Empowering Professionals, Nurturing Learners
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Join us for AET's 2020 President's Circle Campaign! 

AET relies on your donations to continue our mission, in particular this year with unexpected impacts to our revenue. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help, we hope that you will assist us this year and donate to the Association of Educational Therapists during our annual President’s Campaign.

Why I give"Many of us are not yet where we were financially before this crisis began, but if you are able, please donate. For me it has, and has always been worth it." - AET Member

"Today I donate with greater appreciation for the organization. 2020 has been quite the year and many of us have had to pivot drastically to maintain our practices. I found great value in how this organization came together to support one another during this time." - AET Member
"I am incredibly grateful for this community and never more glad to be one of you all! This is why I have donated so much of                           my time to AET since March." -AET Member

You can help

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Especially during these challenging times.
We sincerely appreciate your support and commitment
to our goals and, of course, to our AET community.

Donors who contribute at the level of Advocate or
above will be recognized on the AET website and
invited to participate in events that acknowledge
their generous support.


2020 Donors




Ellen Opell



Marion Marshall
Mary Beth Burns
Phyllis Maslow
Marci Peterson
Polly Brophy


Julie Land ~ In honor of Susan Fogelson
Pamm Scribner
Lisa Brackin
Kaini Gu
Teresa O'Rourke-Shapiro ~ In honor of Nan Freund
Sherry Cramer
Polly Mayer
Rachel Kalin
Patricia O'Connor ~ In honor of Kara Scanlon


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Acknowledgment as a Friend of AET:

  • AET’s ET Journal
  • AET’s website donor page
  • AET’s conference program
  • AET’s eNews
  • Donor Ribbon at AET Annual Conference


Tax Information

Your contribution makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
*Contributions made to AET are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
AET's federal tax I.D. is 95-3371119


LA Virtual Workshop

Writing: From Encoding to Empowerment

Presented by: Diana Kennedy, MA, BCET


During this presentation, participants will examine the foundations of writing, including spelling instruction, and the levels of writing competence that lead to big picture opportunities to influence the thinking of others. Best practices for writing instruction and their neurobiological underpinnings will be discussed. Specifically, participants will examine the effects of learning disorders on the various ages and stages of writing skill development and the instructional practices that promote achievement. This workshop will also include a discussion of the science that links growth in social-emotional learning to the writing process. A framework for integrating process and skill with the development of social-emotional competencies will be presented.

Participants will be able to:

  • List the four levels of writing (word, sentence, paragraph, and composition) and describe the components of each.
  • Explain the possible breakdowns at each writing level and connect them to implicated learning disabilities and processes. 
  • Describe the effects of ADHD and Executive Functioning on each level of writing and evaluate potential remediation strategies. 
  • Integrate social-emotional learning (SEL) with writing instruction.

Meet the presenter:
Screenshot 1Diana Black Kennedy is a Board Certified Educational Therapist in private practice in San Anselmo, California. She works with neurodiverse students, including those with learning disabilities and challenges, and those diagnosed as twice exceptional. Diana’s prior teaching experience spans second grade through high school in rural, urban, and suburban settings and in public and private schools. She has presented to professionals across the county and internationally, and she blogs about education at www.MindSparkLearning.com.

Disclosure: Financial – Diana Kennedy receives an honorarium from AET. Nonfinancial – No relevant relationships to disclose.

Viewers will have full access to this five and one-half hour workshop, recorded in four parts, from May 15-May 31. To receive continuing education credit from any of our allied professional providerships (ASHA, NASP or BBS*), you must complete both an evaluation form and a short assessment after viewing the entire presentation.  Your submission of both forms is due to us no later than June 1, 2020. AET members may record their attendance in their continuing education log.

Quiz & Evaluation form links:
Follow Up Quiz
Workshop Evaluation

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This program is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

This program is offered for: 

  • AET: 5.5 CE hours
  • ASHA: 0.55 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area) 
  • NASP: 5.5 hours of CPD 
  • BBS (through NASP): 5.5 CE hours

When Interventions Fail:
Improving Outcomes With Resistant Clients

This webinar examines the "therapy piece" of educational therapy. Dorothy Ungerleider will share techniques that probe for each client’s unique traits and interests and will show how to use them as a motivatorsScreenshot 8 for growth and learning. Through case examples of behavior patterns of clients who resist our best intentions and interventions, she will discuss ways of disguising "remedial services" to be more palatable through compassionate partnering and multiple forms of advocacy services. From the presenter’s work with delinquent youth, there will be a brief look at the possible causes behind the frequent co-occurrence of learning disabilities (LD) and juvenile delinquency (JD).

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of power in one’s sense of self.
  • Employ the "organic curriculum" to create willingness, motivation, and trust.
  • Give examples of interventions effective with resistant clients.
  • State three outcomes of student empowerment.

