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Kari Jo Wagner M.Ed., LBSI, ET/P – Educational Therapist

Kari Jo WagnerKari Jo is a qualified Educational Therapist with over 15 years of experience working with students.

What is Educational Therapy? Educational Therapy provides intensive individualized interventions for students with learning differences that might be the result of neurological, cognitive, developmental, language and emotional issues. Educational Therapy can address academic issues as well as contributing factors.

What is an Educational Therapist? Educational Therapists have at least a master’s degree, specialized training, and previous experience working with students who present with a wide range of learning disabilities. Educational Therapists understand the social, behavioral and emotional aspects that have an effect on learning. While addressing learning differences and academics, they help students understand their learning challenges, become aware of their strengths, and develop non-academic strategies that build self-esteem and promote self-advocacy. Educational Therapists coordinate services by fostering communication and collaboration with the student’s team.

Learn more about the benefits of Educational Therapy here:

What are the differences between an Educational Therapist and Tutor?

In Kari Jo’s Educational Therapy practice, she utilizes reviews of neuropsychological assessments and her own formal and informal assessments to develop specific goals and learning plans for each student.  She then applies appropriate alternative teaching strategies and methods to meet these goals while consistently monitoring student progressnts.  Kari Jo is highly qualified to support students’ skill remediation in:

  • Mathematics
    • Concepts, fact practice, and recall
  • Reading
    • Fluency, comprehension, and critical thinking
    • Phonics and spelling
  • Written communication
  • Executive Functioning skills including:
    • Goal setting
    • Short & Long-term planning
    • Task initiation
    • Organization of materials
    • Self-monitoring
  • Study skills and test taking strategies
  • Push-in services at your student’s school during school hours

Kari Jo began her teaching career in Japan teaching ESL, and then taught in the Chicago schools for over 12 years as a classroom and Special Education teacher. Together, these experiences developed her understanding of the multi-level demands placed on students in the classroom. Since 2010, Kari Jo has also worked with students individually as an Educational Therapist.

Kari Jo’s personal education has followed the needs of her students. She first earned a Master’s in Elementary Education from DePaul University, followed by an endorsement to teach English as a Second Language.  She then completed a Master’s course to become a Learning Behavior Specialist and earned a second Master’s Degree in Special Education.  She is trained in the Wilson Reading System, a multi-sensory reading program for struggling readers. Kari Jo is also a Professional level Educational Therapist (ET/P) approved and endorsed by the Association of Educational Therapists.