5 Reasons to Choose PresenceLearning for Your Teletherapy Partner

As a special education director, coordinator, or administrator, you probably understand how challenging it can be to meet the individual needs of your students. Due to shortages of special educators and clinical service providers, many of your staff members may have high caseloads and a backlog of evaluations to complete by a certain date.

PresenceLearning fills these gaps for school districts, private schools, and other educational partners. Through live, online therapy sessions, we help thousands of students requiring speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral & mental health services to get the assistance they need to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially.

Let’s look at five reasons to choose PresenceLearning for your teletherapy partner.

1. A Decade of Experience

This year we’re very proud to celebrate 10 years of experience serving students via our proprietary platform with over 2 million therapy sessions delivered. We’re bringing our proven clinical leadership in teletherapy services to school districts across the United States. And our extensive network of qualified clinicians and our award-winning platform are helping our school partners solve staff shortages, prevent onsite staff burnout, and serve more students with special needs.

Our primary service areas include:

  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • Behavioral & Mental Health Therapy
  • PsychEd Services
  • Occupational Therapy

2. Clinical Expertise

PresenceLearning’s clinical experts have extensive experience in speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral & mental health services.

Kristin Martinez, M.A., CCC-SLP, the head of Clinical Standards and Outreach at PresenceLearning, began her career at PL as a lead speech-language pathologist and has grown into her current role over the last six years. Prior to joining PresenceLearning, Kristin worked as a Speech-Language Specialist for the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado, and ran her own speech-language services business, Strong Foundations. Kristin is a sought-after speaker for her expertise in the field of speech-language pathology, and is a frequent guest on blogs and podcasts.

Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, has worked in education since 2002 in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, special education teacher and case manager, school psychologist, and director of special education. Currently, Stephanie serves as our Senior Product Launch Manager at PresenceLearning, and she often moderates PresenceLearning webinars which serve as resources for our clinicians.

Rachel Morris, OT, has been an occupational therapist since 1990. She began her career with PL as an OT provider in 2013. She now works as PresenceLearning’s Clinical Quality Manager for Occupational Therapy, where she oversees the implementation of telehealth clinical OT services provided in an educational setting.

3. An Extensive Network of Contracted Clinicians

A partnership with PresenceLearning puts the PL Care Network—the largest network of caring and qualified clinicians in the country, all with onsite school experience—at your fingertips. The SLPs, OTs, school psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers in our network of nearly 1000 clinicians partner with onsite staff to expand team capacity, perform classroom observations and consultations, and attend IEP meetings. And in some cases, PL‘s providers manage evaluations, freeing up onsite staff to focus entirely on providing therapy hours.

4. Award-Winning Teletherapy Platform

Unlike many generic platforms used for teletherapy today, PresenceLearning’s proprietary platform was created with clinical input, specifically for teletherapy, and includes measures to ensure student security and confidentiality. Tools like real-time reporting and tracking give your entire team improved insights into your students’ progress. And for PL’s providers using the video-based platform to deliver speech-language, occupational, and behavioral & mental health therapy services, powerful capabilities such as real-time documentation, tracking, and notetaking let them spend more time-on-task with their students. And with an online library of more than 100,000 interactive activities and games, clinicians can quickly and easily customize content for all ages and issues.

Clinicians can perform evaluations and complete case management tasks using our intuitive platform. They can write IEPs and goals, attend IEP meetings virtually, and communicate with other members of the student’s support team. This helps ensure students, teachers, and parents all stay on the same page when it comes to service delivery and goal management.

PresenceLearning’s platform also includes an Irlen filter to help improve accessibility. Irlen filters help kids and adults alleviate problems associated with reading words on a screen or on a printed page. These filters can help make the videoconferencing experience more comfortable and can help reduce eye strain.

And for occupational therapy, the PL software supports two video feeds. The second webcam captures students’ movements and engagement in activities at the same time the clinician maintains a face-to-face connection with the first camera.

Other features of the platform include:

  • Extensive games and worksheets
  • An interactive white board
  • Controls to help focus or redirect students
  • The ability to track student goals and progress both during an individual session and over a long-term period

5. Exclusive Online Rights to Key Assessments

PresenceLearning is the only teletherapy company licensed to administer the Woodcock-Johnson IV and the RIAS-2 assessments online.* These tools assist our clinicians in providing better individualized student services and help inform instruction.

Woodcock-Johnson IV

This assessment is a broad-scope measure of intelligence, most notably academic achievement, cognitive abilities, and oral language. The entire Woodcock-Johnson IV system is organized into three separate batteries:

  • Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement
  • Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Abilities
  • Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Oral Language

The three components can be used together, separately, or in any combination. It’s a comprehensive system for identifying strengths and weaknesses among crucial academic, cognitive, and language abilities in children.

Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS-2)

The RIAS assessment measures memory and both verbal and nonverbal intelligence. Its results can help clinicians make decisions regarding selection, classification, and educational placement. It’s a crucial component to PL’s teletherapy services, and PresenceLearning has exclusive online rights to this assessment.

PresenceLearning also utilizes a number of other psychoeducational assessments, including those related to:

  • Cognitive ability and processing
  • Academic achievement
  • Social/Emotional Intelligence and Behavior
  • Adaptive Behavior and Executive Function

Make PresenceLearning Your Teletherapy Partner

For more information about PresenceLearning and our online teletherapy services in speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral & mental health therapy, we hope you’ll contact us for a consultation.

We look forward to partnering with your school or school district to help you support your students with special needs, so they can grow and thrive.

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