Online OT Assessments and Therapy Services Help 23% of Students Served Achieve Their Goals – PresenceLearning

The Challenge

The district needed a cost-effective way to deliver occupational therapy (OT) to its students with special needs

The Solution

The district partnered with PresenceLearning in the 2016-17 school year to deliver online OT services to 35 students in grades K-10

The Results

In addition to providing ongoing OT services, PresenceLearning also performs occupational therapy assessments, helping to ensure that students who need therapy services receive them, and that students who have achieved their goals are able to exit OT services in an efficient manner. As a result, only 27 students need OT services this school year

From the very start, our online occupational therapist from PresenceLearning did a terrific job of assessing our students’ needs and determining the best plan moving forward to help them succeed.

Sherri Coats, M.Ed., director of special services at Byng Public Schools

The Story

Of Byng Public Schools

Byng Public Schools turned to PresenceLearning in the 2016-17 school year as a cost-effective way to provide OT to its students with special needs. In the initial year, PresenceLearning, with the assistance of the district’s on-site paraprofessionals, delivered services to 35 students in grades K-10 via its secure, interactive video platform. In addition to providing ongoing OT services, PresenceLearning helped properly assess students and, in some cases, dismiss them completely from OT. As a result, only 27 students are in need of OT services this school year.
Occupational therapists from PresenceLearning have engaged students online, particularly those with autism, and helped improve carryover to the classroom. The district’s partnership and collaboration resulted in Byng Public Schools being named a winner of PresenceLearning’s 4th annual Awards of Excellence.

Our students with autism, who sometimes have difficulty connecting directly with people, have been benefitting from – and participating more – using PresenceLearning

Sherri Coats, M.Ed., director of special services at Byng Public Schools

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