioning skills such as time management, organization, and study skills
Social skills, such as communication and teamwork
Emotional regulation skills, such as managing anxiety and stress
Decision-making skills to help students learn how to make choices and solve problems.
Prioritizing tasks and how to set goals
At Whole Child Neuro, our Encino educational therapist will work with your child to identify areas of need and create a plan to address those needs. The therapist may use a variety of techniques, including direct instruction, coaching, and counseling. The goal is to help the student develop the skills necessary for success in school and in life.
Individualized Educational Therapy Services in Encino
It is important to remember that each child is unique and will respond differently to treatment. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to educational therapy. The best way to determine if educational therapy is right for you or your child is to consult with a qualified educational therapist. At Whole Child Neuro, we will work one-on-one with your child in order to customize our therapy to meet their individual needs. We will help your child develop skills and strategies to be more confident and successful in the classroom.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION FOR EDUCATIONAL THERAPY IN ENCINO TODAY
To learn more about our educational therapy program, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free phone consultation and we will answer any questions you may have. We proudly provide educational therapy in Encino for children and young adults throughout the Greater Los Angeles area — including individuals in Sherman Oaks, Calabasas, and Beverly Hills.