Academic Therapy Publications (ATP) was founded in 1965 by John I. Arena, an educator and therapist who was at the forefront of the learning disabilities movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Gifted with working one-on-one with students, his background included time as an elementary school teacher, teacher of orthopedically handicapped, reading therapist. and director of neurologically handicapped and visual-perceptual programs at an innovative learning center. ATP began with the journal Academic Therapy Quarterly, the first periodical devoted to disseminating information on learning differences to parents and teachers as well as professionals. While he was running ATP, John Arena also started the Arena School and Learning Center in the 1970s, and was heavily involved through the 1980s with various organizations such as the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA).
Academic Therapy Publications was one of the first publishers to meet the needs of teachers, parents, and students in the field of special education and learning disabilities. Now, 50 years after its founding, ATP is still a family-owned business that is proud to continue producing relevant materials that can be used by special ed teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, educational therapists, ESL teachers, parents, and specialists in all fields working with persons with reading, learning, and communication disabilities.
ATP’s publishing areas include:
ATP Assessments produces some of the most popular psychological and educational tests used by professionals involved in special education and learning differences in the K-12 school system, as well as those who serve adult populations.
High Noon Books produces and distributes a wide variety of phonic-based and high-interest / low level chapter books, ebooks, and audio for beginning, at-risk, and struggling readers. (Visit HighNoonBooks.com)
Arena Press publishes popular reading resources for teachers and professionals.
As the field of special education continues to evolve and expand, we are excited about the future and are looking forward to being there with you. Here’s to the next 50 years!