Free Webinar Explores Online Delivery for Occupational Therapy (OT) in Schools

Free Webinar Explores Online Delivery for Occupational Therapy (OT) in Schools

On February 5th PresenceLearning answers school leaders’ questions about a new way to expand access to OT services

SAN FRANCISCO, January 25, 2013 – To help school leaders learn about the use of web technology to improve access to occupational therapy (OT) services, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, February 5th at 1 pm ET (10 am PT).  Titled “Online Occupational Therapy: Really?!”, the webinar will explore the use of teletherapy to help meet the growing need for schools to provide clinical services such as OT for special needs students. To register for the webinar, visit

During the one-hour webinar, University of the Sciences professor and OT visionary Dr. Rondalyn Whitney and education and healthcare executive Michael Berthelette will moderate an interactive discussion that will include Rosemarie Helton, a licensed occupational therapist currently using teletherapy with dozens of K-12 students.

By attending the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand areas of need and trends for occupational therapy in K-12 schools
  • Receive an overview of current research about the effectiveness of online therapy
  • Learn about the technological and operational requirements for successful online OT
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of online OT based on real-world examples
  • Gain insight into the role and responsibilities of the special education administrator, the OT therapist, and teachers in relation to online OT

This webinar is the ninth in a series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, entitled “SPED Ahead: New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are re-thinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology services, are delivered.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s innovative online speech therapy has provided schools with web-based access to a nationwide network of highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and where ever they are needed. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic SLP shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, improve student outcomes and save money. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists.

During the 2012-13 school year, PresenceLearning will conduct more than 120,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.

About Dr. Rondalyn Whitney
Dr. Rondalyn Whitney is an assistant professor of occupation therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was previously the senior research coordinator at Kennedy Krieger Institute, where her work focused on social skills intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Whitney is the author of several books, including Bridging the Gap and A Writer’s Tool Kit. Throughout her career, the focus of her research has largely been related to family quality-of-life when raising a child with a disability. Dr. Whitney holds a PhD in international health sciences from Trident University, an MOT in occupational therapy from Samuel Merritt University, and a psychology from Marshall University.

About Michael Berthelette
Michael Berthelette is the Vice President of Community Outreach & Education and Occupational Therapy at Allied Health Media. He has more than 28 years of experience as an education and healthcare executive and occupational therapist. Prior to joining Allied Health Media, Berthelette was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of Progressus Therapy, where he worked for more than 12 years. He holds a M.S. in management from National Louis University and a B.S. in occupational therapy from Worcester State College.

 About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of over 300 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices. PresenceLearning delivers significant cost savings while improving student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online speech therapy.


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