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A Day in the Life of an Educational Therapist in South Carolina

As an aspiring educational therapist living in the state of South Carolina, you are probably very curious about what a day in the life of one of these professionals is like. There is, however, no easy answer that we can give you. The reason for that is because educational therapists work in such a wide variety of different environments and capacities that their work will vary greatly from person to person and from job to job. What we can do, however, is take a look at some of the most common ways in which educational therapists work in the state, and tell you a little bit about what days at work are like for professionals in those positions.

Clinical Educational Therapist:

A clinical educational therapist will typically set his or her own hours, meaning there is no telling when or if professionals matching this description will go to work on a given day. Most do, however, maintain a fairly basic nine to five Monday through Friday type work schedule. In addition to setting their own hours, these therapists tend to set their own rates as well, which may be per session or per hour, with sessions rarely lasting more than an hour to an hour and a half. Clinical educational therapists, who may work in their own practices or in practices owned by other professionals, will spend the vast majority of their day in one on one sessions with clients.

These clients, whom the therapist may or may not have diagnosed with a learning disability or some other impairment, usually have helped the therapist to created a treatment plan, a plan that outlines what the therapist and client will do in their sessions to try and improve a certain circumstance, problem, or other learning difficulty in the client's life. In addition to helping to carry out these plans in the session, the therapist also takes notes for the client's file and makes adjustments to the plan as necessary. In some cases, the clinical educational therapist may also need to refer patients to other professionals in or outside the field, so maintaining a good professional relationship with other therapists is also a part of the job description.

School or School System Educational Therapists:

Therapists who work in a particular school or for the local school system as a whole do not have so much flexibility in scheduling their days. They typically work whenever school is in session, and may or may not have summers off. If they do, this time is usually paid. School and school system educational therapists perform a number of different functions, depending upon their exact job descriptions. Some, for example, will spend their days meeting with special needs children and talking to them or their parents and/or educators about what they need to achieve success in the classroom. Others may observe classrooms that include special needs students and make suggestions for ways in which the classroom can be a more conducive learning environment for all students concerned. Others might spend their days planning with the school board, designing specialized curriculum or instruction, or working one on one with students either in or outside of the classroom.

Learning Center Educational Therapists:

More and more educational therapists are making the decision to leave the stuffy traditional workplaces behind to work in learning centers. Depending upon the person's exact job description and the center's policies, working hours and responsibilities can vary. In independently owned and operated learning centers, such as Sylvan and Kumon, most therapists work closely with students to help them to find success in the classroom. Duties might include helping them study, helping them with homework, or working on basic skills the student is lacking and needs for success. In centers that are operated in conjunction with colleges, universities, or other institutions, educational therapists work in a wide variety of different ways, helping students and others to find success both in and outside of the classroom.

Obviously, this is not at all a comprehensive list of the many different ways in which educational therapists can choose to work. Therefore, it's important that you do some research of your own and find the career that is right for you.