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Solving the school therapist shortage

from District Administration Magazine

In rural Washington state, an occupational therapist might drive three to four hours to see a student — that is, if a district can find one to hire. Last year, an occupational therapist job posting went six months without a single application being submitted to Educational Services District 112, which provides special education services to 28 rural districts across six counties near the Oregon border. And that sent the district's special education director, Michelle Murer, searching to find another way to provide occupational therapies to rural students. She found the answer this past fall, which bypassed the difficulty of geography altogether: a burgeoning model known as telepractice, in which students receive services from therapists online. more


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