Taking flight as an independent telepractitioner is easier than you might think. SLPs, OTs, and behavioral and mental health professionals are rising above traditional career constraints with telepractice, and PresenceLearning provides support every step of the way. Find out how you can get started in this infographic. Download a Copy

By Elizabeth Haas This is the first post in a three-part series on school-based occupational therapy for sensory integration issues. When I first started providing online occupational therapy (OT) services to students online several years ago, I thought it might be difficult to work on certain types of goals in an online environment, particularly those related to a student’s sensory integration needs. In the second and third posts in this series, I will share a case study about a student who opened my eyes in many regards, as well some specific ways occupational therapists work with students, families, and support teams on sensory integration. To kick off the series, however, let’s discuss what is meant by the term sensory integration. Simply put, sensory integration refers…

Every May, ASHA‘s Better Hearing & Speech Month raises awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing intervention. The 2017 theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection.” We couldn’t agree more – proper communication is the key to connection! It’s the foundational skill supporting children’s relationships with families, friends and educators; their learning in the classroom; and their ongoing success. Because of this, speech-language pathologists and audiologists play a CRUCIAL role in students’ lives. Their diligent evaluations and thoughtful intervention strategies can most certainly change a student’s life for the better. Our online clinicians work hard year-round, but we most certainly will share our thanks for them this month! How do you plan on showing your gratitude and spreading awareness? ASHA…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, California, Texas, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, Florida, and Pennsylvania in May. Stop by and say hello! WCASS Spring Conference  May 3 – 5 Madison, WI maaps Annual Conference May 5 Marlborough, MA JCCASAC State Conference  May 10 – 12 Lake Tahoe, CA ESC Region 6 Vendor Fair  May 17 Huntsville, TX NJASA/NJAPSA Spring Leadership Conference May 17 – 19 Atlantic City, NJ OAESD Conference May 18 – 20 Redmond, OR VCASE Spring Conference May 24 – 25 Virginia Beach, VA FLASHA Annual Convention  May 25 – 28 Lake Buena Vista, FL PAIU Conference  May 31 – June 2 Seven Springs, 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.

PresenceLearning often highlights how the online delivery of special education related services is a powerful tool for schools in hard-to-reach locations or in areas experiencing therapist shortages. Similar to telepractice for therapy services, telemedicine for basic health examinations and treatments are growing in popularity in rural locations, nursing homes, prisons and now schools. Stateline, published by The Pew Charitable Trusts, recently covered an instance at Ducketts Lane Elementary School in Elkridge, Maryland during which a student was having an asthma attack, but her parents had not yet signed a permission form allowing the nurse to administer medication. The student’s father was more than an hour away, but the student needed treatment immediately. This situation would typically require the school nurse to call an ambulance for the student; however, the school has a telemedicine program. The school nurse set up a live, online video conference with an emergency room pediatrician at a local hospital. The student had earlier permission from her parents to participate in the telemedicine program so a digital stethoscope allowed the remote pediatrician to listen to the girl’s lungs, confirm the asthma attack, and direct the school nurse to administer medication. Instead of spending hours at the hospital, the…

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.

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