Becoming an independent telepractitioner can be surprising. If you’ve never provided speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, or mental health services online, you may be surprised by its effectiveness, despite having read the research. You might be surprised to be “virtually” surrounded by hundreds of other clinicians. And you might be surprised by how well you can still connect with students. Corinne Nordin, who has been working as an independent contractor SLP with PresenceLearning since 2013, discussed some of these revelations in a recent interview. Corinne, we are so happy to have you on the team, and thank you for all that you do! Q: Let’s start off with one of my favorite questions. SLPs have the opportunity to work with so many kids over their careers. Can…

Just as almost every student has that one teacher or clinician who made a difference, educators and clinicians also remember and share stories about those students who have touched them in some way. One of the best things about working at PresenceLearning is being able to hear from hundreds of SLPs, OTs, and mental health professionals from around the country tell these special stories. Recently, SLP Betsy Glover told us about a former student, and it was one of those moments that reminded us all over again why we are so passionate about what we do at PresenceLearning, whether as a clinician, an engineer, a business person, or someone supporting schools and clinicians in the field. Betsy’s story is too good not to share, so…

It’s always a pleasure to hear from our clinicians in the field. This month, Lisa George, a school psychologist working with students in Ohio, shares her onboarding experience and what she has liked the best so far about telepractice. Thank you, Lisa, for all that you do! Telehealth was new to me when I started with PresenceLearning, but I felt extremely confident and prepared going into my first real session. The company did an amazing job of preparing me between Telehealth Institute trainings for new clinicians and all the incredible Office Hours from my peers. My Senior Clinical Consultants and Lead Clinicians have been phenomenally helpful, too! Before I started serving kids, I played around in my online therapy room quite a bit, and loaded my queue with…

Like many SLPs, mission is important to Gila Cohen-Shaw, a lead clinician with PresenceLearning who has specialized in early child development. And so, for a recent milestone birthday, she looked for a way that she could show her gratitude for the blessings in her life and give something back. She found such an opportunity through Global Volunteers to participate with a group called Reaching Children’s Potential in St. Lucia, which trains caregivers and deploys them throughout the island to work with families and their children. As a telepractitioner, she had the flexibility to travel for two weeks to make a difference. St. Lucia is a beautiful Caribbean island popularly known for its luxury resorts and dramatic landscape. There is, however, another side to paradise: in…

Out of the more than 1,000 schools using PresenceLearning online speech therapy, 10 school districts were recently awarded the PresenceLearning Award of Excellence. These districts were selected based on the percentage of students who improved one level or more in spoken language production and spoken language comprehension on the Functional Communication Measures (FCMs) scales during the 2013-14 school year. The impressive progress these students made would not be possible without the support, expertise and dedication of our online speech-language pathologists (SLPs). This blog series profiles the very talented people who helped these districts achieve such high success rates. In this Q & A, we chat with Stephanie Ward, our SLP who works with students from Medford School District in Medford, OR. “Steph gets ‘asked back’…

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