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Speech Therapy Again?! Obtaining Engagement & Investment From Students

Posted by Chantelle |

Guest Post: Carol K, M.A./CCC-SLP/L

Allow me to let you in on a secret, from one Speech-Language Pathologist to another. I’ve often thought that being an SLP can be difficult, because you can’t pull the words out of a person’s mouth. Speech therapists cannot force sounds, words, or phrases from a student. Our job is to help someone do something that they find challenging or impossible. When a skill is particularly challenging, students may not want to even attempt it, for fear of failure or a sense of hopelessness. In addition, they are missing class time, lectures, or recess. Sometimes they miss their favorite subject. Sometimes they attend sessions after school and miss out on playtime, their favorite cartoon, or time with their family and friends after a long day at school.  To a student, attending speech sessions can be frustrating and have little point.

As Speech-Language Pathologists, it is our job to make this experience as pain free as possible. We need to ask ourselves how to make speech therapy fun and relatable, and keep students engaged.

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Topics: Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology, online therapy, Speech-Langugage Pathology, careers, Work From Home Speech-Language Pathologists

A TinyEYE Tour: Driving Student Success through Engagement

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Online speech-language pathology and occupational therapy are a magical experience for our students. No two days are the same as TinyEYE Therapists from around the world log in to their online office and begin a new day’s adventure.

We believe that student engagement is the key to success. Engagement begins with a strong sense of belonging, and then grows into student involvement and investment in their work. Engagement requires deep and critical thinking, and a self-motivated commitment to learning. For this reason, we first help our students feel safe and joyful about participating. Next, we show our students how capable they are with their skills. Finally, we consistently engage our students in activities that leverage their ability to both participate in their daily lives and explore their wildest imagination. 

When I had the opportunity to take a tour of some of the tools used during a TinyEYE therapy session, I was immediately fascinated by the adventure activity stations.

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Topics: online occupational therapy program, online therapy, Online Speech Therapy Telepractice, online therapy activities

TinyEYE Therapist Testimonial: Why I love providing online therapy

Posted by TinyEYE |

You’re not in the room with the student?  You can’t touch the student?  How do you keep their attention?  How does it work?  How do you provide speech therapy online?  Do the students make progress?  Is it like Skype? 

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Topics: online therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, careers, Occupational Therapy, Work From Home Speech-Language Pathologists

Rethinking Learning: Special Education in the 21st Century

Posted by TinyEYE |

There has been a lot of talk about “preparing our students for the future they are going into, rather than the world that we came from.” What does that mean, exactly?

"Today's students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors. It's very serious, because the single biggest problem facing education today is that our Digital Immigrant instructors are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language." - Marc Prensky, Educational Author

The advent of technology has created two categories of people: those who grew up with digital technology and those who did not. Those who were introduced to technology later in life are called ‘digital immigrants’. Those who grew up with digital technology are referred to as ‘digital natives’.

There have been many studies conducted on the manner in which digital natives learn. We are now teaching the first generation of students to grow up entirely as digital natives; students who think about and process information in an entirely different way than we, as digital immigrants do.

Blackboard Inc. describes why “the classroom isn’t enough” for digital natives in this video:

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Topics: online therapy, TinyEYE Robot,, Digital Natives, assistive learning, Education Technology

Online Occupational Therapy: The "Animal Walk" Writing Bootcamp

Posted by TinyEYE |

Online Occupational Therapy:

The "Animal Walk" Writing Bootcamp

Picking up a pencil can require a real workout. ~ Marnee

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Topics: teletherapy, online occupational therapy, proprioceptive activities, writing, fine motor skills, speech-language pathologist, telepractice, self regulation, exercises for children, TinyEYE, online therapy, Marnee Brick, SLP, Speech Therapy Telepractice, online speech language pathologist, Occupational Therapy, online occupational therapist, OT, Autism, sensory integration, animal walks, video conferencing, Online Speech Therapy, Special Education



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