Welcome Midwest Educational Therapy and Associates to Village Family Collective!

Julieann Ash  is excited to join the Village Family Collective’s collection of consciously-chosen local support services for families! 

Julieann Ash is the owner of Midwest Educational Therapists & Associates.

Julieann says the following,
If you have a child, adolescent, or young adult struggling with academic challenges, procrastination, disorganization, and time management, come to us and we will help them address those issues by building an individualized, effective “toolbox” based on their strengths. Our team helps school-age and college students learn to take personal control of their learning, test-taking, and organizational needs. Through coaching, the student learns to apply the toolbox to everyday academics and organizational tasks. This leads to increased confidence, motivation, organization, and academic success. We have several specialists who also work with individuals on high-stakes tests such as the ACT or SAT. 

As opposed to tutors that focus on content, we teach the individuals how their brain works and how to use it to actually learn how to learn. We are the oldest and largest educational therapy and learning specialist group in Ohio. We have a diverse group of clinicians with a depth of experience unmatched by any other program. 

Our team provides unmatched individualized support to help struggling individuals become more confident, resourceful, resilient, and successful learners. We have a proven track record of helping individuals to gain the tools that they need to be successful both academically and personally. 

We provide one-to-one coaching in person, hybrid and online. We support parents with tips and suggestions through our YouTube channel and Facebook page as well as individualized consultation. We do presentations for interested parent groups as well as professionals such as pediatricians, psychologists, counselors, and teachers. 

We look forward to partnering with parents and students of the community to support them in their learning needs!

The Journey from Julieann’s childhood to META:

“You think differently.” These were the powerful words from my brother’s speech therapist which changed my life when I was in fourth grade. At that point, I couldn’t read, write or remember math facts. I struggled to keep track of things and basically had lost hope that I would ever be successful in school or even worth much as a person. Once I learned how my brain worked, the feeling of joy and success was indescribable. I decided right then and there that I was going to learn how to help other people so no one ever had to struggle the way that I did.

In 1996 I moved to Columbus, Ohio, and later became a Board-Certified Educational Therapist; at that time, I was the only Educational Therapist in the state. In 2000, I started a private practice to help individuals who learn differently. In 2011, I founded Midwest Educational Therapy & Associates (META). For the last 12 years, our team has supported struggling learners as they become resourceful, resilient, and self-reliant students. We focus on their strengths in order for them to build tools that allow them to become stronger learners and ultimately happier people. 

When I started, I didn’t know anyone in Columbus. We had just moved here from Minnesota. I had no idea how I was going to connect with the people who needed my help. Fortunately, my neighbor was a psychologist and asked me to work with a client of hers who was struggling in school. I helped the student to understand how her brain worked and developed some strategies for her based on her strengths. Once she had her “toolbox” of strategies she was able to thrive personally and in school. This led to several other students who thought differently and just needed some additional tools based on their strengths. A number of months later, I met another psychologist, Randy Snyder, who suggested that I reach out to the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy here in Columbus. I connected with Kevin Arnold and joined the practice as a learning specialist. I also officed with Dr. Sherri Ireland, a child psychologist in Worthington. 

It was great to work with such wonderful individuals, however, my waiting list was becoming very long, and I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to reach out to more struggling learners. So, in 2011, I started Midwest Educational Therapists and Associates. The biggest struggle with a group practice here in Columbus, especially at that time, is that there are no programs for educational therapists in Ohio. This meant that I had to find people with the right kind of background, the ability to accept nonjudgmentally where a person was, and think creatively. Once I found them, then I provided mentoring and support to help my team members build the skills that they needed to have to help our learners be successful. 

This was a huge undertaking at the beginning, and I continue to build training programs, suggest certifications, and mentor. Lots of time but definitely worth it! 

If you think you or your child could benefit from our educational therapy services, please contact us!

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