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

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how educators can differentiate instruction in overcrowded, underfunded public schools with highly diverse classrooms. According to Dr. Tomlinson, it all starts with taking the first step. This really is the question of the universe. It really doesn’t matter where you are —what country, what kind of school. Everyone has the sense that so much is coming at them: too many kids, too many needs, too few dollars, too little time, and they just feel they can’t do it. Dr. Tomlinson recalled an educator from New York who had been teaching for 60 years. This educator had shared information about the complexity of schools in New York and the challenges…

In a recent 90-minute webinar with PresenceLearning, an audience member asked Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, an expert on differentiated instruction, how SLPs and other clinical professionals can best partner with teachers. Here’s what Dr. Tomlinson had to say about this common pain point faced by both clinical professionals and special education teachers. Tip 1: Choose Your Allies Clinicians all have numerous teachers with whom they need to work and on whom they need to make an impact. If you are not careful, you can find yourself running from one to the other all day long, and by the end of the day, you will hardly remember where you were because you couldn’t stay in anyone’s classroom for longer than 15 or 30 minutes. Think strategically about these teachers.…

Starting this month, we will list a selection of some of the most widely read and topical articles and resources that have come across our clinical radar. Reading for Understanding in ASD – A question and answer session with Dr. Shari Robertson on how to facilitate reading comprehension for students with autism. (The ASHA Leader) Make the Speech Referral Process Work for You – Practical ideas for streamlining the referral process and fostering better relationships with school staff. The growing demand for early childhood education – The importance of design in early learning centers. (Building Design + Construction) Clients Describe How Occupational Therapy Changed Their Lives in Video – People of different ages and with different disabilities describe what occupational therapy has meant to them. (AOTA) Scientists to Schools: Social, Emotional Development Crucial for Learning – 28 nationally recognized researchers released a statement on the link between social and emotional development to academics and an agenda for future research. Can Preschool Really Narrow Achievement Gaps? – A new study of over 12,000 students across 11 states found quality gaps in preschools between states as well as between preschools with low-income and minority populations compared to preschools with higher income, white populations. Multitasking Harms Recall—Music, Not So Much –…

Starting this month, we will list a selection of some of the most widely read and topical articles and resources that have come across our clinical radar. What was on your reading list this month? Please share your best below in the Comments. Intervention strategies evolve in K12: New approaches address social-emotional learning and anxiety as well as academic instruction – School districts have implemented RTI and PBIS for over a decade. Learnings over this period, combined with a better understanding of the neuroscience behind learning and new technology have led educators to further refine intervention strategies. This article outlines four new approaches to intervention. (From District Administration) Education Department Launches New IDEA Website – Based on feedback from educators, administrators, parents, service providers, and advocates, the US Department…

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is now the second leading cause of death among teenagers. A new report also shows that the suicide rate among girls is at its highest in 40 years. Many young people themselves feel they do not have access to the resources that can increase their ability to deal with stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Regardless of our role in a young person’s life – friend, parent, caregiver, sister, brother, relative, teacher, therapist – we need to be aware of the signs and risk factors for suicide, and be prepared to help. The National Institute of Mental Health and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention both provide resources for learning more. Familiarize yourself with the…

By Dara Rogoff, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL PresenceLearning provides speech and language services via an onsite/online service service delivery model. Together, as a team, onsite speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with selected students while online SLPs work with others. Determining how to split the workload depends on a number of factors that may include caseloads, existing resources, travel time, and the need for specialists. Some districts prefer to move their older students to online services to free up time for onsite SLPs to work with early childhood students, whereas others may tap online clinicians for their elementary students. In some districts, we work with charter school students and homebound students. Other districts may need online help for bilingual students or edge cases. In all of these scenarios,…

By Elizabeth Haas This is the third and final post in a three-part series on school-based occupational therapy for sensory integration issues. You can read part one here, where I provide an overview of sensory integration issues, and part two here, in which I describe working with a little girl and her mother. Working with a child who has sensory integration needs is not so very different online as it is onsite. As occupational therapists, we need to listen to school teams and parents to learn the types of inappropriate behaviors that are preventing a child from performing to their fullest ability in school. With this information in hand, we can then educate school staff and families on sensory integration and make suggestions on what…

By Elizabeth Haas This is the second post in a three-part series on school-based occupational therapy for sensory integration issues. You can read the first post here, where I provide an overview of sensory integration issues.  L. is a student who not only inspired me, but taught me that working online with children who have sensory integration needs is possible. When I met L., she was eight years old and in the third grade. When she started school in kindergarten, she attended a brick and mortar school, but she suffered so many traumatic experiences there that her parents switched her to a virtual school. L.’s needs were so severe and led to so many scary experiences for her and her family that she actually stopped…

By Elizabeth Haas This is the first post in a three-part series on school-based occupational therapy for sensory integration issues. When I first started providing online occupational therapy (OT) services to students online several years ago, I thought it might be difficult to work on certain types of goals in an online environment, particularly those related to a student’s sensory integration needs. In the second and third posts in this series, I will share a case study about a student who opened my eyes in many regards, as well some specific ways occupational therapists work with students, families, and support teams on sensory integration. To kick off the series, however, let’s discuss what is meant by the term sensory integration. Simply put, sensory integration refers…

Every May, ASHA‘s Better Hearing & Speech Month raises awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing intervention. The 2017 theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection.” We couldn’t agree more – proper communication is the key to connection! It’s the foundational skill supporting children’s relationships with families, friends and educators; their learning in the classroom; and their ongoing success. Because of this, speech-language pathologists and audiologists play a CRUCIAL role in students’ lives. Their diligent evaluations and thoughtful intervention strategies can most certainly change a student’s life for the better. Our online clinicians work hard year-round, but we most certainly will share our thanks for them this month! How do you plan on showing your gratitude and spreading awareness? ASHA…

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