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SPONSORED WEBINAR DIGEST

Delivery of Special Education-Related
Services During School Closures
Supporting students with in-home teletherapy
A District Administration Webinar Digest * Originally presented on April 9, 2020

As the need for social distancing is prompting extended
school closures across the country, school districts are
considering new ways to keep students connected
and engaged in school activities. Because continuity is
especially important for students who receive special
education-related services, PresenceLearning hosted this
webinar to support districts that are looking to deliver
these services to students via in-home teletherapy.

Kate Eberle Walker, CEO, PresenceLearning
Schools are deeply engaged in ensuring students have
equal access to learning. We have been working to
transition districts to online delivery of special education
services: Running teletherapy and tele-assessment training,
and setting them up to use our proprietary teletherapy
platform to continue serving students at home.
Kristin Martinez, Clinical Director, PresenceLearning
While the scope of the current move to online education
and therapy is unprecedented, we have identified best
practices to support schools, service providers, and families
and students in implementing online special education
services.
Here are four steps to get started.
1. Research platforms and features related to
service delivery. Select a feature-rich platform designed
to support therapeutic activities including screen sharing,
multiple video feeds, the ability to upload materials and
interactive tools. Investigate internet speed requirements
and tech support. And be sure to choose a compliant
platform that protects student privacy.
2. Develop service delivery guidance for special
education staff. Understand ideal-circumstance best
practices, but consider accommodations and modifications
for current circumstances as well as compliance.
3. Start with what you know-your skills, experience
and knowledge of each student. Consider any schoolbased accommodations in place for students to engage with
computer-based learning. What might they need online?
4. Expect wonderful opportunities to work with
students in home environments but prepare for hiccups.

Dr. Glendora Tremper, Coordinator, Special Education,
Springs Charter Schools (Calif.)
Springs Charter Schools has six schools serving 9,600
students, including 1,400 special education students.
We have 17 student centers and quite a few different
programs. Before the pandemic, we were providing
speech and occupational therapy, and psychoeducational
and academic testing services online; we were 13%
online. Now, all services are online.
Here are three steps we took to fully transition online.
1. Gather information. We used a multipronged
approach-from consulting with our legal counsel
to reviewing all information from federal and state
governments. We connected with our agencies to
determine readiness levels and reached out to see where
we were as a district.
2. Create a comprehensive communication plan
for district staff, providers, parents and students.
One reason for our success: Communication. Our
parents' response has been mainly positive. We focus
on supporting them and helping them support their
students.
3. Support your staff's emotional well-being. We
hold virtual staff meetings, which also allow everyone to
share how they're doing.
We're continuously communicating to share our
learning and address challenges.
Don't let yourself or your staff be overwhelmed. Be
flexible. Remember: We need to support our staff so we all
can be successful.

To watch this web seminar in its entirety,
please visit DAmag.me/ws040920
For more information about live online special educationrelated services, please visit PresenceLearning.com


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