If you’re weighing the benefits and downsides of contracting with online therapy providers for supporting students in special education, here are some factors to consider, based on the recent experiences of several administrators whose school districts have used remote delivery to serve students.
Cheryl Hubbard-George, director of the Office of Exceptional Children in South Carolina’s rural Florence County School District 3, was struggling to find therapists to address the needs of her special education students. Hubbard-George searched exhaustively for specialized staff to provide services for the district’s 614 students in preschool through 12th grade with individualized education plans. She had no luck. “In a small, rural community, it’s much harder,” she says. Florence County, located in the center of South Carolina, has an enrollment of 3,350 students.
IMPROVING STUDENT ACCESS TO SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES VIA TELE-THERAPY : For years I have been watching the growth of an amazing service company to education, PresenceLearning , a company which has successfully worked with hundreds of thousands of children in school districts in certain fields of special ed. If you don’t know PresenceLearning, you should. Listen to Kristin Martinez, our guest today, their Head of Clinical Standards and Outreach.
Kristin Martinez and Teletherapy Discussion Part 3, Literacy and Dementia, Cameras in the Therapy Room, Reading Rates and Aphasia, and the Annie Glenn Award
Kate explains the history of screen-based therapy and related interventions and the growing role that organizations like PresenceLearning are playing in bridging access gaps to licensed professionals in underserved schools through live online delivery.