Part 3: Teletherapy for Students with Limited Engagement

Part 3: Teletherapy for Students with Limited Engagement
Kathy Beatty, MA, CCC-SLP

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Who could have predicted that we would need to support our students while staying in our homes? The success of the teletherapy session is closely connected to the ability of the clinician and student and/or parent/helper to communicate effectively in a virtual environment.

Of the many questions that clinicians have asked, the one question that keeps coming up is: How do we serve our students that have limited engagement, complex needs, behavior issues, etc? The answer is that we need a new model of services that truly supports the whole student and their families. Clinicians need this critical information now in order to provide effective teletherapy services.


ASHA: 0.2


CA SLPAHB: 2.0  

CMH: 2.0 

Kathy has worked for 45 years in the areas of AAC and Complex Communication Needs, primarily in the school setting, collaborating with her husband, an OTR and ATP.  She has provided numerous AAC presentations on the national, state and local levels. She is currently the Senior AAC Clinical Supervisor for The Speech Pathology Group and is the Coordinator of the AAC Mentorship Program. Kathy is an ASHA SIG 12 (AAC) Coordinating Committee Member. She has served as the Director of OT, PT, SLP, and APE Services for the Educational Service Center of Erie, Huron, & Ottawa Counties and as the Therapy Team Leader for Multi-disciplinary Services in Erie County.

  • Describe how a clinician can participate in teletherapy services synchronously and asynchronously
  • List three reasons why a student and their family may be better suited for asynchronous intervention services
  • List three different ways the parent/helper can support the student’s engagement in teletherapy
  • Explain how to combine multiple devices/screens within one teletherapy session
  • List three work arounds for limited access to equipment

This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.

No relevant financial and non-financial relationships exist.

  • 5 minutes – Introductions & Disclosures
  • 30 minutes – Teletherapy Technology Needs
  • 45 minutes – Supporting Student & Family Needs
  • 40 minutes – Balancing Teletherapy Models, Q&A

After watching all course videos,
please complete the CE quiz/certificate form
Course: 0108
AAC and Behavior Management Master Course

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