Our Great Clinicians – PresenceLearning

Erin O’Connell, an online school psychologist with PresenceLearning, and her family are currently living on the Naval Air Facility Atsugi (NAF Atsugi) in Japan where her husband is stationed. Despite being more than 5,000 miles away from her students, Erin is able to continue her professional career via teletherapy and, importantly, help students succeed. Preparing to Move Erin originally began working as a school psychologist in Florida, but she knew her family would be moving frequently and that she would need to expand her career and certification to other states. In preparation, Erin became a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).  Later, when she worked in Maryland, she was allowed to practice part-time without expanding her state certification, but when a subsequent move brought the O’Connells…

Many clinicians turn to teletherapy due to life changes: some need time to care for children or family members, some are looking for more freedom, and some move frequently due to a spouse in the military. Brittney Franklin, an occupational therapist, got involved with teletherapy when she and her husband decided to move from a city on Lake Superior to a city on the Atlantic coast. She is now in her fourth school year with PresenceLearning, and we are thrilled to have her as part of our network. Brittney, thank you for all that you do for your students! Q. Why did you decide to try your hand at online therapy with PresenceLearning? A. My husband and I took a life adventure. We moved from Duluth,…

Changing gears from being a school-based SLP to starting a private practice can be a big change, especially when your new practice is online. PresenceLearning has a wide range of ways to support independent telepractitioners including an assigned onboarding specialist, technical support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities. However, moving to the online world does mean learning new technology and finding the most effective way to communicate with school staff, parents, and peers from hundreds of miles away. Janet Courtney, an SLP who has contracted with PresenceLearning as an SLP for five years, shares her insights on what it takes to be successful in telepractice and what she likes most about working online. Janet, it is great to have you in our network, and thank you for all…

Becoming an independent telepractitioner can be surprising. If you’ve never provided speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, or mental health services online, you may be surprised by its effectiveness, despite having read the research. You might be surprised to be “virtually” surrounded by hundreds of other clinicians. And you might be surprised by how well you can still connect with students. Corinne Nordin, who has been working as an independent contractor SLP with PresenceLearning since 2013, discussed some of these revelations in a recent interview. Corinne, we are so happy to have you on the team, and thank you for all that you do! Q: Let’s start off with one of my favorite questions. SLPs have the opportunity to work with so many kids over their careers. Can…

Just as almost every student has that one teacher or clinician who made a difference, educators and clinicians also remember and share stories about those students who have touched them in some way. One of the best things about working at PresenceLearning is being able to hear from hundreds of SLPs, OTs, and mental health professionals from around the country tell these special stories. Recently, SLP Betsy Glover told us about a former student, and it was one of those moments that reminded us all over again why we are so passionate about what we do at PresenceLearning, whether as a clinician, an engineer, a business person, or someone supporting schools and clinicians in the field. Betsy’s story is too good not to share, so…

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