Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Our technology has a name: It’s called telehealth
At Pine Tree Society, we’re committed to discovering abilities together, and one of the ways we can be together during this time of social distancing is through the use of technology.
Maine is a big state and we’ve used technology to bridge distances for years. Providing ASL interpretation via video conference, for example. This technology we use has a name: telehealth. You’ll be hearing that word a lot in the weeks ahead because telehealth has quickly become a critical way to keep us all safe and healthy without interrupting needed services and support you rely on.
Telehealth is, quite simply, the use of technology to bring services to people via remote technology platforms rather than in person; allowing licensed professionals to provide HIPPA compliant services without physical contact or travel.
In most cases, telehealth is a video chat on a computer or smart phone. Pine Tree Society offers telehealth/remote services using Zoom, which is a user-friendly video conferencing technology that is easily accessed from any device.
Our expanded telehealth services include:
- Speech Language Pathology: Our Speech Language Pathologists are available to schedule remote telehealth speech therapy sessions. Contact Linda Bonnar at email@example.com or 207-386-5931.
- Assistive Technology for Learning and Living: Our Assistive Technology Practitioners can provide remote telehealth consults for Assistive Technology for Learning and Living. Contact Linda Bonnar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-386-5931.
- Sign Language Interpreting: Our Sign Language Interpreters are available to provide interpreting services and support instruction for children who are Deaf. Contact Tim Wilbur at email@example.com or 207-386-5971 or 207-510-4647 VP.
- Case Management: Our Case Management team is here to support people with disabilities and their families with individualized services during this stressful time. Our team can help identify and connect families to community-based services. Contact Julie Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-386-5952.
- Audiology: Our audiologists are offering both telephone and telehealth appointment for trouble shooting hearing aids and any additional training people may need to support use of hearing aids. Contact email@example.com or 207-386-5920.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Pine Tree Society partnering with schools to support remote learning
Pine Tree Society has adapted quickly to the events of the past few weeks. In an effort to support the remote learning of students with special needs, we are offering a variety of remote services.
Here are some ways we can support schools, students and their families during this time. (Please note, we are offering telehealth/remote services using Zoom, user-friendly video conferencing technology that is easily accessed from any device.)
- Our Speech Language Pathologists are available to schedule remote telehealth speech therapy sessions allowing children who continue to work on their communication goals. Contact Linda Bonnar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-5931.
- Our Assistive Technology Practitioners can provide remote telehealth consults for Assistive Technology for Learning to support children who may have more challenges accessing the curriculum during social isolation. Contact Linda Bonnar at email@example.com or 386-5931.
- Our Sign Language Interpreters are available to support instruction for children who are Deaf. We are also available to interpret important messages to families so Deaf parents and community members can receive important updates in their native language. Contact Tim Wilbur at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-5971 or 510-4647 VP.
- Our Case Management team is here to support students and their families with individualized services during this stressful time. Our team can help identify and connect the families to community-based services. Contact Julie Brennan at email@example.com or 386-5952.
- We are also utilizing Facebook for sharing information and resources to support families as they work to keep their child engaged as well as opportunities to connect with other during this time of isolation. Please feel free to share our Facebook pages with parents and those who need resources: Pine Tree Society and Pine Tree Camp.
We are here to help.
Friday, March 13, 2020
In times like these, Pine Tree Society’s programs and services are more important than ever. We are working closely with our partners including the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and hospitals throughout the state to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver our mission safely and effectively. As we have throughout our history, Pine Tree Society is able to remain nimble, quickly adapting to meet the needs of Maine children and adults with disabilities and the families who care for them.
Here are some of the things we are working on:
- Our case management team has begun working remotely, proactively checking in with clients to identify opportunities for support.
- Pine Tree Society’s speech language pathologists are supporting school districts in implementing distance learning for students with special needs. The team is also providing speech services remotely using the telehealth model.
- Pine Tree Society is working closely with hospitals throughout the state ensuring that sign language interpreters are ready and available when needed in person and via telehealth.
- While our Early Learning Center in Auburn is closed, our team continues to support parents with telephone consultations. Our teachers are staying connected with their students through activities like reading stories over the phone.
- We are continuing to screen and adhere to hygiene protocols as established by the CDC for employees and clients who are coming to us for clinic-based speech services, audiology and community support programs.
We will continue to share updates and resources on our Facebook pages and website.