Special Education

PresenceLearning Names the Winners of its Third Annual Awards of Excellence

Six education organizations recognized for outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, December 8, 2016 – PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live, online special education related services, is pleased to announce the six winners of its 3rd annual Awards of Excellence, recognizing leadership, teamwork, and outstanding student progress. The winners of the

PresenceLearning Releases New White Paper about Equivalence of Psychoeducational Assessments Administered Online and Onsite

White paper details equivalency study conducted by PresenceLearning and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt using the Woodcock-Johnson® IV assessment SAN FRANCISCO, November 21, 2016 – Making sure students are evaluated is a major responsibility for school districts, and is a key milestone in getting students the special education services they need. Chronic national shortages and other obstacles—including

Betsy Glover: Life Changing Care

Just as almost every student has that one teacher or clinician who made a difference, educators and clinicians also remember and share stories about those students who have touched them in some way. One of the best things about working at PresenceLearning is being able to hear from hundreds of SLPs, OTs, and mental health

Lisa George, School Psychologist, Shares Her Experience Getting Started with PresenceLearning

It’s always a pleasure to hear from our clinicians in the field. This month, Lisa George, a school psychologist working with students in Ohio, shares her onboarding experience and what she has liked the best so far about telepractice. Thank you, Lisa, for all that you do! Telehealth was new to me when I started with PresenceLearning, but

Addressing Therapist Shortages with Alternative Service Models

“I have a daughter with autism and she attends a public school in Manhattan. Every year it’s a real challenge finding related service providers so she can get an education in a neighborhood, community school setting. Specifically this year, there is a real chronic shortage of occupational therapists. I’m not sure how familiar you are

Dear Colleague: Your Obligations for Behavior Supports under IDEA

The 16-page Dear Colleague letter from the US Department of Education on August 1, 2016, served as a reminder that “Under the IDEA, the primary vehicle for providing FAPE is through an appropriately developed individualized education program (IEP) that is based on the individual needs of the child. … In the case of a child

Preventing Conflict During the IEP Process: Julie Weatherly, Esq.

Every quarter, CASE’s In CASE publication shares news with members about the organization, as well as important trends and topics in the special education field. In the July-August-September issue of In CASE, special education legal expert Julie Weatherly, Esq. wrote an article for the Legal Update section titled “Avoiding Adversarial Relationships with Parents of Students

Using AAC in the Virtual Classroom: Where Do I Start?

During the most recent Virtual Office Hours session for PresenceLearning clinicians, SLPs Jen Cravens and Delaney Zugelder described how to create Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) plans for students in need, and how they can be used during telepractice sessions. Below is a summary of the session. When working with students who are nonverbal, it’s

Top 10 SPED Videos of 2015

Video production is a non-stop effort from PresenceLearning, whether for recordings of our webinars, videos of schools, students, and families, or demos of our services. Since the beginning of the year, educators, families, and clinicians have watched our videos 53,291 times, nearly 10,000 hours of total viewing time! If you are up for some binge-watching over

Dear Colleague: Students with Autism May Need More than ABA

When it comes to determining which therapy services a student with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit from, specialists are quick to jump to applied behavior analysis (ABA). While some research supports ABA, there are other approaches to treatment like Dr. Barry Prizant’s Uniquely Human approach that help students as well. And what about other