Meet the presenter:
Dorothy Ungerleider, MA, BCET, FAET, is Founding President of AET, current Advisory Board chair, and author of Reading, Writing, and Rage, Educational Therapy in Action, and Psychoeducational Perspectives. She has lectured extensively, mentored public school teachers for the Schools Attuned program and helped develop training programs in educational therapy at UCLA and CSUN. After forming a pro bono service project at the Juvenile Justice Connection Project in L.A., she lectured to juvenile court judges about the LD/JD link and created a tool for them to use in their Bench Book for screening learning levels of adjudicated youth.

Utilize the supplemental handouts below during this webinar:
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AET Discussion Forum Rules and Etiquette

Thank you for being part of the AET online Discussion Forum. To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

What is the Discussion Forum?

The AET Discussion Forum in a resource for AET members to engage in discussion and seek and receive feedback and resources from other members and professional colleagues in the Anesthesia Technology profession.

Members are asked to agree to follow the below rules and etiquette to ensure the Discussion Forum remains an open space to discuss issues and topics related to our profession.

In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, AET reserves the right to utilize the stated Discussion Forum Violation Policies on contributors who violate these rules included below.

The Rules of Conduct and Participation

  1. Don’t attack others. The discussions on this platform are meant to stimulate conversation not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.
  2. Don't post commercial messages. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
  3. Discussion Forum messages should not contain promotional material, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. AET reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.
  4. Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on any platform is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  5. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited and will be removed.
  6. Send your message only to the most appropriate discussion topic to ensure that your post reaches all the members you seek to get feedback from.
  7. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  8. Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted to the Discussion Forum, unless otherwise copyrighted.
  9. Transparency is very important in gaining trust in online relationships, therefore be clear who you are and who you work for when posting on any platform.
  10. Remember that AET and other participants have the right to reproduce postings. Some general tips to help you maintain good etiquette when reproducing content include:

- Be courteous. Please ask participants for permission to republish their words elsewhere (especially if elsewhere would be a publicly viewable setting).

- When citing Discussion Forum content, please include a link back to the original discussion or to the Discussion Forum landing page.

Legal Notice

The Discussion Forum is provided as a service of AET. AET is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on these sites by others. AET disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on these sites, whether posted by AET or any third party; this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall AET be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. In addition, by posting material, you grant to AET and the members of this community the nonexclusive, worldwide, transferable right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material in any way and in any medium, including but not limited to print or electronic form.

Content should not be posted if it encourages or facilitates members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or implied leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Content that encourages or facilitates an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers. AET does not actively monitor these sites for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to AET's attention, AET will take all appropriate action.

AET reserves the right to block any users who do not abide by these guidelines and the Discussion Forum Violation Policy. For privacy concerns, refer to AET’s Privacy Policy.

Policy for Member Discussion Forum Violations

The AET Discussion Forum rules and etiquette should not be seen as all-inclusive, but rather to give our members a general idea of the guidelines one should follow when participating on the online Discussion Forum. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, AET reserves the right to suspend, remove content, or terminate participation on the Discussion Forum for members who violate these rules.

Taking action against one of our members, particularly in regard to removing access to the Discussion Forum, is something we would like to avoid, but realistically may have to happen in order to protect the quality of service we strive to provide to our members. This restriction is not intended to limit in any way the professional networking and educational advantages of the Discussion Forum.

When unsure whether content is consistent with these policies, please err on the side of caution and do not post the content on the Discussion Forum. If there are any questions on what content is appropriate to post please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Discussion Forum rules and etiquette may be revised from time to time and it’s the member’s responsibility to stay abreast of any changes.

Possible disciplinary actions for Discussion Forum Rules and Etiquette violations

  • An email, private message or phone call is communicated to the member that explains the violation that occurred.
  • An email or phone call is communicated to the member who violated the guidelines. The member’s Discussion Forum access may be put into moderation for 30 days, with his/her posts reviewed by AET Headquarters before they are posted online.
  • An email/private message warning is communicated to the member who violated the guidelines. The member’s Discussion Forum access may be put into moderation. Member may be placed in moderation for three months; where posts from his/her account are reviewed by AET before they are posted online.
  • Member may be subject to their access to the Discussion Forum being removed.
  • A formal written letter is sent to the member who violated the guidelines. The member may be removed from participating on the Discussion Forum in some or all of the topics.
  • AET reserves the right to edit or delete a post. However, AET generally will not edit or delete posts for members, unless there has been a severe violation of the Discussion Forum Rules and Etiquette (as mentioned).
  • To clarify or edit a message posted, we recommend the original poster to reply to the existing message. At AET’s discretion, older messages that may cause confusion or contain outdated information may be archived or deleted.

Appeal process

A member may not appeal his/her moderation reprimand. A member may appeal his/her removal of access from the Discussion Forum by contacting AET Headquarters in writing; final decisions will be will be reviewed and decided upon by the AET Ethics Committee.

Appeals should include the following pieces of information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Full disclosure of any previous violations
  • Why you feel the Discussion Forum access removal should be overturned, and include any relevant or supporting evidence.

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Read this month’s featured article from The Educational Therapist journal: "A Book Review of The Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy: Learning and Functioning with Diversity 2nd Edition.” The new edition is reviewed by Carolyn Patterson, MA, BCET.