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April is World Autism Month, dedicated to increasing awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, launched the observance month to “promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.” The theme for their April 2020 campaign is #CelebrateDifferences.  Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization founded in 2005, “is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.” To support World Autism Month this year, Autism Speaks has launched the Kindness Campaign—“an initiative that invites people around the globe to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism.” PresenceLearning will be featuring a…

In the midst of expanding school closures across the country, school districts are being pressed  to transition rapidly from onsite to online learning and service delivery. Continuity is especially important for students who receive special education-related services. The Department of Education confirmed on March 13 that if a school continues to provide educational opportunities to the general student population during a school closure, the school must ensure that students with disabilities also have equal access to the same opportunities, including special education-related services. As the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, PresenceLearning is expanding its offerings to help school-based special education teams deliver services remotely to students at home. PresenceLearning clinicians are seamlessly working with partner schools to move their…

Leah started working as an SLP in 2017, and started with PL in January, 2019.  How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? With the PL platform I am able to organize my therapy sessions and activities more efficiently, which allows for better-run therapy sessions and more time for communication with school staff.  Doing teletherapy, all the activities are right there on the computer. Working in a school, a lot of time is taken up simply finding, corralling, organizing activities, etc. With PL, having all the activities online and then being able to organize them into categories and subcategories allows me to do all these steps very quickly and spontaneously as needed. Because…

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What is teletherapy?

Teletherapy is the delivery of a wide range of therapy services using telecommunications technology to connect clinicians to clients. Typically, teletherapy utilizes webcams, audio headsets, and videoconferencing software to facilitate synchronous interaction between clinicians and clients. Leading professional organizations such as ASHA, AOTA, and the APA recognize teletherapy as an appropriate model for service delivery for speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral & mental health therapy.   For example, in ASHA’s Telepractice Overview, the authors cite research on the satisfaction ratings across all stakeholders—parents, clients, and clinicians. AOTA reports in the paper, Telehealth in Occupational Therapy, “By removing barriers to accessing care, including social stigma, travel, and socioeconomic and language barriers, the use of telehealth as a service delivery model within occupational therapy leads to…

Lindsey T., M.A, CCC-SLP, is speech-language pathologist, teletherapist, and parent of four children. She joined the PresenceLearning Care Network in 2015. We spoke with Lindsey about her experience working as a teletherapist. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? I have been able to provide services to districts that do not have an SLP. In addition, I have been able to provide virtual services to students in their homes which is super convenient for them.  The PresenceLearning Library has a ton of resources which is really great. Whenever I have a student on my schedule who I haven’t met before, or a special ed director calls me and wants me to see…

Natalie has been working as an SLP for over 30 years. She joined PL in 2014 and is a lead clinician. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? I think it helps serve the students better because the students are drawn in more to the activities on the computer. The platform also lends itself to more turn taking. If you have kids in a group in a typical school setting, when you’re playing a game, kids will be reaching out to each other and getting into more interactions physically and verbally with each other because everyone is right together. But in the teletherapy group session, even though they are sitting right next…

Teletherapy is reshaping how special education services are delivered in an increasingly digital world. With 10 years of experience, and 2 million teletherapy sessions completed, PresenceLearning knows a lot about providing speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and psychoeducational services online. The PresenceLearning Care Network has nearly 1,000 qualified SLPs, OTs, school psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers with school-based experience providing services to school districts across the country. Let’s look at seven compelling reasons to adopt teletherapy as a solution for delivering special education services in your school or school district. 1. Fill Critical Service Gaps Special education professionals today are frequently confronted with large caseloads and backlogs of students requiring evaluation. SPED directors often struggle with a critical shortage of clinical service providers which makes…

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…

  Jenna has been working as an Occupational Therapist since 2009. Jenna is a Lead Clinician at PresenceLearning. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? The PL platform is highly interactive which helps us to better engage the students. As a clinician, I have a wide range of treatment activities readily available and I can switch between them seamlessly as needed throughout the session. As an OT, I work off of the platform a lot too, working on hand strengthening, scissor skills, etc. The students love watching me mirror things for them (we usually turn it into a game!). The various camera/screen sizes and the ability to use two cameras simultaneously has…

Before joining PresenceLearning, Cheryl M., CCC-SLP, practiced as a speech-language pathologist for 19 years in K-5 in public schools. She’s been working with PresenceLearning since 2016.  How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? I have been able to collaborate with the assigned primary support person (PSP) located onsite for new ways to help children communicate. They let me know about school culture/materials and I bring my speech and language background. It has made for a dynamic team!  Can you tell us a little about how you collaborate with teachers and other school staff members? I email teachers at the start of the year to introduce myself and then I make it a…

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