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Barbara J., M.S., CCC-SLP Barbara J., M.S., CCC-SLP, grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, went to college in Texas where she lived for 9 years after graduate school, and then moved to Arkansas where she’s lived ever since. She joined the PresenceLearning Care Network of providers in 2016. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? Prior to being served by PresenceLearning, the schools in my PL district were visited by an SLP only once per quarter. The towns are only accessible by ferry and floatplane, making weekly services impossible. The SLP did all evaluations and training of staff in one day each quarter. For the past three years the children have…

Cindy H., M.S., CCC-SLP, started her studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou), and later transferred to Southern Illinois University where she finished her B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1995 and 1997. Cindy worked as an SLP in “brick & mortar” schools for 15 years initially and has now been a provider with PresenceLearning for seven years.  How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? The PL platform provides me with a wealth of organizational tools which enable me to utilize my time efficiently. I can access my student schedule quickly and view it in varied formats to suit my needs, making scheduling or rescheduling easy. The platform allows me to organize…

  Hollie F., CCC-SLP, graduated with her speech language pathology degree from Missouri State University and has been a practicing SLP for 12 years. We interviewed her to understand how she collaborates with the school partners she supports: How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? The PL platform has enabled me to increase students’ success toward goal mastery by providing essential assessment and treatment materials at my fingertips. The ability to document goal progress during the session is priceless. My productivity is maximized and my time can be spent focusing on face to face interactions with the students. Can you tell us a little about how you collaborate with teachers and other…

Sylvia Freire, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist Sylvia Freire is originally from Florida. She now lives in Ecuador with her husband and three sons, ages 15, 13, and 11. Sylvia became a practicing SLP in 2000 and joined the PL Care Network as a teletherapist in 2015. She currently works with students in Maine and California. Can you tell us a little bit about your lifestyle in Ecuador? The city where I live is Quito, the capital of Ecuador. It has mountains all around it, but it’s like California because it’s hot, but it’s windy. The weather is similar to California where it rains one minute and the next minute it’s sunny again. When I’m not working, my family and I like to play racquetball, bowling, or…

This month we spoke with Kristin Martinez, M.A., CCC-SLP, Head of Clinical Standards and Outreach with PresenceLearning, to discuss how therapy happens online within the PresenceLearning platform. She focuses on the key features available for providers in the PL Care Network. Can you tell us how providers utilize online therapy materials and share ideas among the PresenceLearning community? Providers in the PL Care Network can upload any scanned materials for personal use in their individual therapy rooms. They can organize their materials into queues within the therapy room in whatever manner makes the most sense for their planning. In addition to uploaded materials (e.g., worksheets, game boards, books), providers have access to all the supplemental and interactive tools developed by the PresenceLearning product team, including whiteboard tools, animated rewards, interactive and customizable memory and flash cards. Providers also have the ability to upload videos and to use PresenceLearning’s SiteShare tool to bring in some web-based activities. In addition to customizable therapy rooms, providers also have access to the greatest resource, their fellow PresenceLearning clinicians! PresenceLearning offers a provider community forum called the Lounge, where PL Care Network providers can interact, ask questions, and post ideas. For example, in the Bright…

This month we spoke with Kristin Martinez, M.A., CCC-SLP, a clinical quality manager with PresenceLearning, to discuss how caseload management works online. Let’s begin with how you access your assignments as a PL teletherapist. PL providers are given assignments that are a good match based upon active licensure, relevant discipline, and availability that is in-line with a particular school’s schedule. Providers receive notification of this assignment with all necessary initial details as well as the name of the PL lead clinician supporting this district. Following this first notification, the lead clinician then contacts the provider to initiate the process of supplying all required assignment details. Once a provider has a confirmed assignment, she will have access to any information PL has gathered regarding the district,…

We’ve had a lot of questions come in recently asking about how caseload management works in teletherapy. Specifically, we’ve had therapists ask how providers in the PL Care Network get their first assignment and complete all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into getting started with a new caseload. This is the first in a four-part series that walks through how to transition from onsite to online work as a therapist. We reached out to Kristin Martinez, SLP-CCC, to help us answer some of the most frequent questions we’ve heard. How do you define and communicate availability? At PresenceLearning, we request that providers indicate specifically when, each day, they are available to sit down in front of the computer for therapy sessions. These times must be recurring as therapy sessions are scheduled based upon this information. Beyond availability for direct therapy, however, providers must also be available to attend IEP meetings, complete evaluations, respond to email, and complete all student-related documentation and paperwork. The days and times may vary, but providers are still responsible for all caseload-related tasks, just as onsite providers would be. We begin to gather availability information during the recruiting process, then if a provider contracts with us,…

This month we spoke with Kristin Martinez, M.A., CCC-SLP, a clinical quality manager with PresenceLearning, to discuss what to expect, how to prepare, and how to navigate compliance issues for SLPs, OTs, and MHPs who might be considering a move to teletherapy. Let’s start at the beginning. What does a provider need to consider initially when preparing to practice in a new state via teletherapy? Of course the first consideration is adherence to any state licensure requirements. Depending on the state, this might include a state-issued license from each discipline’s governing body, but might also include a Department of Education license if you are providing teletherapy services in school-based settings. State license applications commonly require additional background checks in addition to letters of verification from the licensing bodies in any other states where you already hold a license. Also be aware that some states require a business registry/license if you are practicing as a telepractioner. What guidelines would you advise providers to research first? Educate yourself on your discipline’s national association best practice guidelines related to teletherapy (e.g., ASHA, AOTA, APA), and then start researching state regulations for any states where you have or are considering cross-licensure. In addition, it…

Gila Cohen-Shaw, M.A, CCC-SLP, PC, has worked with children as a speech-language pathologist for over 20 years in a wide range of settings and roles. She took the leap into teletherapy seven years ago and has not looked back. Today, Gila works as a lead clinician at PresenceLearning—she works with small, medium, and large school districts, and does individual therapy sessions as well. We sat down with Gila to talk about her work as a teletherapist. Could you walk us through your daily routine? Some of my day is routine, but mostly it’s pretty non-routine. I think I spend most of my day expecting the unexpected. Here’s the routine part: once I have my coffee or tea, I open up all the tabs and websites I use, and I open my Room. Then I open up the provider community portal, The Lounge, and respond to help with engagement and to share knowledge. Then I go through my emails. Each email generates a task—add a student, remove one, find a solution to a problem, answer a question. My goal is to clear my inbox (I don’t always achieve it). I might attend an IEP because I’m responsible for the case management for those…

Rachel Morris, OT, is an occupational therapist with PresenceLearning. Rachel started her OT career in 1990 and started with PL as an OT provider in 2013.   January is a great time to set goals for taking good care of our bodies. Because teletherapists have unique challenges with the physical demands of sitting in front of computer screens, we reached out to occupational therapist, Rachel Morris, for her strategies for paying attention to physical well-being and keeping a healthy and happy body. Let’s talk a little about routines you use to take care of your body while working. Will you share with us how your morning starts? Do you have any warm-up exercises you do before you sit down at your computer to meet with students? Ideally, stretching is best to do in the morning. I also recommend doing a little planking for core strength (The Plank is a yoga/pilates pose—you can learn more about it here.) Have a glass of water available and gather all of the materials you’ll need for your work at your desk before starting the day. Can you talk a little about scheduling and how you can fit in regular breaks to get up from…

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