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    Teletherapy can be implemented into the classroom in a number of ways. What strategies have you seen that are most successful?



    It’s not uncommon for a student to need to receive services in the classroom. When that’s the case, the student might be in a private nook or quieter area of the classroom on the computer receiving one-on-one services (with a teacher/aide nearby to help facilitate). The desk and computer can be turned in a way that works best for the student. Sometimes that means turning it in a way that’s not facing the class, for another student, it may mean the exact opposite. There are lots of opportunities to adjust the arrangement to suit the specific student and their needs.

    Sometimes it can even help address a goal of attending to the assigned task with other distractions in the environment since they are working in a real-world situation instead of the quiet of a speech room. Depending on what the student is working on, it can even be helpful with promoting carryover of skills and use of strategies!



    I have seen teletherapy be implemented in a really positive way for some limited verbal students in a classroom setting. There was a classroom aide in the self-contained room that was very hands on, which was a big plus! They logged on with the therapist online, and the students loved taking turns on the computer to do simple but engaging activities. The therapist would motivate them to use verbal speech (or their AAC device if they had one) to make requests and interact with the games on the screen.



    Teletherapy can be used with all ages, individually or with groups. For younger groups, you could have the teacher or assistant (whoever is helping the students log in and attend) use a lap top, so the therapist can be “in ” the classroom with these more on-the-go, students as they explore. Or they can help the therapist in activities that require the students to get up and move, like fun dances and songs.

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