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Clinician Spotlight: Melanie M.

Melanie Mendelson, M.A., CCC-SLP, attended Pennsylvania State University for undergraduate work from 2010–2013. For graduate school, she attended Long Island University Post and spent her clinical fellowship  year working in Brooklyn, “commuting 2 hours a day in traffic.” From New York, she moved to Philadelphia where her fiance (now husband) was doing his residency for

PTSD and Trauma in Children

Millions of students across the U.S. started the 2020–2021 school year online instead of in-person with their teachers and peers. Education is meeting head-on one of the largest upheavals in decades. Research coming in from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March until today points to increasing levels of distress in children, teenagers, and

Coping Skills and Methods for Kids During Virtual Schooling

Students today return to school—whether fully online, onsite, or a hybrid model—with a host of new challenges to their mental health and well-being after several months of school closures triggered by COVID-19. Many are struggling to cope with difficult emotions including worry, fear, anger, and grief. Anxiety was on the rise in students before the

Clinician Spotlight: Alisson R.

Alisson R, CCC-SLP has been working as an SLP for six years. She joined the PL Care Network during the 2018–2019 school year.  How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways?I have more energy and enthusiasm. I loved working as an in-school therapist

Clinical Best Practices for Approaching Tele-Assessment During COVID-19

With extended school closures in place, schools nationwide are grappling with questions about conducting eligibility assessments.   Should assessment be attempted in the home environment? How can schools best continue serving students in need of evaluation for special education related services? Can needed evaluations be conducted remotely without compromising validity? Which assessments and circumstances are appropriate

April is Autism Awareness Month. Here’s How You Can Get Involved!

April is World Autism Month, dedicated to increasing 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.” The theme

PresenceLearning Helps Schools Shift to In-Home Delivery of Services During Closures

In the midst of expanding school closures across the country, school districts are being pressed  to transition rapidly from onsite to online learning and service delivery. Continuity is especially important for students who receive special education-related services. The Department of Education confirmed on March 13 that if a school continues to provide educational opportunities to

Clinician Spotlight: Leah W

Leah started working as an SLP in 2017, and started with PL in January, 2019. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? With the PL platform I am able to organize my therapy sessions and activities more efficiently, which allows for better-run

Clinician Spotlight: Lindsey T

Lindsey T., M.A, CCC-SLP, is speech-language pathologist, teletherapist, and parent of four children. She joined the PresenceLearning Care Network in 2015. We spoke with Lindsey about her experience working as a teletherapist. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? I have been

Clinician Spotlight: Natalie P.

Natalie has been working as an SLP for over 30 years. She joined PL in 2014 and is a lead clinician. How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? I think it helps serve the students better because the students are drawn in