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Educational Therapy in Action


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Beginnings: A Mother's Recall

I. Behind the Office Door: Building the Organic Curriculum

1. December: Making the Connection

2. Early January: The Reciprocal Compromise Principle Leads to the Organic Curriculum

3. Late January: Seeds of Collaboration

4. An Atypical Family Meeting

5. February: Goal-setting, Present and Future, in a Safe Haven

6. March: Alternate Routes to Word Mastery; Engaging the Teachers

7. April: A New Use for Soap Operas, Journal Writing, and Dreams of the Elephant Man

II. Employment and Continued Education: Living the Organic Curriculum

8. May: Job vs. Occupation vs. Career-and Lessons on Worry

9. June: Traffic Tickets as Curriculum, and Other Misunderstandings

10. July: Lessons on the Job, Lessons in Literature, Headlines, and Fairness

11. August: College in Summer, Field Trip, and Videotape as a Learning Tool

12. September/ October: College Texts and Morning Papers-A Whole New Path

13. November: An Interest in Autism Becomes a Saga

14. December: Social Challenges of the Holiday Season; Reviewing a Year's Growth

III. Continuing Change: Short Vignettes from Subsequent Years in Educational Therapy

Year Two. Working for Dad's Office: From Doubt to Confidence

Year Two. Role Modeling: The Pressure of Personal Appearance

Year Two. Knee Surgery, Pain, and Face-offs with Professionals

Year Two. Overcoming a Fear: Becoming a Flyer

Year Three. The Whole Dam Thing

Years Three and Four. Job at Cozy Cloz: No Longer a Victim

Year Five and On. Bumps and Potholes on the Road to Respect

Nora Now: Life Lessons and Uncommon Courage

Author's Reflections

Nora's Response to the Book


A. Rules for the Use of Commas

B. Place Value Cards



C. Barsch Learning Style Inventory and Scoring Procedures

D. Test Scores and Excerpts from Psychoeducational Testing (Dixon)

E. Test Scores from Testing by Dorothy Ungerleider

F. Rey-Osterreith Complex Figure Drawings (Nora's copy and recall)



About the Author

Dorothy Fink Ungerleider, founding President, Advisory Board Chair, and Fellow of the Association of Educational Therapists, is an educational therapist in private practice in Encino, California.

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