By: Tricia Kernan, MOTR/L

As an Occupational Therapist (OT) who provides assessments and interventions to children via telepractice, I get a lot of questions regarding how I can accomplish this with students who have a sensory processing disorder. When parents and teachers report student concerns such as: “squirming in their seat, squealing, flapping, being aggressive, wiggling and decreased focus”, the task becomes to differentiate between attention, behavior, and sensory needs.  OTs can address these concerns through teletherapy so that these students can succeed both academically and in their daily life skills. 

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Facilitator

There are a diverse number of special education services that can be provided via telepractice, including those for students who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH). In order to provide services via telepractice a facilitator on the student’s side is essential. The facilitator will create the learning environment and support the teacher with any tasks needed. Finding and training the right facilitator for these students to support DHH teletherapy sessions can be challenging, but Teachers for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing can facilitate this process. The school district will determine which staff members would be available to facilitate a DHH session. Facilitators may be interpreters, paraprofessionals, special education teachers, or administrators. DHH teachers can provide guidance when selecting and training facilitators to enable students to fully access the lessons and be successful in their teletherapy sessions.

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Preschooler using teletherapyAs children enter school play needs to be an important part of the therapy process. This is especially true for preschoolers. Children at the preschool age are at the beginning of their school journey but are also learning how to balance structured activities with play.

Play keeps learning fun for preschoolers. Therapy sessions with preschoolers must consist of more than flashcards and worksheets. Whether your therapy sessions format is pull-out therapy, push-in therapy, or teletherapy, preschool speech therapy consists of a different style of activities than it does for older children. [continue reading…]

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As we all get used to this new normal, parents and teachers are faced with a question no one ever thought would need an answer. How do we keep our kids safe and practice social distancing while ensuring their education continues for the school year? So many parents are now juggling working from home and teaching their kids. And the reality is, those are the lucky ones because there are those who now find themselves looking for a job while trying to teach their kids. Whatever your situation, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are thousands of other parents in the same boat. To keep you from sinking, here are some resources we found online to help. 

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Speech Teletherapy Materials & Equipment for SLPs

by Bonnie Steiner on March 30, 2020

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Making the switch from traditional speech therapy to teletherapy can seem overwhelming at first. It’s important for clinicians to understand how to seamlessly transition their traditional speech therapy session plans into telespeech sessions, along with obtaining the right materials, technology, and equipment. Let’s start off with some of the common questions and answers. [continue reading…]

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5 Reasons Students Love Teletherapy

by Tera Tuten on March 20, 2020

Beginning a teletherapy program for students can have a wonderful effect on the overall success of students, whether in a school-based therapy environment or when working with them outside the classroom. Parents and educators turn to teletherapy because of the success rates and flexibility it offers, but students have their reasons that they love teletherapy! [continue reading…]

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Schools Turn to Teleschool During COVID-19 Outbreak

by Tera Tuten on March 18, 2020

The United States is currently faced with the challenge of preventing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) while simultaneously maintaining the daily function and operation of a variety of large-scale operations. Travelers have been warned to proceed with caution or postpone any trips. Those that work in a corporate setting have been granted permission to work remotely to avoid further spread of the virus. School districts across the country are turning to teleschool, an increasingly popular technology that connects students with teachers, therapists, and other education professionals remotely. 

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