Virtually Speaking: A Teletherapy Blog for Clinicians, by Clinicians – Page 2 – PresenceLearning

By Karin H. Koukeyan Working from home as a teletherapy provider provides a multitude of conveniences by allowing a flexible work schedule. However, there is an ongoing challenge faced by individuals who choose a work-from-home lifestyle. Balancing your professional life with your personal life continues to be an ongoing stressor for many. This obstacle can be easily overcome with a few simple organizational tips. By designating a dedicated workspace that is clutter-free, you can maximize your effectiveness as a teletherapist and make an even bigger impact in the lives of many students. Choose the ideal space. Of course, the best scenario would be to have a separate, dedicated room that is exclusively used as a home office. However, this option may not be realistic for the…

By Karin H. Koukeyan For the past couple of months, we’ve explored topics related to working with bilingual populations including how to determine when a bilingual evaluation is necessary and best practices for working with an interpreter. In this third and final installment, we will deep dive into specific tips on gathering information for an interpreter. These tips are applicable whether you are using an interpreter for an assessment, at an IEP meeting, or during a therapy session. Thoughtful planning prior to the session coupled with specific strategies during and after the session will ensure a successful experience in working with interpreters. Interpreting is a dynamic process and clear communication is key. Prior to the Session It is important to meet with the interpreter in advance…

By Karin H. Koukeyan As Speech-Language Pathologists, we work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. It is no surprise that the numbers of English Language Learners (ELL) is increasing all over the United States. During the course of our careers, we will encounter students who speak many different languages. Although one of the most common languages spoken by these bilingual students is likely to be Mandarin or Spanish, there are hundreds of languages being spoken. Despite the increasing number of speech-language pathologists who can provide bilingual services, it is unrealistic that there will be a match for every student. The second best option in those instances is to work with a trained language interpreter. However, if we are lucky enough to find an interpreter, most of…

By Karin H. Koukeyan “Joey” is a five-year old student with Down syndrome, who is nonverbal and primarily uses signing with some vocalizations to communicate. You are the teletherapist assigned to his school site and on the first day of therapy, the school staff voices major concerns about Joey participating in speech and language services via telepractice. They are particularly concerned about losing valuable time in his development to make a difference in his speech and language growth. How do you proceed? Telepractice continues to be a relatively new delivery mode for special education services. There is a growing body of evidence to support that telepractice services do make a significant impact in the lives of many individuals. Despite the research and data, there are…

By Karin H. Koukeyan The Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is an essential part of the special education experience for school professionals. It allows members of the entire team to come together and develop a plan that focuses on the individual student’s needs. But wait a minute, you say. I’m not an in-person service provider. I’m not physically in the school building like everyone else. How am I supposed to participate in this team process, let alone lead the meeting? Rest assured, our veteran online providers have put together a foolproof guide on leading a successful IEP meeting when you attend virtually. Arrange good connectivity. Whenever possible, arrange to attend the IEP meeting through videoconferencing, preferably on the same platform the student uses. Attending the call…

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