Who is PresenceLearning?

PresenceLearning is the leading provider of live, online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions, mental health services, and assessments for K-12 students. We offer educational institutions remote access to a nationwide network of licensed clinical professionals who work face-to-face with students via secure, live, online video sessions.

Who are PresenceLearning’s online providers?

PresenceLearning contracts with a large and growing network of highly qualified clinical professionals, including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, and school psychologists. All clinician providers must be licensed where they live, as well as in the state where they are serving students.

How does online therapy work?

PresenceLearning clinicians work with students and their support team—teachers, paraprofessionals or classroom aides, interventionists, school psychologists, parents, and other caregivers—via live videoconferencing using the same techniques and materials as traditional onsite services. Our proprietary teletherapy platform was designed specifically to deliver online therapy services. It includes integrated audio and video for high fidelity, live interactions; provides clinicians with access to a large online library of therapy activities; and features scheduling and progress monitoring tools.

Where do students go for online therapy?

Online therapy can be delivered in resource rooms, classrooms, computer labs, libraries, and any other space where distractions are limited and the student can focus on the screen. Paraprofessionals, SLPAs, COTAs, classroom aides, and other helpers guide younger students to and from the area where they receive therapy, and work with our technical support team to resolve any issues that arise, as needed. A student receiving mental health services online often requires a confidential area with a window or glass door to ensure both privacy and student safety.

Is online therapy really as good as face-to-face?

Online therapy IS face-to-face—the faces are just on the screen. With PresenceLearning, students are highly engaged and can often make progress faster than national averages. Published research studies demonstrate the effectiveness of teletherapy, and leading professional organizations recognize the benefit of therapy delivered online, including: Mayo Clinic, American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), American Psychological Association (APA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), American Counseling Association (ACA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Is online therapy only good for certain students?

Teletherapy can be effective for a majority of students with special needs. Online therapy has worked with students who have articulation problems, as well as those on the autism spectrum or who have more severe conditions. While research has shown that online therapy can be as effective as onsite, online can be an even better option when:

  • A student needs a specialist that isn’t available in their area
  • A student feels stigmatized by being pulled out of class
  • Flexibility is needed to work around a student’s busy schedule
  • A student needs a less distracting environment to focus
  • A student feels less intimidated in the online environment

What kind of materials are used?

You use the same types of materials commonly available onsite—including cards, board games, videos, and curriculum-based activities—all of which are available in our extensive digital content library. This online library contains tens of thousands of items that enable you to create individualized sessions for each and every student. You can also upload your own materials to the library for use.

What about privacy?

PresenceLearning upholds compliance with FERPA and manages student information with a heightened degree of security by ensuring safeguards, including—but not limited to—password protection, encryption capabilities, de-identification processes, and invitation-­only therapy sessions. Clinicians are bound by the same ethical, privacy, and confidentiality practices online as they are in an onsite setting.

Can you do assessments online?

Yes. Our clinicians have performed more than 6,000 online evaluations using commonly used assessments from HMH, Pearson, WPS, and others, including:

SPEECH-LANGUAGE: GFTA-3, KLPA-3, Arizona-3, CELF-5, CELF-5 Screener, CELF-Metalinguistics, CELF-5 Reading and Writing Supplement, CASL, CELF 4-Spanish, BESA, PPVT-4, EVT-2, CCC-2, SSI-4, EOWPVT: SBE, ROWPVT: SBE, TAPS-3, TAPS-SBE

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: Beery VMI, Sensory Profile 2, Sensory Processing Measure, School Function Assessment, MVPT-4

PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL

  • Abilities/Cognitive: Woodcock-Johnson IV Cognitive (WJ COG), TAPS-3, TAPS-SBE
  • Academic/Achievement: Woodcock-Johnson IV Achievement (WJ ACH), KeyMath – Third Edition
  • Social-Emotional & Behavioral: GARS-3, BASC-2, CBCL, Conners CBRS, BASC
  • Adaptive: Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, ABAS-3, SIB-R, ABS-S: 2

Will I be responsible for attending or leading IEP meetings? How does that work online?

You become part of the student’s support team and must communicate regularly with teachers, parents, and other members of the child’s team via email or phone calls. Clinicians who serve as case managers organize and conduct IEP meetings with the student support team.

How do remote clinicians communicate with teachers, parents, and district staff?

PresenceLearning encourages close collaboration among the online clinician, teachers, resources professionals, administrators, and parents. Clinicians participate in all meetings of the IEP team via phone or videoconferencing.

How does PresenceLearning match me with students?

You will be matched with students in the states in which you are licensed based on demand, hours required, and schedule matching. In addition, if you are bilingual or have specializations in certain areas, you may also be paired to best serve students with those needs. You will see the same students each week, and will develop a rapport similar to working onsite. In fact, we have many students, parents, and districts who request the same PresenceLearning clinicians year after year.

What hours can I work?

PresenceLearning’s teletherapy opportunities are typically scheduled during the traditional school day hours of 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, and we ask that our clinicians commit to at least 10 hours of direct therapy per week. Your availability has a significant impact on the caseload we assign to you. To get assigned the total number of hours you want, please provide us with your most flexible windows of availability.

What type of support will I get from PresenceLearning?

New clinicians are taught how to use the tools in our platform through an online comprehensive orientation called Telehealth Institute. You also have the opportunity to work with a clinical mentor so you can practice online therapy techniques and become familiar with the therapy tools available through the platform. You receive ongoing support after you have started delivering therapy, too, and can tap into the knowledge and experience of our active, online community of over 700 clinicians—whenever you need it.

What are the licensure requirements to do telepractice?

To provide services online, you must be licensed both in your state of residence AND in any state where you provide services (where the students/clients reside).

What equipment do I need?

As an independent contractor, you are responsible for supplying your own equipment. Required equipment includes a computer that is less than five (5) years old (2012 or newer), a webcam, a headset (or headphones with a microphone), and high-speed Internet connectivity.

Can I still work another job while working with PresenceLearning?

As an independent contractor, you are free to have another job. Many of our clinicians work part-time serving private clients while working with PresenceLearning. However, because most of our opportunities are in schools, therapy must be delivered during school hours (8:00 am to 2:30 pm). We have found that it is not realistic for clinicians who already have a full-time job in a school to work extra hours with PresenceLearning, regardless of time zone.

What licenses, credentials & experience do I need?

  • Licensure: To provide services online, you must be licensed both in your state of residence AND in any state where you provide services (where the students/clients reside).
  • National Certification: National certifications help PresenceLearning ensure that we partner with highly qualified clinicians to deliver the best possible services to our students. SLPs must have their ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), and OTs must have their NBCOT Certification. For School Psychologists, NCSP certification is preferred, but not required.
  • DOE requirements: For school-based opportunities—depending on the state where you provide services—there may be additional required certifications/licenses which are obtained through the state’s Department of Education.
  • Requirements for school opportunities: For online school therapy opportunities, experience working in schools is required, including IEP experience.
© 2017. All Rights Reserved. | PresenceLearning makes live, online special education related services available to K-12 students anytime, anywhere. As the leader in the delivery of clinical services via the web, PresenceLearning has provided over one million sessions of speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions and mental health services, assessments, and early childhood services.