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

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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