Virtually Speaking: A Teletherapy Blog for Clinicians, by Clinicians – PresenceLearning

What articles have caught your attention lately? Here are a few that our team has been sharing: Invisible Girls – Why autism is often overlooked in girls. (ASHA Leader) Finding a Voice For a Child – An SLP discovers a calling working with AAC. (ASHA Leader) Who is in special education and who has access to related services? New evidence from the National Survey of Children’s Health – An in-depth look at special education demographics. (Brookings) After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, Second Edition – Resources for middle and high schools to address and prevent suicide. (NASP) What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? – BDD goes far beyond vanity and can lead to very serious implications. (Child Mind Institute)

Behavioral and mental health teletherapy has a long research history – over 50 years.  It originally started in the military as a way to provide services to deployed active duty members. Over time, its uses spread to other circumstances for adults and, eventually, children. Inherently, teletherapy makes sense for talk therapy – talking is talking regardless of it being in person, on the phone, or via video conferencing. Recently, teletherapy has been found effective, not only for counseling, but for traditional kinds of group therapies, skill building, and behavioral modification. Even though it seems like more in-depth types of services may not be as straightforward as talk therapy, they are often similar to onsite services.  Games and activities that are typically done onsite can be…

What articles have caught your attention lately? Here are a few that our team has been sharing: Remote Assessments Could Speed Autism Diagnosis – New research shows the feasibility of the remote diagnosis of autism. (Disability Scoop) Why Taking Away Recess Is a Counterproductive Punishment – Recess is an important part of learning. (ADDitude) New research into letter-spacing could help improve children’s reading – Increasing letter spacing can help people to read faster, but not due to visual processing. (Science Daily) Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks – Short breaks throughout the day help kids to focus and be more productive. (Edutopia) Students With Emotional Disabilities: Facts About This Vulnerable Population – Understanding and supporting students with mental health needs. (Education Week) Is technology impacting my child’s social and communications skills? – A look at how screen time…

Just as too much television was once a cause for concern for child development, overuse of technology on smartphones and tablets now worry parents, educators, and researchers. Hearing, vision, speech and language development, social communication skills, sleep, physical activity, and brain development can all be adversely impacted by too much screen time and overuse of earbuds or headphones. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting screen time for children between the ages of two and five to an hour of high-quality programing per day. It also important for children to have set times that are free of devices, such as during dinner or before bedtime, and for parents to model good habits for their kids. Screen time, however, can be an important and engaging part…

So much to read, so little time! Check out this month’s list of some of the more noteworthy articles we’ve come across. Poor sleep: A powerful — but often ignored — culprit in learning – A look at what both parents and educators can do about a child’s sleep issues, and how they can affect an IEP (Multibriefs) The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught – The disconnect between the way children are taught to read, and the way speech and language develops in the brain. (NPR) How to Keep Students with Disabilities Safe in Lockdowns, Evacuations, and Other School Crises – Learn about the Individual Emergency and Lockdown Plan, which is designed to blend seamlessly with a student’s IEP. (Friendship Circle) How to Motivate (Not…

We all know how a poor night’s sleep impacts us the next day: difficulty paying attention, crankiness, and brain fog are just some of the typical reactions we may feel. Children who suffer from sleep deficiency may also misbehave, have trouble reading emotions, and perform poorly in academics. And when a student also has special needs, sleep problems can impede the work of the critical interventions and therapy that helps students to succeed. Therefore, it is important for schools and parents alike to watch for signs of sleep deprivation, address the conditions that lead to poor sleep, and even potentially collaborate with a physician or psychologist to assess medical or psychological components of the problem. In a recent Multibriefs article, Howard Margolis suggests that parents…

So much to read, so little time! Check out this month’s list of some of the more noteworthy articles we’ve come across. Brain imaging predicts language learning in deaf children – A study between the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago developed an algorithm based on brain scans that predicts language ability in children who have received cochlear implants. (Medical Xpress) Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students – Recognizing improvement, creating opportunities for service learning, and tapping into strengths and interests are just a few ways to help children develop intrinsic motivation. (Edutopia) New Research Finds Animals May Help Kids On The Spectrum – While the research continues to grow on the efficacy and long term results of animal-assisted interventions, families continue…

Welcome to 2018! The year is already proving newsworthy in research, policy, interventions, and more. Here’s what’s been on our radar so far: Common pain reliever use during pregnancy linked to language delay in girls – A study by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that girls born to mothers with a high use of acetaminophen were nearly six times more likely to experience language delays than girls born to mothers with low or no use. (Science Daily) Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children and Adolescents, 2014-2016 – Three years of data show a stabilization in autism rates. (The JAMA Network) Telehealth Targets a Niche in Mental Health Care for Urban Youths – Pediatricians are now turning to telehealth for training and consultations…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how to get buy-in from teachers for differentiated instruction, especially among more seasoned teachers. See Dr. Tomlinson’s response below. You can get teacher buy-in in a lot of ways, just like you do with kids. Ask yourself how you get the most reluctant kids to join you. In a classroom, that’s with a relationship. It might not always be a cuddly relationship to start with, but it can at least be honest where you can say something like, “I know of three kids here who would really benefit if we could figure out a way together to do something a little bit different for them. Are…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member wondered whether special educators are used by gen ed teachers and administrators to avoid school-wide differentiation, and asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how they can become part of the solution. See Dr. Tomlinson’s response below. I love this question. You could substitute the notion of special education in there, or special programs for the gifted, or remedial settings for reading. The big question is, why don’t we just put all those kids in a room where they belong, and then we won’t have to worry about them. The thing we sense as a burden is taken away. Of course, everything in life depends on the lens through which you look at it. I…

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