Virtually Speaking : Clinician Blog

How an Online OT Works with School Staff and Families

By Elizabeth Haas This is the third and final post in a three-part series on school-based occupational therapy for sensory integration issues. You can read part one here, where I provide an overview of sensory integration issues, and part two here, in which I describe working with a little girl and her mother. Working with

Case Study: Online Occupational Therapy for a Child with Sensory Integration Needs

By Elizabeth Haas This is the second post in a three-part series on school-based occupational therapy for sensory integration issues. You can read the first post here, where I provide an overview of sensory integration issues.  L. is a student who not only inspired me, but taught me that working online with children who have

Understanding Sensory Integration Issues

By Elizabeth Haas This is the first post in a three-part series on school-based occupational therapy for sensory integration issues. When I first started providing online occupational therapy (OT) services to students online several years ago, I thought it might be difficult to work on certain types of goals in an online environment, particularly those

Celebrating Our SLPs in May

Every May, ASHA‘s Better Hearing & Speech Month raises awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing intervention. The 2017 theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection.” We couldn’t agree more – proper communication is the key to connection! It’s the foundational skill supporting children’s relationships with families, friends and educators;

Spotlight on Telehealth with SLP Jennifer Kenney

SeekFreaks is a new online resource for clinicians covering topics related to school-based practice, and was started by Carlo Vialu, who formerly oversaw physical therapy services for the New York City Department of Education, and Dr. Laurie Ray, an Associate Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.  In a recent interview with Jen Kenney, a CCC-SLP with PresenceLearning who has practiced

6 Tips for Working Online

Working from home as a school-based online SLP, OT, or mental health professional has many benefits as well as its own unique challenges. According to a recent survey of PresenceLearning clinicians, working from home and setting one’s own schedule were some of the top reasons for making a career shift to teletherapy. Once clinicians begin their

5 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office for Teletherapy

By Karin H. Koukeyan, CCC-SLP Working from home as a teletherapy provider provides a multitude of conveniences by allowing a flexible work schedule. However, there is an ongoing challenge faced by individuals who choose a work-from-home lifestyle. Balancing your professional life with your personal life continues to be an ongoing stressor for many. This obstacle

English Language Learner Issues Part 3: Tips for Gathering Information with an Interpreter

By Karin H. Koukeyan For the past couple of months, we’ve explored topics related to working with bilingual populations including how to determine when a bilingual evaluation is necessary and best practices for working with an interpreter. In this third and final installment, we will deep dive into specific tips on gathering information for an interpreter.

English Language Learner Issues Part 2: Best Practices for SLPs Working with Interpreters

By Karin H. Koukeyan As Speech-Language Pathologists, we work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. It is no surprise that the numbers of English Language Learners (ELL) is increasing all over the United States. During the course of our careers, we will encounter students who speak many different languages. Although one of the most common languages

Determining Who’s Appropriate for Telepractice: Working with Kids with Cognitive Impairments

By Karin H. Koukeyan “Joey” is a five-year old student with Down syndrome, who is nonverbal and primarily uses signing with some vocalizations to communicate. You are the teletherapist assigned to his school site and on the first day of therapy, the school staff voices major concerns about Joey participating in speech and language services