We all have gifts and abilities. Sometimes we need specific support in order to unwrap our strengths and to discover constructive ways to face our challenges in learning.
Unwrap and Learn Educational Therapy is a specialized service for academic intervention with deep respect for the whole person. It strives to help students discover their gifts and explore new ways to learn through a personalized, client-centered, goal-based educational process.
Dr. Maria-Cecília de F. C. Buckley offers consultation, workshops and direct academic intervention for students of different age groups who may experience challenges with learning or executive functioning. Some students might need remediation or compensatory education. Some might be gifted and diagnosed as "twice exceptional”. She also offers consultation and workshops for parents and professionals.
Maria-Cecília finds the variety of abilities and gifts present in different groups of learners both intriguing and engaging, so she enjoys working with persons of different ages and with various strengths and challenges. She believes we are all a unique combination of talents and weaknesses, and that we are all called to grow in self-awareness and to become lifelong learners. Learning happens best when we enjoy it, when we trust our inner capacity and when we are fully alive. Her approach takes into account the particular way each person learns, the influence of the learner’s environment, how he/she feels about her/his learning, what he/she enjoys and prefers, and what she/he wants and needs to accomplish. The sessions often include activities that are stress-reducing, fun and enjoyable for the student, such as mindfulness exercises, movement and games.
Educational Therapy is a strength based educational approach that offers children and adults with learning challenges a wide range of intense, individualized interventions designed to remediate learning problems.The main goal and purpose of Educational Therapy is to optimize learning, with the recognition that emotions, behaviors and learning are intertwined. An Educational Therapist has extensive and rigorous training in the psychology of learning disorders, assessments, and strategies, including knowledge of specific disabilities.
While a tutor generally focuses on teaching a specific subject matter, an Educational Therapist's focus is broader. Educational Therapists collaborate with all the significant people concerned with the student's learning. They focus not only on remediation, but also on acquiring and developing underlying learning skills to help clients become more self-aware, self-reliant, efficient learners.
How to proceed with Educational Therapy?
The usual path starts with sending a message through this website (Contact Dr. Buckley). It includes a complimentary conversation, and if it seems that Educational Therapy is a good fit for the needs, there will be an interview session for gathering important information in order to establish goals and procedures (fees apply). Educational Therapy sessions begin after a contract and initial goals are established. The goals are updated as a client’s needs evolve and change.
How are the goals established?
The goals, strategies and activities flow from knowledge acquired during interviews, in depth interpretation of psycho-educational evaluation reports, continuous observation and dialogue with the client and/or family of the client.
Where can I find more information on Educational Therapy?
The website of the Association of Educational Therapists has helpful information for parents and professionals interested in learning about the benefits of Educational Therapy. It also offers state-of-the-art webinars that deal with relevant issues in education.
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Maria-Cecília’s career started in public schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has evolved over the years and given her a variety of opportunities, always in the field of Education, through direct services, teacher formation and formation of volunteers. She has worked for over twenty years in private independent schools as a Learning Spec
Maria-Cecília’s career started in public schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has evolved over the years and given her a variety of opportunities, always in the field of Education, through direct services, teacher formation and formation of volunteers. She has worked for over twenty years in private independent schools as a Learning Specialist. Maria-Cecília has taught at Universities and volunteered as a member of the Board of Directors of an international organization serving persons with disabilities. Having travelled extensively to give training and to participate in events all over the Americas, in Eastern and Western Europe, and in the Middle East, her practice reflects a broad understanding of humanity and multiculturalism. She is passionate about what she does and has dedicated her life to education of persons who have challenges in learning.
Besides AET, Maria-Cecília maintains memberships with
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Council for Exceptional Children
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
International Dyslexia Association
Maria-Cecília enjoys nature, swimming, reading, cooking, music, travel, hiking, water color painting and, most of all, to be with her spouse, family members and friends. Maria-Cecília recognizes the human need for community, and her faith and faith community are integral parts of who she is. Her languages are English, Portuguese, French and Spanish.
Maria-Cecília offers a complimentary thirty-minute interview to explore possible services. After this initial conversation, her work will be based on a service contract signed by the client and/or parent. (See FAQs)
Maria-Cecília helps families to interpret comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation reports. She also gives orientation on educational procedures to be applied at home (e.g. how parents can support academic skills or homework and the development of executive functions). After receiving the necessary written permission, she may collabor
Maria-Cecília helps families to interpret comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation reports. She also gives orientation on educational procedures to be applied at home (e.g. how parents can support academic skills or homework and the development of executive functions). After receiving the necessary written permission, she may collaborate with other professionals working with the client, such as teachers, psychologists or other therapists.
Maria-Cecília offers support for families who opt for home schooling.
Workshops on specific topics for parents, professionals or students can be offered depending on need.
Educational therapy is currently offered in person and
through e-practice, using Zoom Meetings.
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References available upon request.
2250 S. Oneida St. Suite 206 - Denver, CO 80224, USA