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.
In this first segment of a four-part article series, Kristin Martinez Head of Clinical Standards & Outreach at PresenceLearning will discuss what needs to be considered and provided on both the student and therapist side to ensure the best possible experience for students, schools, and clinicians.
Every parent feels the pull in multiple directions and the inadequacy of not being able to do as much as you want to. I’ve tried to focus on quality over quantity, to make the most of the time. The most conscious things I’ve had to do to make this work are 1) establishing times for looking at my phone and reading/responding to messages, so that I can then put it aside when I’m spending time with the kids. I turn off notifications during the times when I need to be focused. 2) prioritizing time for myself too — it doesn’t work to give everything you have to work and family and not keep any time for just yourself. I am a much more present parent when I’ve also allowed myself some time each day just for me, whether to read, get a drink with a friend, or go for a workout. 3) finding things that we like to do together.
Leading provider of live online special education-related services surpasses two million therapy sessions delivered and celebrates 10 years serving K-12 students NEW YORK, August 19, 2019 – PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, has now delivered more than two million therapy sessions. This milestone comes as the company celebrates its 10-year anniversary during which it has partnered with hundreds of schools and districts nationwide to help them increase their impact and serve more students with special needs. “Our school partners, like us, want to maximize the potential of students with special needs by ensuring that they receive all required support services. By working with PresenceLearning to deliver therapy sessions and support their onsite special education departments, they…
PresenceLearning’s online early childhood services expand the ability of schools and districts to deliver services and interventions to children under the age of 5. SLPs, OTs, and behavioral and mental health professionals work with children online and consult with families and caregivers.
Hinsdale School District in Hinsdale, NH, first contracted with PresenceLearning for online speech therapy services for a 6 week engagement in 2014. The district has worked with PresenceLearning ever since. Julie Fenrich, director of special services and middle/high school special education coordinator at Hinsdale, describes seamless cooperation during the initial setup and positive interactions with the online SLP assigned to the district.
Moses Lake School District in Washington was a recipient of PresenceLearning’s annual Award of Excellence for the 2016-2017 school year for outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. 27 students in elementary and middle school receive live, online occupational therapy from PresenceLearning.
Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona received the PresenceLearning Award of Excellence for the 2016-2017 school year for its stellar leadership and partnership in helping students with special needs succeed through the use of live, online speech and occupational therapy. Approximately 120 students in grades K-8 receive these services from PresenceLearning.
Dr. Lori Desautels, expert on neuroscience, trauma, and special education, and presenter on PresenceLearning’s SPED Ahead webinar forum for special education leaders and clinicians was interviewed by PresenceLearning co-founder and CEO Clay Whitehead. The two discussed neuroscience, the importance of teaching students about their brains, and stress reduction techniques.
There is a shortage of qualified school-based speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and mental health professionals in many states. Telepractice helps alleviate these shortages by making these clinicians available online in areas that may otherwise struggle to be served. The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed an amendment to Senate Bill 195 enabling schools be be reimbursed by Medicaid for these services provided via telepractice, which were previously reimbursable in Tennessee only in managed care organizations and school-based health clinics.