PresenceLearning Launches “Lightyear” Online Therapy Solution
Press release: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — PresenceLearning, a provider of live, online therapy services, announced the release of Lightyear, their newly designed therapy environment that delivers high fidelity, live telehealth sessions while putting less demand on school network bandwidth. Now, even more schools-especially schools in areas with limited access to high-speed Internet-can gain access to PresenceLearning’s network of highly qualified clinicians to help students with special needs succeed.
This release provides students with consistent, high-quality speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral and mental health services.
PresenceLearning is actively transitioning its entire community of providers and clients to Lightyear. Each secure therapy session offers crisp, clear video and sound at lower bandwidth requirements. In addition, PresenceLearning has added dozens of newly designed activities and games that online, which clinicians can use to create individualized therapy sessions for each student. Lightyear enables the live, online therapy experience to feel even more natural for therapists and students alike.
“With the new enlarged view option, it is much easier to zoom in and see the student’s mouth and important structures clearly,” Karen McBride, a PresenceLearning online speech-language pathologist, said. “I love using this view while working with students on the autism spectrum because we can maintain excellent eye contact. It also makes group sessions more ‘real.’ The high-quality video makes conversations fluid and allows the entire group to interpret overall communication and micro-expressions.”
McBride has been using Lightyear since the beta version launched in August 2015. In her experience with Lightyear, McBride said older students especially love the new reward system since it mimics emojis many students have on their smartphones and devices. With younger students, McBride has seen tremendous success with the new text reward box function, which she uses to introduce a vocabulary word of the day in each student session.
Another enhancement is a new handwriting font called “Print Practice” for occupational therapy handwriting sessions. Students can choose their own font style, color, and line thickness, and can then mark and annotate their texts using the underlining and highlighting tools, all of which enable students to take ownership and be proud of their work.