Take back control of your life–with teletherapy. Teletherapy offers a powerful career choice to let you practice at the top of your license, with flexibility in scheduling to adjust your caseload up or down as needed, and the ability to serve a broad diversity of students, within a supportive community of professional colleagues.
Let’s explore five reasons to start your teletherapy career now
1. Take back control of your life
A teletherapy career lets you work when, where, and how you want. The key word is flexibility. You have the power—to control your caseload size, and to expand or decrease your hours as your needs change. Teletherapy can let you supplement your existing practice in the hours that work without burning you out. And if you want to expand beyond the limitations of your particular time zone, we can help guide you through the logistics of cross-licensing into states where we have students who need services.
A big motivation to move to teletherapy was to cut out my driving time, which was significant since I was working between three or four schools. I’m able to spend more time with my family and focus on my work because of the benefits of not having a commute.”
2. Make the most of your career and curb your commute
You didn’t invest in your career to spend hours in your car. And once you arrive on campus, you may face peripheral duties and chasing down materials that further reduce time with students. With a teletherapy practice, your office and students are always a few steps away. And you will future proof your career by choosing a state-of-the-art online platform that includes a digital content library, and assessments from major publishers.You’ll save time on documentation—with the platform’s documentation assistance to streamline your workflow, increase efficiency, and give you more hours for students. Students today need your support more than they ever have. Teletherapy offers you a vehicle to refocus your career on doing what you do best.
3. Serve students who need you now more than ever
You became a therapist to serve students who need your help. And we all know there’s a greater need than ever for clinicians to support young people across the country. The surgeon general, for instance, recently called for expanded telehealth services to help manage the volume of needs among children in school. In an on-the-ground career, therapists are constrained by geography and limited opportunity in the range of students they can serve. Technology can play a key role in the expansion of equity and access in education. A career in teletherapy can also broaden your opportunities to serve a diverse group of students.
One of the biggest things I enjoy is the fact that I get to service underserved areas in the state and being virtual makes it easier to connect to so many more students and schools.”
A lot of students have high anxiety. They’re so used to technology at this point that I think sometimes their anxiety level decreases when therapy is through the computer versus when there’s someone sitting right in front of them.”
4. Practice on the leading teletherapy platform
Students today have grown up with digital technology. And they will continue to grow with digital technology in their future education and careers. The best teletherapy platforms offer clinicians an opportunity to meet students in an environment that excites them. The award-winning PresenceLearning platform was built by clinicians for clinicians for preK-12 students with special needs to help them grow and thrive. Over the last 14 years, the Presence platform has been used by speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health practitioners to deliver 6 million teletherapy sessions
5. Practice teletherapy with a community of peers and mentors
Most schools typically have only a few therapists on site. And because clinicians are scarce in some communities, it’s common for many therapists to pack up and commute to other schools in a district. Surprisingly, being a therapist on site can be a lonely role. Choosing a company that makes community and mentoring a priority can reverse that sense of isolation while supporting professional learning, knowledge sharing, and connection. The Presence Clinical Network is the largest network of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, and social workers with 2200+ practitioners. Clinicians have a wide range of opportunities for connection with peers—exploring and participating in various groups in The Lounge online, identifying study partners, sharing therapy ideas, and more.