RETA’s Guiding Values
The role of an Educational Therapist is to provide individualised intervention based on a student’s assessed Specific Learning Difference* profile.
RETA adopts the following guiding values of Respect, Integrity, Competence and Empathy (RICE) to aid in the understanding of the behaviour and standards expected of Educational Therapists working in the field of Specific Learning Differences. These guiding values place a responsibility on Educational Therapists to always be aware of their conduct, and be conscious of creating an environment where all are proud and happy to function in.
 Why RICE? – Toussaint-Samat (2009) states that “the sun and its light, which ripen the rice, make it symbolic of enlightenment and knowledge” (p. 149). Considered a staple food, rice is the most important grain with regard to human nutrition, and is eaten all over the world. Rice is also durable and can be grown even on a steep hill or mountain. For RETA, RICE therefore represents a way to enrich the lives of those we work with, as we remain resilient in our task to pass on the knowledge and skills to others so they can experience the light at the end of the tunnel – independence and success.
* A Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) encompasses a range of strengths and weaknesses that impacts upon a person’s ability to acquire certain skills despite traditional instruction. The Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) – RETA believes that all learners can be empowered to reach their fullest potential and experience success when provided with constructive and sound learning strategies.