NATE retired from in-person public school SLP services and has focused on telepractice services for the past eight years. He spends his tele-clinical day working with preschool and school-age clients. Nate enjoys building authentic materials, individualizing services, and promoting co-creation within teletherapy. He is grateful for the opportunities to share these ideas with colleagues at national conferences. AMY became fully immersed in telepractice soon after beginning her career in 2011. She spends her tele-clinical day completing assessments and providing treatment to preschool and school-age clients. Amy is passionate about sharing her love of telepractice with others. She enjoys problem solving to help her colleagues hone their existing clinical skills through discovery of new and creative ways to bridge the gap between tabletop and teletherapy modalities. Amy has shared these ideas and concepts at national conferences. TABLETOP TO TELETHERAPY is the creative outlet which evolved from our shared passion to take tried-and-true therapy activities and techniques and translate them for use within telepractice sessions. In talking with numerous SLPs we recognized a significant need for a go-to resource through which clinicians can find affordable materials and strategies for engagement. We hope that Tabletop to Teletherapy serves as a resource and inspiration for other clinicians to share in our passion for the mode of delivery and all that it offers our clients.
We recognize the challenges (and joys!) involved in balancing technical aspects and clinical clarity, all while maintaining client engagement. We believe best practice is to make therapy activities authentic and meaningful to students. We have developed a framework of a variety of learning and interaction styles which we use as a guideline for matching up activities and styles with individual students. Students gain confidence and ownership within activities which allow them to co-create materials. When therapy is meaningful and relevant, the impact extends far beyond their sessions.
2016 - Supporting Preschoolers' Literacy Skills Using Authentic Materials and Routines in Speech Telepractice. Curtis, Nathan H. Collaboration for Preschool Language and Literacy. ASHA Online Webinar. 2015 SIG18 Invited speaker at ASHA. Get Telepractical: Curating Simple, Effective & Engaging Digital Materials, Websites & Apps for Telepractice Sessions. Curtis, Nathan & Sweeney, Sean American Speech Language Hearing Association. Denver, CO.
Nathan: M.A. Speech Communication University of Maine at Orono, 1984 Amy: M.A. Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Maine, 2011
2015 - Meeting Client Needs in Telepractice: Pairing an Innovative Planning System with Engaging Digital Materials. Curtis, Nathan H. & Reid, Amy C. American Speech Language Hearing Association. Denver, CO. 2014 - Top 20 Telepractice Techniques & Materials: Bridging Table-Top Skills with Telepractice Competencies. Curtis, Nathan & Reid, Amy American Speech Language Hearing Association. Orlando, FL. 2014 - Creating Telepractice Partnerships to Maximize Client Outcomes. Curtis, Nathan & Reid, Amy American Speech Language Hearing Association. Orlando, FL. 2013 - Telepractice Services: Overcoming Barriers & Achieving High-Quality Treatment Outcomes. Curtis, Nathan, Wilbur, Jessica & Reid, Amy American Speech Language Hearing Association. Chicago, IL.