A tutor generally teaches subject matter with the goal of improving a child’s grade and performance in a particular subject or skill. The tutor provides systematic, individualized instruction based on the unique abilities of his or her student. In this way, a child who is uninspired or struggling gains mastery and confidence in the subject. Often, this can be a life-changing experience for a student because of the new skills, thought-processes, and individualized attention they receive. A tutor may also provide instruction for a specific entrance exam. In this way, a child learns how to approach each section of a test, as well as how to write a top-notch essay. The skills and confidence a child gains from this instruction prior to an entrance exam is invaluable.
The view and role of the educational therapist is broader. An educational therapist collaborates with the child’s family, teachers, doctor, and other specialists who may be providing services. Additionally, an educational therapist evaluates how the child’s behavior and cognition affect his or her learning and performance. With a focus on neuroplasticity, behavioral modification strategies and critical thinking skills are systematically and directly taught.
An educational therapist has an advanced degree, supervised clinical experience, and an understanding of the underlying psychological issues which affect the social and emotional elements of a child’s life, both at school, at home, and in social settings. Educational therapists create a success plan, set goals, and continuously work to monitor the child’s progress and needs. Additionally, educational therapists often work with a child for the duration of their schooling experience.
Many parents recognize that their child will benefit from private instruction of this kind, in the same way they benefit from specialized private instruction in any other endeavor, such as piano, soccer, or the like. While educational therapists are often sought when a learning or behavioral issue presents itself, educational therapy is also beneficial for all students who want to get and stay on the cutting edge. Many of our clients, about 60 percent, do not have any diagnosis or specific learning concern. Their parents recognize the importance of receiving specialized academic instruction as a part of the educational process. Academic coaching is becoming a standard part of life for many families, given its important to their child’s overall success and excellence in life. The same way a child has a soccer coach, parents provide a coach for their child’s top endeavor–education!
Day Prep Educational Therapy offers both educational therapy and tutoring services. Often a combination of both services is the best plan for the child’s growth. At Day Prep, tutoring services are offered by teachers, most with credentials and advanced training or degrees. College students studying for educational therapy are also available as tutors. In some cities, we have high school students with GPAs of 4.3 or higher who also provide instruction. In this way, we offer a variety of instructors and price points to meet the need of any client.
Educational Therapists and tutors at Day Prep are personally trained by Cara Day and use her practices, philosophies, and methods in their work. On-going collaboration between Cara and each teacher ensures implementation of the student’s success plan. Teachers complete required observation hours as well as supervised sessions as part of their training. The teachers enjoy all-team training days and demonstrate the highest levels of self-evaluation and growth as practitioners. Day Prep team members are true professionals who are emphatic and passionate about what they do.
Cara Day completes all initial assessments. A learning plan with several options is presented after assessment, and each family determines the best course for their child based on the recommendations. For subject-specific or entrance exam tutoring, a complete assessment is available, but not required.