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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
Teletherapy is the delivery of a wide range of therapy services using telecommunications technology to connect clinicians to clients. Typically, teletherapy utilizes webcams, audio headsets, and videoconferencing software to facilitate synchronous interaction between clinicians and clients. Leading professional organizations such as ASHA, AOTA, and the APA recognize teletherapy as an appropriate model for service delivery