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Academic Therapy

Academic Therapy is 1:1 direct intervention for a student who does not qualify for services with a speech-language delay but has a specific learning disability (SLD) such as dyslexia.  This student is struggling in academics in one or more area(s) of:  phonological processing, reading, writing, speaking, spelling, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension.  This student many times struggles with disorders of executive functioning, self esteem and social skills which is also a part of therapy.  Academic Therapy is not covered under insurance, Tefra or Medicaid but rather private pay only.

I am a highly qualified, experienced certified dyslexic therapist who uses evidenced based programs with fidelity to target the individual needs of the student.  I individualize academic therapy for each student by selecting the appropriate program(s) and literacy language materials.  

Delays academic therapy addresses:

  • phonological processing - the use of the sounds of one's own language to process spoken and written language which includes:  phonological awareness, phonological working memory and phonological retrieval.

  • reading - ability to decode by translating print into speech by rapidly matching a letter or combination of letters to their sounds and recognizing the patterns that make syllables and words.

  • spelling - ability to encode by breaking a word into its separate sounds, phonemes and then spell the word through writing or verbally.  

  • written expression  - ability to translate ideas and thoughts into a written language which is a crucial part of communication and critical thinking.

  • executive functioning skills - ability to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple life tasks of all types successfully which includes: adaptably thinking, planning, self-monitoring, self-control, working memory, time management and organization.

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