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By Karin H. Koukeyan, CCC-SLP Are you looking for ways to improve your students’ engagement in preparation for fall? Start planning your sessions now to ensure a smooth start to the school year, and think about ways to meet students where they are, as digital natives, by incorporating 21st century techniques into your lesson plans. Clinical Quality Manager, Karin Koukeyan, CCC-SLP, answered a few common questions on the subject of technology & therapy: Q: What advice can you give therapists who are looking to prepare for fall and want new resources to engage students? A: Remember to always focus on your students’ unique needs. Service delivery via telepractice should not limit your ability to work with students of all ages and choosing age-appropriate materials should always be a priority. Similar to onsite therapy, games can enrich the therapy experience and make drills more motivating. There are many interactive websites that provide free online games that can be played with students through platforms which allow screen sharing. Q: How can you incorporate 21st century learning techniques into your therapy (even if you don’t work online)? A: When one thinks of 21st century learning techniques, the use of technology always comes to…

What articles have caught your attention lately? Here are a few that our team has been sharing: Invisible Girls – Why autism is often overlooked in girls. (ASHA Leader) Finding a Voice For a Child – An SLP discovers a calling working with AAC. (ASHA Leader) Who is in special education and who has access to related services? New evidence from the National Survey of Children’s Health – An in-depth look at special education demographics. (Brookings) After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, Second Edition – Resources for middle and high schools to address and prevent suicide. (NASP) What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? – BDD goes far beyond vanity and can lead to very serious implications. (Child Mind Institute)

Behavioral and mental health teletherapy has a long research history – over 50 years.  It originally started in the military as a way to provide services to deployed active duty members. Over time, its uses spread to other circumstances for adults and, eventually, children. Inherently, teletherapy makes sense for talk therapy – talking is talking regardless of it being in person, on the phone, or via video conferencing. Recently, teletherapy has been found effective, not only for counseling, but for traditional kinds of group therapies, skill building, and behavioral modification. Even though it seems like more in-depth types of services may not be as straightforward as talk therapy, they are often similar to onsite services.  Games and activities that are typically done onsite can be…

Jennifer Cravens is School Partnership Clinician with PresenceLearning. Jen started her career with PresenceLearning as a contracted speech-language pathologist in 2013. Jen explains how she made the transition from contractor to employee and offers advice to those looking to advance their career with PresenceLearning. Can you tell me about your background and how you came to work with PresenceLearning? I have over 20 years of school-based experience as a speech-language pathologist. I spent 14 years in schools and medical settings and 6 years as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Illinois. During this time, I realized how I could reach more students by practicing online and I quickly learned how to teach online. I taught an online course and over 700 students were able to attend my class (the classes in…

Michelle Brownlee is School Partnership Director with PresenceLearning. Michelle started her career with PresenceLearning as a contracted speech-language pathologist in 2012 when she was living in Japan. Michelle explains how she made the transition from contractor to employee and offers advice to those looking to advance their career with PresenceLearning. Can you tell me a little about your background and how you came to work for PresenceLearning? I have been a licensed Speech Language Pathologist since 1991. For several years, I lived in Japan.  Although I speak some Japanese and was employed part-time teaching English, I was unable to work as an SLP.   The year prior to my big move back to the United States, I decided to take a look at what opportunities were available…

What articles have caught your attention lately? Here are a few that our team has been sharing: Remote Assessments Could Speed Autism Diagnosis – New research shows the feasibility of the remote diagnosis of autism. (Disability Scoop) Why Taking Away Recess Is a Counterproductive Punishment – Recess is an important part of learning. (ADDitude) New research into letter-spacing could help improve children’s reading – Increasing letter spacing can help people to read faster, but not due to visual processing. (Science Daily) Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks – Short breaks throughout the day help kids to focus and be more productive. (Edutopia) Students With Emotional Disabilities: Facts About This Vulnerable Population – Understanding and supporting students with mental health needs. (Education Week) Is technology impacting my child’s social and communications skills? – A look at how screen time…

Just as too much television was once a cause for concern for child development, overuse of technology on smartphones and tablets now worry parents, educators, and researchers. Hearing, vision, speech and language development, social communication skills, sleep, physical activity, and brain development can all be adversely impacted by too much screen time and overuse of earbuds or headphones. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time for children between the ages of two and five to an hour of high-quality programing per day. It also important for children to have set times that are free of devices, such as during dinner or before bedtime, and for parents to model good habits for their kids. Screen time, however, can be an important and engaging part…

A recent CASE survey* found special education leaders lose the most sleep over personnel issues compared to other job stressors. Hiring special education teachers and related services staff can certainly be hard, especially in areas experiencing acute shortages of experienced professionals. So how can you retain the great staff you have? The cost of rehiring and retraining can be a costly cycle, so it’s important to consider what leads people to change jobs, or even leave education altogether. According to ASHA’s Schools Survey Report: SLP Workforce and Work Conditions Trends 2000 – 2016, speech-language pathologists report three main sources of stress: Paperwork High workloads/caseloads Insufficient time to collaborate This information matches PresenceLearning’s own surveys of the factors that make clinical professionals burn out of their…

World Autism Day is Monday, April 2, 2018, which marked the kickoff of an entire month dedicated to spreading 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.” How can you get involved in the movement? Learn more about how the autistic brain works: Leading autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin hosted a webinar with PresenceLearning’s Clay Whitehead to give special educators and administrators a deeper understanding of neurodiversity and how they can help students reach their fullest potential. You can watch a recording of the webinar here, read a summary of…

So much to read, so little time! Check out this month’s list of some of the more noteworthy articles we’ve come across. Poor sleep: A powerful — but often ignored — culprit in learning – A look at what both parents and educators can do about a child’s sleep issues, and how they can affect an IEP (Multibriefs) The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught – The disconnect between the way children are taught to read, and the way speech and language develops in the brain. (NPR) How to Keep Students with Disabilities Safe in Lockdowns, Evacuations, and Other School Crises – Learn about the Individual Emergency and Lockdown Plan, which is designed to blend seamlessly with a student’s IEP. (Friendship Circle) How to Motivate (Not…

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