On August 1st, 2017, DotCom Therapy announced utilization of a Speech-Language Pathology Ambassador Team to provide quick turnaround and comprehensive assessments to students nationwide. These federally mandated evaluations can be difficult for schools to complete due to the critical shortage of certified professionals, significantly impacting school compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and statewide special education regulations.
DotCom Therapy was founded by Speech-Language Pathologist, Rachel Robinson. The therapist started the company to address the pervasive shortage of clinicians and make therapy available to everyone, everywhere™. The company initially began serving Missouri and Alaska and now has provided speech therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health services in over eighteen states.
DotCom Therapy piloted the Ambassador Team with districts in Alaska during the 2016-2017 school year with reportedly 100% of students receiving evaluations within the timeline outlined by both IDEA law and state special education requirements. The pilot focused on students age 3-21 with deficits noted in areas of articulation, language, social skills or fluency. The success of the pilot resulted in plan for full implementation for the 17-18 school year.
DotCom Therapy Executive Director, Elise Mitchell, and Director of School Services, Casey Hall, strategically executed a program build-out and ambassador training program over the summer.
According to Mitchell, "Being a therapist-run company, we understand the positive impact for parents, teachers and students when an evaluation is completed and treatment plan is in place in a timely manner. Unfortunately, high caseloads, scheduling difficulties or unique diagnoses that require specific training can interfere with that timely turnaround. Our goal is to reduce any burden and get our team in there to help. This team is made up of skilled DotCom Therapists™ that serve as experts in state eligibility, IDEA, assessment provision and functional treatment plans.”.
The Ambassador Team is said to go live on August 10th 2017. The specialized team will be working with schools that are contracted with DotCom Therapy for skilled speech-language pathology intervention, in addition to schools that require on-demand assistance with assessment provision and compliance.
Ambassador information, areas of interest and credentialing is found below. For additional information or school services, please reach out to DotCom Therapy at (844) 536-8266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DotCom Therapy 17-18 Speech-Language Pathology Ambassador Team:
Taylor Berge, M.S. CCC-SLP/CAS
Areas of Interest: neurodevelopmental disorders, early childhood language development, autism and feeding disorders
Jessica Ferrell, M.H.S. CCC-SLP
Areas of Interest: early childhood language development, phonological awareness, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and pediatric feeding disorders
Jamie Lee, M.S. CCC-SLP
Areas of Interest: language/learning disabilities and how they relate to literacy, severe phonological disorders
Kayla Turonis, M.S. CCC-SLP
Areas of Interest: literacy disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, traumatic/acquired brain injury, dysphagia
Kara Hellner, M.A. CCC-SLP
Areas of Interest: language disorders, pragmatic impairments
Morgan Chapman, M.S. CCC-SLP
Areas of interest: articulation development and disorders, cognitive impairments, feeding disorders
Rachael Hayes, M.A. CCC-SLP
Areas of Interest: social skills instruction, autism spectrum disorder
Sara Lowell, M.S. CCC-SLP
Areas of Interest: aural rehabilitation, AAC, dysphagia
About DotCom Therapy
DotCom Therapy (DCT) is a global leader in the teletherapy service modality. The rapidly growing health technology company is revolutionizing speech therapy by making specialized therapy services more convenient with their seamless One-Click Access™ platform. DCT is dedicated to making therapy services available to everyone, everywhere™.
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