For Clinicians

Provider Spotlight: Theresa Boen., Ed.S.

Introduction I grew up in Colorado near where I live now. My parents actually live in the same house they bought when I was four!  I have three children, two biological children and a stepchild. They are all in their early 30s. I have four grandchildren. I left Colorado for a short period of time

Provider Spotlight: Jessica G., MA, LSSP

Introduction I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, I went to school at what was then named University of Texas—Pan American, or UT Pan Am. Now it is called the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I got my bachelor’s in psychology there and my Master’s in school psychology there

Three Predictions for Special Education

July 2, 2021, By Jenny Barker, Editorial Director Note: A reliable therapy platform (not videoconferencing) is key in a new and shifting world.  As the U.S. begins to rebuild from the pandemic, education is one area that may be forever changed. A rethinking of how we do school is underway, and some of the possibilities

How States Can Open up Access to Teletherapy

Background Prior to the pandemic, practitioner and clinician shortages—especially in rural and heavily populated school districts—left students without access to effective speech-language pathology, behavioral and mental health counseling, and occupational therapy. As of 2019, nearly 1 in 5 students—about 8 million children—did not have access to a counselor in their school. In recent years, more

Provider Spotlight: Sarah B., Ed.M., NCSP

Introduction I grew up in New Jersey and both my parents are educators. That sparked my interest in the field. I went to school in California at Pomona College, and I got my Psychology, Gender, and Women’s Studies degree. Then I attended Teachers College in New York at Columbia University and received a Master of

Provider Spotlight: Jennifer W.

Introduction Jennifer W., CAGS, NCSP, grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and went to graduate school at Northeastern University in Boston. She married and moved to Hawaii with her husband who was in the Navy. Jennifer worked in Hawaii for her internship year as a school

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,

Provider Spotlight: Kimbra K

Kimbra K. attended Cal State Fullerton and worked for Anaheim school districts for several years. She moved to Washington state seeking a different lifestyle with her husband and worked there for about 15 years. While living and working in Washington, she met a woman who specialized in working with students with behavior problems and dogs.

What is teletherapy?

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

Provider Spotlight: Sarah B.

Introduction Sarah B., M.S., CCC-SLP, has lived in St. Louis, Missouri her entire life. She attended Fontbonne University in St. Louis. Sarah has one 22-year-old who is now out of the home, and four children still at home, ages 14, 12, and 10-year-old twins. All four attended school last year but this year in the