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.  

This month, Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor of animal sciences, esteemed author and world-renowned autism spokesperson – and friend of PresenceLearning – was one of 10 women to be inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame! Past nominees include the likes of Madeleine Albright, Maya Angelou, Susan B. Anthony, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Oprah Winfrey. We couldn’t agree more with The Hall’s choice to induct Dr. Grandin! In addition to her 20+ years of work in animal sciences, it was Dr. Grandin’s experience of living with autism and her unique way of thinking that helped her become a visionary in the industry. To this day, her methods and designs for humane slaughter are used across…

Working from home as a school-based online SLP, OT, or mental health professional has many benefits as well as its own unique challenges. According to a recent survey of PresenceLearning clinicians, working from home and setting one’s own schedule were some of the top reasons for making a career shift to teletherapy. Once clinicians begin their online practice, reasons for liking teletherapy shift to being able to serve kids who might not otherwise have access to quality care, using the PresenceLearning online therapy platform, and the sense of community and support that comes from being part of the PresenceLearning network. In a recent post, CCC-SLP and Senior Clinical Consultant Karin H. Koukeyan presented tips for setting up an organized and distraction-free workspace in the home. Now we…

By Karin H. Koukeyan Working from home as a teletherapy provider provides a multitude of conveniences by allowing a flexible work schedule. However, there is an ongoing challenge faced by individuals who choose a work-from-home lifestyle. Balancing your professional life with your personal life continues to be an ongoing stressor for many. This obstacle can be easily overcome with a few simple organizational tips. By designating a dedicated workspace that is clutter-free, you can maximize your effectiveness as a teletherapist and make an even bigger impact in the lives of many students. Choose the ideal space. Of course, the best scenario would be to have a separate, dedicated room that is exclusively used as a home office. However, this option may not be realistic for the…

Changing gears from being a school-based SLP to starting a private practice can be a big change, especially when your new practice is online. PresenceLearning has a wide range of ways to support independent telepractitioners including an assigned onboarding specialist, technical support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities. However, moving to the online world does mean learning new technology and finding the most effective way to communicate with school staff, parents, and peers from hundreds of miles away. Janet Courtney, an SLP who has contracted with PresenceLearning as an SLP for five years, shares her insights on what it takes to be successful in telepractice and what she likes most about working online. Janet, it is great to have you in our network, and thank you for all…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in California, Mississippi, Indiana, Alaska, Oregon, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Phoenix, and Alabama in February. Stop by and say hello! Every Child Counts  February 1 – 3 Anaheim, CA Mississippi CEC State Conference February 1 – 3 Biloxi, MS ICASE Spring Conference February 2 – 3 Indianapolis, IN Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference February 4 – 7 Anchorage, AK New Special Education Directors/Coordinators Seminar Series February 8 Salem, OR ISHA Annual Conference February 9 – 11 Rosemont, IL IAASE Winter Conference February 16 – 17 Springfield, IL NASP Annual Convention February 21 – 24 San Antonio, TX IRSD Winter Institute  February 22 – 23 St. Augustine, FL CASE Winter Hybrid Conference  February 23 – 24 Clearwater Beach, FL or Virtual TSHA Annual Convention February 23 – 25 Austin, TX AZCEC/CASE Annual State Conference February 24 Phoenix, AZ ALA CASE February 26 – 28 Hoover, AL 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.

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