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Michelle Brownlee is School Partnership Director with PresenceLearning. Michelle started her career with PresenceLearning as a contracted speech-language pathologist in 2012 when she was living in Japan. Michelle explains how she made the transition from contractor to employee and offers advice to those looking to advance their career with PresenceLearning. Can you tell me a little about your background and how you came to work for PresenceLearning? I have been a licensed Speech Language Pathologist since 1991. For several years, I lived in Japan.  Although I speak some Japanese and was employed part-time teaching English, I was unable to work as an SLP.   The year prior to my big move back to the United States, I decided to take a look at what opportunities were available…

What articles have caught your attention lately? Here are a few that our team has been sharing: Remote Assessments Could Speed Autism Diagnosis – New research shows the feasibility of the remote diagnosis of autism. (Disability Scoop) Why Taking Away Recess Is a Counterproductive Punishment – Recess is an important part of learning. (ADDitude) New research into letter-spacing could help improve children’s reading – Increasing letter spacing can help people to read faster, but not due to visual processing. (Science Daily) Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks – Short breaks throughout the day help kids to focus and be more productive. (Edutopia) Students With Emotional Disabilities: Facts About This Vulnerable Population – Understanding and supporting students with mental health needs. (Education Week) Is technology impacting my child’s social and communications skills? – A look at how screen time…

Just as too much television was once a cause for concern for child development, overuse of technology on smartphones and tablets now worry parents, educators, and researchers. Hearing, vision, speech and language development, social communication skills, sleep, physical activity, and brain development can all be adversely impacted by too much screen time and overuse of earbuds or headphones. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time for children between the ages of two and five to an hour of high-quality programing per day. It also important for children to have set times that are free of devices, such as during dinner or before bedtime, and for parents to model good habits for their kids. Screen time, however, can be an important and engaging part…

A recent CASE survey* found special education leaders lose the most sleep over personnel issues compared to other job stressors. Hiring special education teachers and related services staff can certainly be hard, especially in areas experiencing acute shortages of experienced professionals. So how can you retain the great staff you have? The cost of rehiring and retraining can be a costly cycle, so it’s important to consider what leads people to change jobs, or even leave education altogether. According to ASHA’s Schools Survey Report: SLP Workforce and Work Conditions Trends 2000 – 2016, speech-language pathologists report three main sources of stress: Paperwork High workloads/caseloads Insufficient time to collaborate This information matches PresenceLearning’s own surveys of the factors that make clinical professionals burn out of their…

World Autism Day is Monday, April 2, 2018, 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 summary of…

So much to read, so little time! Check out this month’s list of some of the more noteworthy articles we’ve come across. Poor sleep: A powerful — but often ignored — culprit in learning – A look at what both parents and educators can do about a child’s sleep issues, and how they can affect an IEP (Multibriefs) The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught – The disconnect between the way children are taught to read, and the way speech and language develops in the brain. (NPR) How to Keep Students with Disabilities Safe in Lockdowns, Evacuations, and Other School Crises – Learn about the Individual Emergency and Lockdown Plan, which is designed to blend seamlessly with a student’s IEP. (Friendship Circle) How to Motivate (Not…

We all know how a poor night’s sleep impacts us the next day: difficulty paying attention, crankiness, and brain fog are just some of the typical reactions we may feel. Children who suffer from sleep deficiency may also misbehave, have trouble reading emotions, and perform poorly in academics. And when a student also has special needs, sleep problems can impede the work of the critical interventions and therapy that helps students to succeed. Therefore, it is important for schools and parents alike to watch for signs of sleep deprivation, address the conditions that lead to poor sleep, and even potentially collaborate with a physician or psychologist to assess medical or psychological components of the problem. In a recent Multibriefs article, Howard Margolis suggests that parents…

So much to read, so little time! Check out this month’s list of some of the more noteworthy articles we’ve come across. Brain imaging predicts language learning in deaf children – A study between the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago developed an algorithm based on brain scans that predicts language ability in children who have received cochlear implants. (Medical Xpress) Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students – Recognizing improvement, creating opportunities for service learning, and tapping into strengths and interests are just a few ways to help children develop intrinsic motivation. (Edutopia) New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids On The Spectrum – While the research continues to grow on the efficacy and long term results of animal-assisted interventions, families continue…

Hiring and retaining staff can often feel like being stuck on a hamster wheel. You hire a clinician and before you can even feel relief that all your students are being served, another clinician leaves for maternity leave, or someone else resigns after months of absorbing the excess workload. Before you know it, you are taking another spin on the wheel, posting a job description, contacting agencies, and hoping that a qualified candidate will come through the door. While you are frantically trying to hire a new SLP, OT, social worker, or school psychologist, your students are regressing. Many directors say that the shortage of qualified clinicians in their area exacerbates the hiring challenges. In extreme cases, we’ve heard of open positions that went without…

Welcome to 2018! The year is already proving newsworthy in research, policy, interventions, and more. Here’s what’s been on our radar so far: Common pain reliever use during pregnancy linked to language delay in girls – A study by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that girls born to mothers with a high use of acetaminophen were nearly six times more likely to experience language delays than girls born to mothers with low or no use. (Science Daily) Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children and Adolescents, 2014-2016 – Three years of data show a stabilization in autism rates. (The JAMA Network) Telehealth Targets a Niche in Mental Health Care for Urban Youths – Pediatricians are now turning to telehealth for training and consultations…

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