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What Are Educational Therapist Working Schedules Like in Ohio?

Ohio residents who are planning to enter into the educational therapy field often have a lot of questions. They commonly want to know about the salary educational therapists can plan to make, their job duties and descriptions, the type of education and experience necessary, and where they can find out about internships. Overwhelmingly, however, the most commonly asked question is about what an educational therapist's working schedule is like on a day to day basis. While we'd love to just be able to write out a schedule detailing exactly what you will be expected to do at your job once you are hired in the educational therapy field, that just isn't possible. Educational therapists work in such a wide range of different environments and capacities! What we can do, however, is provide you with a look at the working days of a few of the most common types of therapists. You can find the one that most closely relates to the job you'd like to have in the field or that is the job you'd like to have in order to get a general idea of what your working schedule might be like. Also, it's important to remember that no matter where or in what capacity you might work in the field, your main goal—to improve the lives of others—will always be the same.

Clinical Educational Therapists:

When you hear the word "therapist," a common picture—that of patient lying on a couch and spilling all of his troubles to a doctor—likely comes to mind. Those kinds of therapists, meaning therapists that meet and work with their clients one on one are referred to as clinical therapists. In the educational therapy field, these individuals tend to work in private practices, that they either own themselves or that are owned by other professionals in the industry. Their day to day responsibilities might involve scheduling appointments with clients, performing intake and possibly diagnosing new clients, creating plans of action for the treatment/management of their patients' problems, assessing the progress of those plans, making referrals to other professionals in the industry, taking notes to add to a patient's file, and arranging additional, outside help for clients. The job of these therapists is to work with the clients in their charge in a comprehensive way that will ultimately lead to a greater quality of life for the patients.

School System Educational Therapists:

The second most common type of educational therapists are those who work in the school systems. ON a typical day at work, a therapist might go into the school, either one that he or she works at all the time or one that has been assigned for that particular day. There, the therapist might meet with parents of children exhibiting signs or behaviors associated with learning disabilities or difficulties, help teachers to come up with individualized lesson plans for special needs students, sit in a meeting to help come up with appropriate curriculum for special needs students, work on plans for successfully integrating special needs and non-special needs students, meet and work with students requiring extra help, and more! The overall goal of these therapists, in addition of course to improving the lives of their patients, is to create an atmosphere in the school or schools that is conducive to learning for students of all different ability and disability levels.

Learning Center Educational Therapists:

In today's day and age, when more and more people are being diagnosed with learning disabilities or are identified as having special learning needs, learning centers have become increasingly popular. These special centers are places where people can come, either of their own will or because it has been recommended that they do so to seek help with school or other work that they have to do. The therapists there, for example, might help a high school student to prepare for a test or might help a disabled student to come up with a plan for succeeding in the classroom. Many of these learning centers are independently owned and operated, while others are part of another organization. After school clubs, like the Boys and Girls Club, for example, as well as many colleges and universities often have learning centers.