Online Occupational Therapy for Students – PresenceLearning

Why PresenceLearning?

PresenceLearning online occupational therapists have successfully serviced thousands of pre-K through 12th grade students with their school-based goals. Our national network of credentialed OTs is available live and online to serve your students one-on-one, in small groups, or with full classroom instruction using the many of the same activities online as they would use in person.

Our therapists provide direct and consultative student services, conduct evaluations, and attend team meetings. A growing body of research supports the efficacy of online OT, and it is supported by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

What Is Online OT?

Online occupational therapy enables your school district or education agency to:

  • Expand clinical capacity via access to a large network of appropriately credentialed occupational therapists, including specialists and culturally and linguistically diverse OTs
  • Comply with IDEA mandate for Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • Improve staff schedules and efficiency by scheduling times that work for everyone
  • Save time and budget: Eliminate costs and hassles to recruit, screen, contract, train, and manage OTs, pay transportation expenses, or find replacements when clinicians are absent, on leave or no longer with the district
  • Gain insight via online progress monitoring of IEP/504 goals

How does online occupational therapy work?

The majority of school-based OT falls into four categories—all of which can be successfully treated by our online therapists. These categories include:

  • Sensory integration
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Visual motor skills
  • School-related self-care skills

The platform includes a full suite of tools, including an interactive whiteboard, fun games, goal-based worksheets, and much more. Online OT can take place in a variety of school settings provided that there is:

  • An Internet-connected computer with speakers or headphones
  • An externally-mounted, adjustable webcam (a second webcam is optional, and enhances the service)
  • Typical OT session materials, including writing tools, scissors, paper, putty, beads, coins, zippers, shoelaces, and more
  • An onsite support person who assembles necessary materials requested by the OT and supports the therapist before and during sessions
  • Space for the student(s) to move around, as needed, and be seen fully by the camera(s)

Which OT evaluations can we conduct online?

Our online therapists perform evaluations using a combination of the following assessments and techniques:

  • Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (Beery VMI)
  • Motor-Free Visual Perception Test – Fourth Edition (MVPT-4)
  • Sensory Profile 2
  • Sensory Processing Measure
  • School Function Assessment
  • Thorough clinical observation of school-related skills
  • Parent, teacher, and student interviews


What does research say?

Research shows that online occupational therapy produces comparable outcomes related to treatment planning, intervention and client satisfaction.

What do school leaders say?

THIS REPORT IS BEAUTIFUL. It is by far the most user friendly and easy to understand OT report I have ever seen in over two decades of work in special education!

A special education director at an ESA in Washington state

Your OT has really brought our son out of his shell. Where others failed for 2 years in person at brick and mortar schools, she came through a computer and engaged my son. He really loves and respects her. Class with her is a reward. He really enjoys it! She has touched our whole family.

Virtual school parent

Your OT is an amazing occupational therapist that has changed both of my sons’ lives.

Parent of an OT student
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© 2018. All Rights Reserved. | PresenceLearning makes live, online special education related services available to K-12 students around the country — and world. As the leader in the delivery of clinical services via the web, PresenceLearning has provided over one million sessions of speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions and mental health services, assessments, and early childhood services.