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What Types of Educational Therapists Are in New York?

New York is a state that has just about everything, including a wide array of educational therapists. If you're looking for an educational therapist to go to for help or if you're thinking of becoming an educational therapist yourself, it's easy to get overwhelmed and confused by all of the different practitioners there are in the state! That's why we've compiled a handy list of some of the most common types of educational therapists, where they work, and what, exactly they do. This will help both those who need to determine the right kind of therapist for their needs and those who are curious about the exact type of work they might like to do themselves one day.

  1. Private Practice Educational Therapists: As the name implies, these therapists work in private practices, that they own themselves, or that are owned by a colleague or colleagues. These therapists tend to enjoy the most lucrative careers, and they typically set their own rates and hours. Here, they work much as traditional therapists would, meeting one on one with their patients to diagnose learning problems, working out treatment or management plans, helping to carry out and enact those plans, making adjustments to the plans as necessary, and making referrals when needed.
  2. School Educational Therapists: Just about every New York school, public or private, will have at least one educational therapist on staff. This therapist works hard to make the school an environment that is fully conducive to learning for all students. He or she might help teachers to work with special needs students, or might personally work with those students individually. These teachers also help to design lesson plans for special needs students, and they may make diagnoses or suggestions that will contribute to a better school environment for all students concerned.
  3. School System Educational Therapists: School system educational therapists work in much the same way as school educational therapists, but instead of being in charge of therapy at just one school, they tend to be in charge of a whole school district, all the schools in a particular county, or even several schools throughout the state. They oversee school educational therapists and may provide guidance to these professionals as necessary. In some cases, they may even work with children directly themselves. These therapists typically spend time as school educational therapists first before moving their way up.
  4. Workplace Educational Therapists: Not all learning, of course, has to take place in a school or a classroom. Workplace educational therapists know this better than anyone, because their job is to help those with learning disabilities or other impairments that affect learning to function correctly and successfully in the workplace. They might help these individuals to find jobs, or they might place them in jobs. Typically, they also help the individuals to "learn the ropes" at their new jobs, often providing guidance and answering questions as necessary, until the person is self sufficient and ready to work on his or her own.
  5. Learning Center Educational Therapists: There are many learning centers throughout the state of New York, such as Sylvan and Kumon. These centers provide students and individuals, both with and without learning disabilities, with the help they need to become excellent students and/or to succeed in life. Some centers, like the ones mentioned previously, are independently owned. Others, however, may be affiliated with another organization, such as a college or university, in which case they serve the members or students of the organization only. The therapists who work in these environments typically have less academic training than most other educational therapists.