Great news — Montana Medicaid will reimburse for speech-language therapy services conducted via telemedicine. In June, 2014, the Montana State Administrative Rule (ARMS) added the Provision of Telepractice Services (24.222.904) to state that “the  provision of speech-language pathology or audiology services in this state through telepractice, regardless of the physical location of the speech-language pathologist or audiologist, constitutes the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology, and is subject to state licensure requirements and regulation by the board.” For Medicaid billing, the correct way to code for this service is to append a modifier of “GQ” to the covered code to show it was done as telehealth. This modifier is informational only and does not affect payment in any way; the code will still pay the same. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Cameron Kilberg, Director of Government Affairs at PresenceLearning by email at cameron@presencelearning.com or by phone at 571-214-8611.

The team at PresenceLearning will be in California, New York, Texas, and Florida in January. We hope to see you at one of these great events! Every Child Counts Symposium January 13-16 Monterey, CA LIASEA 2016 Conference January 13-15 Montauk, NY TCASE Great Ideas 2016 January 19-21 Austin, TX TASA Midwinter Conference January 24-27 Austin, TX Mid-Year Institute for ESE Administrators January 26-27 Gainesville, FL Would you like to schedule a private demo during one of these conferences? Email sales@presencelearning.com and let us know where you will be attending.

The end of the year is the traditional time for self-reflection: What are you doing well? What are you grateful for? What can you do better? As 2015 comes to a close, we’ve been doing exactly that. While we always strive for continuous improvement, we also found much to celebrate: our one-millionth session, exceeding national averages in the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association’s (ASHA) National Outcome Measurement System (NOMS), and receiving the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award as one of the Best Places to Work, to name just a few. The following infographic shares a few of our accomplishments and fun facts since our founding in 2009. We’d like to thank all of our amazing school district partners, students, clinicians, and staff for being a part of our growth and success, and…

Educators have been clamoring for practical ways to improve school climate. A recent poll conducted by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) found that 72 percent of its members report social-emotional strategies as the top professional development request from educators. This coincides with our own surveys of thousands of educators and related services providers and staff. This fall, PresenceLearning hosted a three-part webinar series bringing together experts in communication, behavior disorders, and positive behavior supports to provide critically needed strategies to: Create conditions for school success using positive disciplinary practices and related social and emotional regulation Be able to use data more effectively to predict behavioral interventions that will drive meaningful difference in student outcomes Use evidence-based practices to create an instructional environment free of behavioral disruptions 12,000 people signed up to watch the series, which included the following speakers and topics: Dr. Joe Ryan: “Beyond Behavior: Creating a Culture for Data-Driven Behavioral Interventions” Using data to make better decisions about student behavior is a cultural and environmental shift impacting special educators, administrators, and mental health professionals alike. While we continue to observe and document cases related to behavior problems, there is a heightened need for easier and…

Video production is a non-stop effort from PresenceLearning, whether for recordings of our webinars, videos of schools, students, and families, or demos of our services. Since the beginning of the year, educators, families, and clinicians have watched our videos 53,291 times, nearly 10,000 hours of total viewing time! If you are up for some binge-watching over the holidays, there’s no better place to start than our Top 10 most-watched videos of the year. 1. What is it like to be a clinician with PresenceLearning? Why do so many clinicians choose to grow their career with us? Find out here. 2. Learn how a struggling district in Michigan is turning around its special education program with online therapy. 3. Get the latest research about autism and Asperger’s…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in Louisiana, Vermont, and Tennessee in December. Check out where you can meet us: AESA Annual Conference December 2-5 New Orleans, LA VCSEA Annual Conference December 3-4 Burlington, VT TAASE Fall Conference December 7-9 Pigeon Forge, TN

The third webinar in our Real School Climate Change: New Approaches For Better Behavior webinar series was led by Dr. Barry Prizant and his colleagues Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, and Amy Laurent, Ed.M, OTR/L. Their webinar “Social Communication + Emotional Regulation: An Environment for School Success” provided an overview of the SCERTS® Model and detailed strategies for preventing problem behavior. Afterward, our co-founder and co-CEO Clay Whitehead sat down with Dr. Barry Prizant and Amy Laurent to discuss questions submitted by audience members. Below is a summary of their discussion. CW: Barry, the first question is for you. How is it possible to focus on social communication and emotional regulation with all the pressure for teachers to focus on academic performance? BP: Clay, that’s a…

An exclusive article published by MultiBriefs reports more schools are seeking occupational therapy (OT) services for students. According to The New York Times, both New York and California schools have seen a 30% increase for OT services requests. In addition to providing these services to students in need, teachers are beginning to design their classrooms to include OT supports for their entire class. The MultiBriefs author attributes this increase to the way parents are raising children today. Some parents carry babies more than they allow them to move on their own, which can be detrimental to the child’s body development and ultimately his or her ability to sit in a chair, write and pay attention when he or she enters school. Also, the amount of reading that happens at home before a child starts school impacts his or her brain development. To battle the potential achievement and skills gaps in their classrooms, educators are starting to provide sensory supports for all students. These include adapted school supplies like scissors and handwriting tools for those with motor skill issues, in addition to visual aids, structured routines and transition cues between activities. Additionally, incorporating movement in the classroom is becoming more popular.…

To help you make sure you don’t miss any of the latest research and best practices in telepractice at the 2015 ASHA Convention, we’ve created this guide to each and every telepractice presentation taking place at the convention. For the complete program of education sessions offered during the ASHA Convention, visit ASHA’s Program Planner webpage. While you’re at the ASHA Convention, don’t forget to stop by PresenceLearning’s booth (#732) and enter to win an Apple Watch! Presentations by PresenceLearning SLPs: Session Code: 1522 Title:  Telepractice/Telehealth Preparation in Graduate Education: Status 2015? Presenter(s):  Susan Grogan-Johnson  Kent St U ; Kristin Edwards  PresenceLearning (presenting author); Andrew Stuart  East Carolina U (presenting author); Robin Alvares  Kent St U (presenting author) Day: Friday, November 13, 2015 Time: 5:00 PM…

The team at PresenceLearning will be in Minnesota, New York, Colorado, and Ohio this month. Check out where you can meet us: Urban Collaborative Fall Meeting November 4 – 7 Minneapolis, MN NYSOTA Annual Conference November 6-8 White Plains, NY ASHA Convention November 12 – 14 Denver, CO OCALICON 2015 November 18 – 20 Columbus, OH

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