Virtual Educational Therapy A Case Study of Clinical Supports and Advocacy
Virtual Educational Therapy presents a board-certified educational therapist’s year-long case study of clinical supports and advocacy for a student with learning disabilities who is attending school remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. With online and blended learning, now the norm in K–12 education, educational therapists need new models of intervention, treatment, and relationship-building for their child-age clients. This book offers detailed single-case research focused on a middle-school student who is learning virtually while challenged with ADHD as well as visual and verbal memory issues, but who is nonetheless found ineligible for special education services. Across eight chapters, author and renowned educational therapist Marion E. Marshall describes the neuropsychological principles, research-based techniques, personal interactions, clinical approaches, and advocacy efforts that led to a vulnerable student’s significant gains in academic skills and outcomes.
1. The Case of Maya – Background 2. Engagement and Learning 3. Writing Beyond Her Direct Experience 4. More Sustained Reading and Writing 5. Applying Other Strategies 6. Superheroes & Greek Gods and Goddesses 7. The Final Three Months 8. The Case of Maya: Summary
"This is a marvelous and exemplary case study by an outstanding clinician. I’m blown away by the choice of case, the brilliant analysis of appropriate interventions, the author’s assessment and engagement with the client, and the splendid outcomes. A wonderfully useful and readable book and a huge contribution to educational therapy literature. What a gift to our training programs and budding practitioners!"
—Dorothy Ungerleider, Founding President of the Association of Educational Therapists (AET) and author of Educational Therapy in Action
"Virtual Educational Therapy makes significant contributions to the practice of educational therapy for educational therapists at all levels. This case study is solidly based upon both the specifics of the individual case and on theory of how we do what we do. It is readable, engaging, and believable because of the authenticity of the client chosen and the timeliness of the methods used to address her needs, particularly given the concerns and demands we often face in virtual practice. Marion Marshall establishes a compelling narrative of the evolving treatment of her client while masterfully taking advantage of each teachable moment to inform her ET readers about research-based methods and principles of educational practice. As a bonus, she provides useful background on the mechanics and practice of IEP law at the District level, as it is relevant to this particular case. This book is a welcome and timely addition to the body of literature on educational therapy."
—Ann Parkinson Kaganoff, Board Certified Educational Therapist, Past President of the Association of Educational Therapists, and author of Best Practices in Educational Therapy
"I absolutely love this book. More than a dry case study, it makes evident the author’s genuine connection of the student, Maya, and the creative ways in which she motivated, engaged, and taught her. Marion Marshall shares her thought processes so clearly, it is exemplary of what skilled educational therapy can achieve and how it differs from tutoring. Bravo!"
—Nan Freund, Board Certified Educational Therapist, Past President of the Association of Educational Therapists, and Founding Partner at Educational Services Associates