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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…

Angela C., M.Ed., was born and raised in Iowa and attended college at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has worked as a school psychologist and counselor in public and private brick-and-mortar schools for over 18 years. She joined the PL Care Network in 2018. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? The students enjoy the interaction via teletherapy as they are so adept with technology. I am also able to easily work with multiple students in one day since there is no commute time in between school locations. The PL platform lets me maximize my time for the benefit of more students. Can you tell us a little about how you…

Jessica K., M.A., CCC-SLP, joined the PresenceLearning team in 2011. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? Students are much more motivated to come to therapy because they see it as a new, fun, and exciting way to learn. Most of the time, my students feel like they are just playing games, when in fact they have been focusing on their speech/language goals the whole time!  Can you tell us a little about how you collaborate with teachers and other school staff members? I am always available via phone, text, email, etc. I like to check-in with my PSP (primary support person) at the school daily and also email the teachers whenever…

This month, we sat down with our Head of Clinical Standards and Outreach, Kristin Martinez, M.A. CCC-SLP, to learn more about how students with severe disabilities and impairments can benefit from teletherapy. During our interview, Kristin explains student candidacy and adaptive approaches to serving students with more severe impairments. What are some common misconceptions about student candidacy for teletherapy? One of the most common misconceptions about providing speech-language services via teletherapy is that this cannot be a successful service delivery model for students with more significant needs. At PresenceLearning, we have the benefit of a decade of experience providing online school-based services. Our students have progressed, met IEP goals, and graduated from services regardless of their primary disabilities or level of impairment. However, there are…

Jason M., M.A., CCC-SLP, has been a speech pathologist for 15 years. He attended Appalachian State University as an undergraduate and completed his Masters degree at South Carolina State University. Jason is currently working on his Doctorate in Education. Jason has been an SLP in the PL Care Network since 2016. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? The PresenceLearning Platform has provided me with the opportunity to help students in ways that I never before thought were possible. Using the online library allows me to access an almost infinite array of resources, activities, and materials to use with my students. Students love using technology and are enthusiastic to learn in a…

Karen M., CCC-SLP, is a lead clinician with PresenceLearning. Karen started working as an SLP in 1980. She was ripe for change and started researching teletherapy. After trying it out, she made the switch. Karen joined the PL Care Network in 2011 and in 2014, added the lead clinician role to her therapy work. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? The PL online platform has allowed me to group virtual school students working on social skills/pragmatics goals with students with similar goals who live in different parts of the state. I can group according to skill level instead of location. The same can be done for brick and mortar schools. Two…

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…

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