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Professional Certificate in Educational Therapy

Professional Certificate in Educational Therapy

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Required (19 units)
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Understanding Learning Differences

This course increases participants' understanding of learning disabilities. Current theories regarding deficiencies in visual, auditory, visual-motor, speech/language, and sequential processing are presented in addition to an examination of attention, concentration, and memory problems. Symptoms, identification and implications of learning difficulties are emphasized.

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2 units

Psychology of Human Learning

Principles of cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, as they apply to the exceptional learner, are examined in this course. Current research is reviewed as it relates to individual differences, learning processes, theories and problems of learning, and the impacts of motivation and intelligence on the learner. Fundamentals of physical, motor, social, and emotional development at critical stages are examined.

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2 units

Principles of Educational Therapy

Aspects of the educational therapist's role are defined, including ethical practices and laws on professional responsibilities. Services of the educational therapist are compared to those of other professionals, and the interface between educational therapy and allied professions is reviewed. Responsibilities of the therapist, which include information gathering, assessment practices, goal setting, and intervention strategies, are also examined.

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3 units

Techniques of Educational Therapy, Part I: Academic and Content Areas

This course covers applicable techniques and materials for subject areas and academic skill problems in reading, language, and for general study skills. A strong emphasis is placed on the development of self-monitoring skills and strategies, and on general problem-solving techniques, as well as on the acquisition of vocabulary and content knowledge. Parent and family support strategies are suggested. The role of the educational therapist involves individual case management, and the development of appropriate compensatory strategies for the client with learning disabilities to use in various settings.

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3 units

Techniques of Educational Therapy: Part II

This course examines the educational therapist's role in remediating client learning difficulties and in developing compensatory strategies to use in educational, vocational, or social settings. Topics include techniques designed to target processing and production problems. These involve input, output, issues of distractibility and impulsivity, and organization, especially the effects of the auditory, visual, and visual-motor domains on learning. Participants learn strategies for dealing with attentional, motivational and behavioral difficulties in a variety of settings such as school, work or home. Special situations such as those involving head injuries and neurological conditions are also discussed.

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3 units

Advanced Educational Assessment (Formerly Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment and Evaluation)

The background and skills which an educational therapist needs to assess and evaluate clients are examined. An educational therapy model of assessment is discussed, including how it differs from the assumptions, goals and techniques of other models. Criteria for selecting the most appropriate instruments are described. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and synthesis of information from other professionals, parents, teachers, observations, rating scales, student work, curriculum and performance-based instruments, as well as from standardized achievement tests. Students will be required to have access to assessment materials in this course.

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3 units

Assessment for Educational Therapists: Practicum

Assessment tools and procedures frequently used in educational therapy are introduced. The analysis of observations, results and methods for integrating these findings in developing therapeutic teaching strategies are emphasized. Course includes a required field experience involving the administration of specific assessment instruments and reporting the results for developing intervention plans. Students will be required to have access to assessment instruments and models of interpretive report formats.

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3 units

Elective (3 units)
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Language-Based Learning Differences: Helping Students Who Struggle with Reading and Writing

Methods for understanding and managing language-based learning disabilities without identifying students with labels. The class introduces skills most relevant for teaching students to improve reading and writing skills. Discussion includes strategies that teachers, parents and students can use both at school and home to manage difficulties and improve memory and/or understanding. Appropriate for parents, teachers and speech/language pathologists.

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3 units

Advanced Understanding of Adjunct Therapies

Adjunct diagnoses and treatments, utilizing theories and methods involved in occupational therapy (sensory integration), vision therapy, music therapy, and neuropsychology assessments are addressed in this course assessments. Participants will develop skills for academic analysis incorporating information from these disciplines. Focus will be on skills to enable the educational therapist to recognize the possibilities of related difficulties and to develop appropriate intervention plans.

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3 units

Management of Clinical Practice

Establishing a private practice and operating it as a successful business is a challenging process to beginners in the field. This course exposes students to management skills such as report writing, parent education, and communication skills. Course topics include office procedures, record keeping, insurance requirements, ethical practices, fee structure, public relations, advertising, time management, and community involvement.

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3 units

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