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Clinician Spotlight: Jennifer W.

Introduction After majoring in psychology as an undergraduate, Jennifer W., shifted her focus from counseling to school psychology at the encouragement of an adviser for a graduate assistantship. She’s happy she made that decision. She started her teletherapy practice with PresenceLearning in February 2020 and she’s been doing assessments and counseling with students throughout the

American Rescue Plan: Funding Explained…for Schools and Students

May 12, 2021

A recent webinar featuring presenters from Whiteboard Advisors, The School District of Lee County in Florida, and PresenceLearning provided participants with an in-depth review of what the American Rescue Plan means for student learning, services, and well-being. Read on to learn more about this funding and how school districts can prepare for the benefits of it.

How States Can Open up Access to Teletherapy

May 7, 2021

Passing H.B. 1633, the Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Interstate Compact, is one way we can help expand access and ensure continuity of services for many of our children requiring speech language services. So far 10 states have signed the Compact. Read on as Kelly Wolfe, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Regulatory Compliance of PresenceLearning, sheds light on what this bill means and why it is crucial to a future where all students have access—equal access—to special education and related services in America.

Extended School Year: Creative Strategies Are a Must

May 7, 2021

Let’s face it: Educators are exhausted. Parents are exhausted. Parents who are also educators are particularly exhausted. Students are feeling it too. Extending the school year may not be for everyone right now. But there are reasons why it matters in summer 2021. Read these strategies for building an Extended School Year (ESY) program that will help encourage students to join in—and engage them too.

PresenceLearning with a Purpose: Autism Acceptance

April 29, 2021, By Molly Ortiz, Director of Marketing Background Today, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is said to affect 1 in 54 children in according to the Center for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, and is defined as “A developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges.” People

Teletherapy: The Year Behind and the Year Ahead

This month we asked Kristin Martinez, M.A., CCC-SLP, clinical director, SLP & O, at PresenceLearning, and Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, clinical director of psychoeducational services at PresenceLearning to reflect on teletherapy in the 2020–2021 school year and to look ahead to the 2021–2022 school year. Read on to hear their experiences with skeptics turned believers,

Optimizing Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs

April 26, 2021

In the wake of sudden school closures triggered by COVID-19, districts across the country struggled to adjust rapidly to keep students learning. Early in the pandemic, educators predicted that this crisis would have a profound impact on learning. Today the data is coming in—the pandemic has disrupted learning and widened gaps that may take years to overcome. But there is some good news. Remote learning has demonstrated a wide range of benefits for special education, and it may be a key piece of the puzzle in the future.

Remote Work as a Long Term Solution for Schools

April 26, 2021

To remain attractive as employers, school districts need to consider remote work solutions. The schools that embrace this approach are likely to be the ones that win the battle for employee retention. Read more from Kate Eberle Walker and Mike Lowers, in an article originally published in Getting Smart.

Clinician Spotlight: Kimbra K.

Kimbra K., MA,CCC-SLP, transitioned to teletherapy after a long career as an SLP in brick-and-mortar schools. A meeting with a woman who specialized in working with students with behavior problems and dogs was life-changing. Through this relationship, she discovered animals and kids with issues are a perfect match. Since then, Kimbra has integrated her many

PresenceLearning with a Purpose: Autism Acceptance

April 12, 2021

Sheila Spraggins, MS, CCC-SLP, reflects upon the person who inspires her every day. “I am Marc’s legacy,” she said of her younger cousin. “He lives on because I can help kids like him.” This story is dedicated to Marc and Autism Acceptance Month.