Erin O’Connell, an online school psychologist with PresenceLearning, and her family are currently living on the Naval Air Facility Atsugi (NAF Atsugi) in Japan where her husband is stationed. Despite being more than 5,000 miles away from her students, Erin is able to continue her professional career via teletherapy and, importantly, help students succeed. Preparing to Move Erin originally began working as a school psychologist in Florida, but she knew her family would be moving frequently and that she would need to expand her career and certification to other states. In preparation, Erin became a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).  Later, when she worked in Maryland, she was allowed to practice part-time without expanding her state certification, but when a subsequent move brought the O’Connells…

World Autism Day was Sunday, April 2, 2017, 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…

Audience members from the first webinar in the “Eureka! Big Ideas for Big Changes in SPED” series with scholar, author, and speaker Dr. Lori Desautels had so many questions during “Big Ideas in Neuroscience: Brains, Behavior and Engagement for Students and SPED Leaders,” that Dr. Desautels graciously agreed to answer more on our blog. This is the first in several more to come! Are these exercises to calm the brain best done first thing each morning, as well as at times throughout the day? As you go along with these wonderful strategies, could you give suggestions for older students as well (like high school age)? Focused Attention Practices are so important to do first thing in the morning and throughout a period or the day when students…

The second webinar in the “Eureka! Big Ideas for Big Changes in SPED” webinar series was with researcher Dr. Margo Izzo and disability advocate, author, poet, and consultant LeDerick Horne. During “New Insights for Building Disability Pride and Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities,” Margo and LeDerick explained what hidden disabilities are, shared how educators can help destigmatize them, and shared ideas for helping connect students to positive role models, build on their assets, and advocate for the services they are guaranteed. After the webinar, our co-founder and co-CEO Clay Whitehead fielded audience questions for Margo and LeDerick. This lively discussion is provided below. Clay: I’m interesting in the term disability pride. Why do you use that term? Disability pride. There’s a lot of other ways you could take that.…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in Boston, MA; National Harbor, MD; Irving and New Braunfels, TX; and Chelan, WA in April. Stop by and say hello! CEC 2017 April 19 – 22 Boston, MA LRP Institute April 23 – 26 National Harbor, MD Spring Conference on Special Education Law April 11 Irving, TX April 18 New Braunfels, TX WASA Superintendent Workshop April 30 – May 2 Chelan, WA Would you like to schedule a private demo during one of these conferences? Email sales@presencelearning.com and let us know where you will be attending.

Many clinicians turn to teletherapy due to life changes: some need time to care for children or family members, some are looking for more freedom, and some move frequently due to a spouse in the military. Brittney Franklin, an occupational therapist, got involved with teletherapy when she and her husband decided to move from a city on Lake Superior to a city on the Atlantic coast. She is now in her fourth school year with PresenceLearning, and we are thrilled to have her as part of our network. Brittney, thank you for all that you do for your students! Q. Why did you decide to try your hand at online therapy with PresenceLearning? A. My husband and I took a life adventure. We moved from Duluth,…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, Louisiana, Utah, and Massachusetts in March. Stop by and say hello! 77th Annual Michigan CEC Conference  March 1 – 3 Grand Rapids, MI WSHA Convention March 2 – 4 Appleton, WI Social and Emotional Learning Conference March 13 Harrisburg, PA CSHA Annual Convention March 16 – 19 Pasadena, CA CCSA Conference March 20 – 23 Sacramento, CA LASAFAP Spring Conference March 22 – 24 Lake Charles, LA Utah Public Education Human Resource Association Conference March 29 – 20 St. George, UT Massachusetts Urban Project Directors’ Meeting  March 29 Farmington, MA AOTA Annual Conference March 30 – April 2 Philadelphia, PA Would you like to schedule a private demo during one of these conferences? Email sales@presencelearning.com and let us know where you will be attending.

The first webinar in the “Eureka! Big Ideas for Big Changes in SPED” webinar series was with scholar, author, and speaker Dr. Lori Desautels. During “Big Ideas in Neuroscience: Brains, Behavior and Engagement for Students and SPED Leaders,” Dr. Desautels discusses how understanding neurodiversity is the first step to creating a positive learning climate for all students. After the webinar, our co-founder and co-CEO Clay Whitehead and Dr. Desautels answered webinar attendee questions about neuroscience’s role in behavior management. Below is a summary of their discussion. Clay: You mentioned, in the latter half of the presentation, that some educators you work with have set up an amygdala reset station for teachers to use. What’s in those stations? Dr. Desautels: These amygdala first aid stations, or…

In recent years, parents, educators and therapists alike have raised concerns over the popularity of prescribing long-acting stimulants to students diagnosed with ADHD. According to the Child Mind Institute, side effects from these medications include sleep problems, decreased appetite, delayed growth, headaches and stomachaches, tics, and irritability. Their effectiveness has been challenged, as well. The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published a study last September analyzing what was more effective for treating children with ADHD: long-acting stimulants or behavioral interventions. The study examined 75 children 5-12 years old who had been diagnosed with ADHD. The students attended a summer school program with classes each weekday for eight weeks. Students were randomly assigned to receive medication or behavioral interventions that included daily report cards coaching…

SeekFreaks is a new online resource for clinicians covering topics related to school-based practice, and was started by Carlo Vialu, who formerly oversaw physical therapy services for the New York City Department of Education, and Dr. Laurie Ray, an Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.  In a recent interview with Jen Kenney, a CCC-SLP with PresenceLearning who has practiced online for the last five of her 17 years of experience, Carlo and Jen unpacked everything a fellow SLP might want to know about teletherapy (also known as telehealth and telepractice), as well as what districts might want to better understand about this mode of delivery.  Check out highlights of Jen’s interview in the infographic below, or click here for the full interview.  

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