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College Admissions Guidance

EF Specialists offers a wide variety of services to help you prepare for the college application process and feel confident in your college selections. We will guide you step by step through the process and help you executively decide which college setting is right for you. Read below to learn more: 

"I just committed to University of Oregon last Sunday and I could not be more excited! I seriously need to properly thank both you and Ellie for setting me up for success in college. I’ve never felt more independent and self sufficient in my life and it’s largely due to you teaching me how to approach procrastination and avoidant tendencies. I’ve felt like I’ve gone through a whole transformation over quarantine in terms of time management and work ethic and I seriously owe a lot of my process to both you and Ellie. I can’t thank you enough for preparing me for this really important step and just life in general!"

- First Year College Student 

à La Carte Services

Intake Session and Initial College List: 90 minutes/mandatory

  • Overview of college process

  • Review transcripts and test scores

  • Appraise student’s interests through interview and assessments

  • Identify preferred college characteristics

  • Set up CustomCollegePlan account and review website features

  • Research schools based on interests, abilities, and cost 

  • Generate a broad list of colleges for student to explore


Final College List: 2-3 hours for up to 12 schools 

  • Develop final list of colleges containing various degrees of selectivity 

  • Assign probabilities and deadlines

  • Review final list with family for approval


Essay Guidance: 1-2 hours per essay

  • Topic exploration

  • Brainstorm sessions

  • Review drafts for accuracy


Applications: 1-2 hours per application

  • Timeline created with deadlines (including early decision/action)

  • Activity list creation

  • Review all applications for accuracy before submission

  • Interview Prep


College Selection/Financial Aid

  • Create college portals

  • Provide information on scholarship search engines

  • Evaluate financial aid award letters and compare options

  • Who are AET Educational Therapists?
    AET-qualified Educational Therapists have met high educational, philosophical, and ethical standards to support their clients. AET Associate Educational Therapist members are highly trained professionals, with graduate- level degrees and documented educational backgrounds in special education, educational assessment, and the philosophy and practice of educational therapy. AET Educational Therapist/Professionals (ET/Ps) have completed additional supervised hours with a Board Certified Educational Therapist and have logged at least 1500 hours of direct service with clients. AET Board Certified Educational Therapists (BCETs) have reached the highest level of professional qualification by completing a Master’s Degree in a field related to educational therapy and meeting additional requirements including submitting a comprehensive case study and passing a best practices exam.
  • Who benefits from the support of an AET Educational Therapist?
    Adults, adolescents, and children with learning differences who need personalized intervention plans and one-on-one support to remediate deficits and promote strengths and abilities. • Students and employees with executive function challenges who need assistance to take control of their time management, thinking strategies, memory, and organization. • Learners who have given up the hope to learn. • Bright students who are not thriving at school. • Parents who want to learn how to support their children. • Allied Professionals who need to understand the learner’s perspective. • Pediatricians who need a better understanding of learning differences.
  • Who do Educational Therapists collaborate with?
    AET Educational Therapists work closely with Allied Professionals such as psychologists, diagnosticians, pediatricians, educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals to provide comprehensive support to their shared clients.
  • How do I find an Educational Therapist?
    You can visit our team page to learn more about the Educational Therapists on our staff or you can find trusted, trained, and professional AET Educational Therapists may be found by accessing the Find an ET resource at
  • What is the difference between an Educational Therapist and a tutor?
    While a tutor generally focuses on teaching specific subject matter, an educational therapist’s focus is broader. Educational therapists work as a team with parents, teachers, and other professionals to set goals and develop an intervention plan that addresses not only academic difficulties, but also psycho-educational and socio-emotional aspects of life-long learning through an eclectic combination of individualized intervention strategies.
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