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Clinician Spotlight: Lynn W.

School psychologist Lynn W. attended the University of South Florida in Tampa where she received her BA in Psychology, and her MA and EdS in School Psychology. She started practicing as a school psychologist in 1992, and began working virtually in 2012, transitioning to teletherapy with PresenceLearning in 2015.  Can you give us some fun

Tips for Parents Supporting Speech Therapy at Home

As schools continue in hybrid and remote models, parents and caregivers of students with special needs have often been serving in a primary support role to help deliver their child’s services. While there are some initial and ongoing challenges for families to navigate…

Supporting Teletherapy at Home: Empowering Parents as Partners

As schools across the country continue in fully remote or hybrid models during the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and caregivers are often serving in a range of essential roles when it comes to supporting school at home, including providing support for special education related services…

PresenceLearning Partners with the Council of Administrators of Special Education to Further Support Teletherapy in the School Setting

Partnership to support CASE’s mission to impact the quality of special education by providing its members with access to PresenceLearning’s industry leadership and clinical expertise through exclusive programming and events NEW YORK, September 29, 2020 – PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, today announced a new partnership

Clinician Spotlight: Melanie M.

Melanie Mendelson, M.A., CCC-SLP, attended Pennsylvania State University for undergraduate work from 2010–2013. For graduate school, she attended Long Island University Post and spent her clinical fellowship  year working in Brooklyn, “commuting 2 hours a day in traffic.” From New York, she moved to Philadelphia where her fiance (now husband) was doing his residency for

Trauma in Children

Millions of students across the U.S. started the 2020–2021 school year online instead of in-person with their teachers and peers. Education is meeting head-on one of the largest upheavals in decades. Research coming in from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March until today points to increasing levels of distress in children, teenagers, and

Coping Skills and Methods for Kids During Virtual Schooling

Students today return to school—whether fully online, onsite, or a hybrid model—with a host of new challenges to their mental health and well-being after several months of school closures triggered by COVID-19. Many are struggling to cope with difficult emotions including worry, fear, anger, and grief. Anxiety was on the rise in students before the

Clinician Spotlight: Alisson R.

Alisson R, CCC-SLP has been working as an SLP for six years. She joined the PL Care Network during the 2018–2019 school year.  How has the PL online platform enabled you to help your students and the schools you serve in new ways?I have more energy and enthusiasm. I loved working as an in-school therapist

Clinical Best Practices for Approaching Tele-Assessment During COVID-19

With extended school closures in place, schools nationwide are grappling with questions about conducting eligibility assessments.   Should assessment be attempted in the home environment? How can schools best continue serving students in need of evaluation for special education related services? Can needed evaluations be conducted remotely without compromising validity? Which assessments and circumstances are appropriate

April is Autism Awareness Month. Here’s How You Can Get Involved!

April is World Autism Month, dedicated to increasing awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, launched the observance month to “promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.” The theme