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An Inside Look At How Teletherapy Works with the PresenceLearning Network

For Clinicians

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Recently we spoke with Kristin Martinez, M.A., CCC-SLP, to discuss how providers in the PresenceLearning network deliver therapy with the PresenceLearning platform, which is part of Therapy Essentials.

Can you tell us how providers in the PresenceLearning network utilize online therapy materials and share ideas?

Providers in the PresenceLearning network can upload any scanned or digital content for personal use in their individual therapy rooms. They can organize their content into queues within the therapy room in whatever manner makes the most sense for their planning. In addition to uploaded content (e.g., worksheets, game boards, books), providers have access to all the interactive tools that are part of the PresenceLearning platform, including whiteboard tools, animated rewards, and engaging memory and flash card activities.

We can’t discuss the PresenceLearning platform without mentioning our assessments. For any clinician providing therapy services online, completing evaluations in the PresenceLearning platform is the gold standard. Our platform was built not only to deliver therapy services, but also to complete full evaluations. Features such as integrated assessments, integrated second camera, instruction overlays, and tools to support non-verbal test responses are crucial to completing the full scope of evaluations. 

In addition to customizable therapy rooms, providers also have access to the greatest resource there is: the largest clinical network in the country….their fellow PresenceLearning clinicians. PresenceLearning offers a provider community forum called The Lounge, where PresenceLearning providers can interact with one another, ask questions for guidance, and post ideas for discussion. For example, in the Bright group in the Lounge, providers share some of their best therapy ideas using the activities and tools available in the PresenceLearning platform. Everyone in the PresenceLearning network has the opportunity to learn from the expertise and creativity of a community of hundreds of SLPs, OTs, and behavior and mental health specialists!

How can providers in the network incorporate interactive activities into their therapy sessions to keep kids engaged?

There are so many ways to keep students engaged when providing therapy through the PresenceLearning platform. Providers can upload videos for use either as therapy tools (there are some amazing social skills videos on YouTube!), or as quick rewards. The PresenceLearning platform also offers whiteboard tools that easily make any static activity, such as a worksheet, interactive. Expanding upon content already present in the platform, SiteShare allows many kid-safe websites to be shared during therapy sessions. And finally, PresenceLearning’s talented and creative product team has created interactive games such as memory and flash cards, both of which are completely customizable to fit the age, interest, and goal area of each student.

How do you ensure that students stay on task?

While the PresenceLearning platform is highly engaging, there will always be some students who are a bit more distractible, particularly if they are waiting for someone else to take a turn! We have a couple of tools that can help with this. First, providers have the ability to turn the student’s mouse on and off as needed, so if clicking is just too tempting for your student, it’s easy to control! Another great feature let’s providers manage students’ video feeds. Some students can be distracted by their own video window, while other students might become self-conscious seeing themselves on video. In either case, the provider can control the video feed to ensure it is a useful tool rather than a distraction.

If you’re considering making a transition to telepractice and are interested in joining the PresenceLearning network as an independent contractor, please fill out an application today!

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