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Clinician Spotlight: Sarah B.

Introduction Sarah Brown, M.S., CCC-SLP, attended Fontbonne University in St. Louis where she has lived her entire life. An early adopter, Sarah has been a teletherapist with PresenceLearning for 10 years. We interviewed her about her work with students with autism for Autism Awareness Month. How has PL supported your work with students with autism?

Sharing a Different Point of View on Autism

April 1, 2021

D.J. Svoboda was diagnosed at the age of three with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with psychomotor retardation, which included speech delays and issues with his fine motor skills. Today D.J. is a dynamic, motivational public speaker, accomplished artist, and author with three books to his credit. Recently we sat down with D.J. to discuss Autism Awareness month and his greatest hopes for children living with autism—and for the world around them.

Rural America in Focus

March 2021

In rural America, the number of students requiring special education and related services—across every disability category—is rising. At the same time, inadequate state and local funding and a national shortage of related service providers is having a disproportionate effect on the nation’s most underserved students. This in-depth report presents the latest research from school districts in rural America, along with the challenges they face and a guide for how to open up opportunities for students with special needs.

Deploying a Trauma-Informed Approach: Use the 4 R’s

March 9, 2021

As school leaders and educators, being equipped to deal with heightened and varying degrees of behavioral and mental health challenges—feelings of isolation, anxiety, grief, and much more—among all of our students is currently as essential as ensuring their academic achievement.

One Year into the Pandemic: Embracing Teletherapy for the Future

March 8, 2021

With the one-year mark of school shutdowns approaching, we have a lot to reflect upon. This year, districts across the country demonstrated resilience and embraced digital solutions to ensure that students receive the continuity of care they so urgently need.

Compensatory Services Strategies in Three Steps

March 1, 2021

The impact of school closures upon students may well be an issue for years to come. For students with special needs, learning loss and regression due to a lack of services during the pandemic necessitate “compensatory services.” Three strategies are key for schools as they provide these services in the months ahead.

Clinician Spotlight: Kaitlin H.

Introduction  Kaitlin H., M.A., CCC-SLP, attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree and SUNY Buffalo for her graduate degree. What do you enjoy about being a provider with PL? I love being able to connect with therapists and students all over the US. I’ve been in Arkansas, Washington, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee. Currently,

Looking to June: Top 5 Priorities for Superintendents

February 9, 2021

This article is the first in a series, developed in partnership with Dr. Avossa, to help schools address pressing issues for their students now—and plan for ongoing uncertainty (and maybe even some opportunities) in the upcoming school year. Avossa is a former superintendent and founder of K-12 Leadership Matters, LLC.

Telepractice Today: Stephanie Taylor Discusses Tele-Assessment

February 5, 2021

Recently Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, clinical director of psychoeducational services at PresenceLearning, sat down with Teletherapy Today hosts, Kim Dutro Allen and Dr. K Todd Houston, to share her insights on the benefits of remote evaluations for students with special needs and suggested strategies for online providers.

Champion of Equity: Kate Eberle Walker

February 4, 2021

Equity & Access magazine, a publication of the American Consortium for Equity in Education, has named Kate Eberle Walker, CEO of PresenceLearning, as one of six Champions of Equity. The honor recognizes “standouts who are making a true impact for equity in our schools.”