Speech Therapy Telepractice Archives - PresenceLearning

  Hollie F., CCC-SLP, graduated with her speech language pathology degree from Missouri State University and has been a practicing SLP for 12 years. We interviewed her to understand how she collaborates with the school partners she supports: How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways? The PL platform has enabled me to increase students’ success toward goal mastery by providing essential assessment and treatment materials at my fingertips. The ability to document goal progress during the session is priceless. My productivity is maximized and my time can be spent focusing on face to face interactions with the students. Can you tell us a little about how you collaborate with teachers and other…

Trisha Ray, CCC-SLP, first became an SLP in 2010 and held several different positions before becoming a teletherapist. She worked in an autism-based school for 4 or 5 years and she did some outpatient therapy as well—all pediatrics. Trisha got her BA in elementary education and right after college started substitute teaching. She hated it. She wanted a full time teaching job but was having a lot of trouble because the market was really saturated. While subbing, she met an SLP and realized that was a great fit for her—it would let her differentiate herself in a crowded market, and she could work one-on-one with students—so she went back to school to do the required supplementary coursework and went on to grad school to become…

Barbara Jones, M.S., CCC-SLP, grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. She went to college in Texas where she met her husband. They lived in Texas for 9 years after graduate school and then moved to Arkansas where they’ve lived ever since. About her home state, Barbara told us, “Arkansas is a well kept secret. It’s really a beautiful place and not too big and not too busy. It’s just about right.” What do you and your husband do outside of work? We have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Outside of work I spend a lot time doing volunteer work. I work a lot with Young Life, an outreach organization to adolescents. So sometimes I’m spending my outside time with college kids—that’s the area of…

Jason Maloney, M.A., CCC-SLP, has been a speech pathologist for 15 years. He attended Appalachian State University as an undergraduate and completed his Masters degree at South Carolina State University. Jason is currently working on his Doctorate in Education at Liberty University. He lives in western North Carolina with his wife and three-year-old daughter. Introduction: I was a speech teacher in the public schools for several years. That’s where I met my wife. She was the art teacher in the same little elementary school. We’ve been married for 16 years now. Our little daughter is turning three this summer. I’m a lifelong learner. I love learning. I just finished my North Carolina beekeeping certification class. I’ve become an official North Carolina beekeeper. I’m excited about…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Hinsdale School District in Hinsdale, NH as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Hinsdale School District, located in southwest New Hampshire, serves 600 students in grades PreK-12. The district first partnered with PresenceLearning during the 2014-2015 school year when a part-time speech-language pathologist (SLP) it shared with a neighboring district went on maternity leave. While originally planning on using PresenceLearning for only six weeks, the district saw initial success and decided to continue using PresenceLearning’s services when its shared SLP returned from maternity leave. Today the online SLP from PresenceLearning provides ongoing therapy for 20 students, conducts evaluations and reevaluations, and participates in IEP meetings. “Our case managers, teachers and even parents have an open line of communication with our online SLP,” said Julie Fenrich, director of special services and middle/high school…

Schools can access nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified clinicians to deliver timely, online clinical services to children ages 0-5 SAN FRANCISCO, November 1, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently launched online early childhood services to expand the ability of schools and districts to deliver early childhood interventions and services to children ages 0-5. With PresenceLearning, school systems and education organizations can access a nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified clinicians – including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals – to help deliver these timely services to young learners and to consult with their families and caregivers. “Preschool children with special needs are some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens. Early intervention with individualized therapy services from experienced professionals helps mitigate future academic and social risk. PresenceLearning offers ready access to licensed clinical professionals, helping districts, counties, and states meet their obligation to these students,” said Clay Whitehead, CEO and co-founder of PresenceLearning. “Our clinicians work collaboratively with parents and schools throughout the therapy process while helping children develop the foundational skills they need for success throughout their lives.” During the online sessions, children…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, October 31, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Yuma Elementary School District One in Yuma, AZ as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Yuma Elementary School District One, which provides special education services to more than 1,000 students, first partnered with PresenceLearning in spring 2016 to cover an unexpected mid-year staffing vacancy for occupational therapy. The district needed a fully credentialed occupational therapist to work with on-the-ground certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) in providing day-to-day therapy to students. “We were in a bind – we needed to quickly fill the vacancy and provide our assistants with required supervision, but were unable to find an on-site occupational therapist,” said Shannon Rouff, M.Ed, Director of Exceptional Student Services at Yuma Elementary School District One. “PresenceLearning came in and provided a viable solution that helped our assistants and students alike. As such, our…

Schools can now collect reimbursement funds for implementing online speech-language therapy services, like those provided by PresenceLearning SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, 2017 – Just in time for the 2017-18 school year, New Jersey has decided to allow schools and districts across New Jersey to request Medicaid reimbursement for their use of online speech-language therapy services like those provided by PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers. These reimbursed funds are crucial to schools and districts who can apply the funds to a variety of programming, including afterschool programs, early education initiatives, school climate and behavior initiatives and more. “New Jersey just notched up a big win in terms of making sure all children have access to the therapy services they need,” said Clay Whitehead, co-Founder and CEO of PresenceLearning. “This change will get therapy to the kids that need it. It also makes sure that the schools and families can choose the type of service that is best for each kid–online or offline–based on individual circumstances rather than reimbursement regulations. New Jersey is taking an important and impactful step in joining dozens of other states in recognizing that teletherapy is a standard and valuable…

Telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers recognized in Best Solution for Special Needs Students category SAN FRANCISCO, July 5, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, was named a 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards finalist. It was recognized in the Best Solution for Special Needs Students category, which honors the best application specifically designed to benefit students with unique educational needs, including those with physical or learning disabilities, those on the autism spectrum, or those who are gifted and talented in the PreK-12 or higher education markets. “With this honor, we are glad to see SIIA shine a spotlight on how teletherapy is helping special needs students and those who serve them,” said Clay…

PresenceLearning names six winners in its annual Award of Excellence SAN FRANCISCO, January 9, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related services providers, recently named Easterseals Academy in Rockford, IL as a winner of its 3rd annual Award of Excellence. The award program recognized six educational organizations from across the country for their leadership, teamwork, and outstanding progress in helping students with special needs succeed. Easterseals Academy, which has three locations in Illinois, provides alternative school placement for students ages 3 to 21 to help empower them to achieve peak academic performance, increase social and vocational skills, develop an effective means of communication, and foster the acquisition of functional life skills for living independently in the community. School districts contract with Easterseals Academy to provide year-round educational programs – including speech-language and occupational therapy, among others – for students with an emotional disability, developmental delay, intellectual disability, or who are on the autism spectrum. “Speech and occupational therapy are two of the critical services we provide to our students; however, we were having extreme difficulty in finding qualified therapists locally who weren’t already overbooked and overworked,” said Kelly Anne Ohde, Director of Communications for…

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