Online Occupational Therapy (OT)

Innovative Technology Offers an Economical, Student-Centered Path Forward

When my nephews were little boys, my father dreamed of getting video phones so that his grandsons could get to know him from across the country. Separated by thousands of miles, they could only see each other a couple of times a year. Unfortunately, this technology was not readily available for the mass market in

The Practicalities and Benefits of Online Occupational Therapy (SPEDcast Recap)

Educators often have questions about online occupational therapy. Is it effective? What does it look like? How can you do it? It can be difficult to visualize how OT can work online. The simple fact is, occupational therapy is exactly the same online as it is onsite, and very little special technology or equipment is

Overview: How Does Online Occupational Therapy (OT) Work? (Part 2)

By Rosemarie Helton Now that we have covered the tools, materials and environments needed for online OT sessions, let’s talk briefly about an important factor that is needed for online OT to work and be successful; it is parent, student and team buy-in. For this type of service delivery to be successful, it is crucial

Overview: How Does Online Occupational Therapy (OT) Work? (Part 1)

By Rosemarie Helton I’m sure most of you are asking “How does online OT work?” and “What is required to do online therapy?” In this blog post, I will provide some basic information about what equipment, materials and environments that are needed to conduct an online OT session. To get started, the therapist and student

What is Online Therapy/Telepractice? More Specifically Online Occupational Therapy (OT)?

By Rosemarie Helton After working for more than 10 years in traditional occupational therapy settings (school district, hospital, outpatient clinics, etc), I was approached about working in a more non-traditional setting, online. I too was unsure at first what exactly that meant and how that could possibly work. After doing some research, watching a few

Webinar for Special Education Leaders Explores Blended Models for Delivering Speech and Occupational Therapy

PresenceLearning’s July 9th webinar features a Q&A session about the benefits of combining online and onsite therapy delivery methods SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2013 – Budget cuts and shortages of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) make it even more important for districts to make the most of their special education and related services

Q&A with Dr. Rondalyn Whitney on Online Occupational Therapy

To gear up for our next SPEDAhead webinar on online occupational therapy, I sat down with second-time presenter Dr. Rondalyn Whitney to discuss the latest innovation in delivering occupational therapy services to K-12 schools. Dr. Whitney is currently an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1. Why is it important for

Q&A with Robyn Chu on Online Occupational Therapy

Since our last webinar, online occupational has slowly been gaining momentum in the special education community. However, many are still hesitant about online occupational therapy and what it can provide to K-12 students. To address these concerns, I sat down for a brief Q&A with Robyn Chu, MOT, OTR/L, who will be one of two presenters

Autism Continues to Change as Individuals Affected Age

In a new study published in this month’s Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, researchers have discovered that autism affects the brain differently as individuals affected with the disorder age. According to Daniel Dickstein of Brown University and Bradley Hospital, who helped lead the study, ““We found that brain activity changes associated

President Obama, What About Tech-Focused Special Education?

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama called for schools across the U.S. to “create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.” President Obama said this new challenge is aimed “to redesign