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How did AET begin?

These are our founders and past presidents speaking to our purpose and philosophy

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History

1979

  • California Association of Educational Therapists (CAET) incorporated
  • First Annual Conference and general membership meeting held

1980

  • Publication of CAET News (Newsletter)

1981

  • Association of Educational Therapists (AET) incorporated
  • Bylaws approved
  • First Advisory Board meeting
  • Study Groups established

1983

  • Educational therapy training programs inaugurated

1984

  • IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status granted

1985

  • AET Code of Ethics adopted
  • CAET News becomes The Educational Therapist professional journal

1990-2000

  • Scope of educational therapy practice further defined
  • Psychoeducational Perspectives by Dorothy Ungerleider published by AET
  • Professional Membership standards upgraded
  • Educational Therapy Defined published

1998

  • First website, www.aetonline.org, launched

2000

  • New logo adopted

2001

  • Recognition of AET by a major allied professional organization: ASHA accepts AET as a continuing education provider

2002

  • Certification Board establishes Board Certificated Educational Therapist with registered mark of BCET®) (replaces Certified Educational Therapist (CET)

2000-2004

  • AET participates in national public policy decisions
  • Admitted to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD)
  • Participates in the National Roundtable on Learning Disabilities
  • Educational therapy written into No Child Left Behind regulations
  • Participates with the NJCLD in the writing of a position paper on the NCLB proposed Response to Intervention criteria for defining learning disabilities
  • Represented at a national forum on Response to Intervention
  • Meets with Board of Behavioral Sciences in Sacramento to discuss parameters of educational therapy
  • Provides testimony about the profession of educational therapy before the BBS in Los Angeles
  • Invited to participate in National Center for Learning Disabilities Roundtable in Washington 
  • National Roundtable includes educational therapy in new regulations for Reauthorization of IDEA

2004

  • Spanish language section added to website 

2005

  • Virtual Study Group launched

2007

  • Educational Therapy Institute (ETI®) in Chicago

2008

  • Professional Membership renamed Educational Therapist/Professional with the registered mark of ET/P®

2010

  • Textbook The Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy: A Teaching Model published, providing uniformity to the training of educational therapists

2014

  • Educational therapy training offered online

2015

  • AET joins Coalition for Reading Excellence
  • AET offers Webinars to members and the public

2016

  • “The Legacy of AET Wisdom” video produced
  • Tagline adopted: Empowering Professionals. Nurturing Learners

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