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  • 1979
    • California Association of Educational Therapists (CAET) incorporated First Annual Conference and general membership meeting
  • 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) 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, 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 established Board Certificated Educational Therapist (BCET®) replaces Certified Educational Therapist (CET) with a registered service mark
  • 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 and had 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, greatly expanding AET’s visibility
  • 2016
    • “The Legacy of AET Wisdom” video produced
    • Tagline adopted: Empowering Professionals. Nurturing Learners