Is online therapy as effective as on-site therapy?
Yes. In a side-by-side study by Kent State University comparing TinyEYE online therapy to in-person therapy, TinyEYE achieved 84% effectiveness while the in-person therapist achieved only 46%. Since 2005, we have witnessed thousands of students achieve their goals and hundreds of schools accelerate students through their special education programs.
What are the technological requirements required to use TinyEYE?
TinyEYE's online therapy is simple! All you need is a computer with a webcam, a headset, and a high-speed internet connection.
How much does online therapy cost?
The hourly rate for online therapy varies based on therapist cost and the typical rate for therapy within each region. To get a quote for your caseload, contact your area representative at 1-877-846-9393.
For what age range do you provide therapy?
TinyEYE’s online services specialize in serving the developmental age of 3-21 years old. While our platform is designed for the K-12 population, each activity is highly customizable and our therapists specialize in providing relevant content to achieve great results.
Does TinyEYE have experience working with large school districts or cooperatives?
Yes. In fact, TinyEYE works with many different school districts, cooperatives and charter schools, large and small. Our team specializes in providing services for a wide variety of students across many geographic areas - providing quality, custom therapy services and creating efficiencies.
How does TinyEYE ensure that we will not have any compliance issues?
TinyEYE audits each of our online therapists to ensure that sessions are completed, students are progressing, and reporting is accurate. If there are any issues, this audit system allows us to correct them well before they turn into compliance problems. Additionally, our virtual office and reporting practices guarantee transparency: by logging into your virtual office you will get a real-time update, 24/7 on the state of your therapy program.
Who is an eHelper? What are their responsibilities?
An eHelper can be an educational assistant, a tutor, a volunteer, a teacher, a parent, or another therapist. This person is responsible for pulling students from their classrooms, getting students logged into their sessions, and ensuring that there are no distractions or interference on the student’s side. TinyEYE will train your eHelper on how to use our system in advance of your therapy start date. Speech Therapy eHelpers can be working on other things while a TinyEYE session is in progress. For Occupational Therapy, eHelpers may need more hands-on involvement. eHelpers are an essential component of your students' achievement. The primary role of the eHelper includes bringing students to their sessions, establishing a quiet, private therapy environment, and logging into TinyEYE. Our TinyEYE therapists work closely with eHelpers to establish a partnership plan for the year. We value our eHelpers and we are grateful for their contributions to our students' overall experience.
Does TinyEYE follow the Common Core Standards?
Yes, we can support any academic skill and move at the pace requested by the school. We have access to all Common Core Standards for each state, and can tailor our lessons according to those standards.
What types of disabilities and disorders are TinyEYE services compatible with?
TinyEYE provides online Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy services to students with all disabilities and disorders. We can work in consultation with school staff for students with significant needs, or an educational assistant can help the student participate. We also create individualized lesson plans and activities for each student to match their learning style.
How does TinyEYE keep students engaged in their lessons?
There are multiple ways to keep students engaged, but it all starts with the right therapist. TinyEYE carefully selects our Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists considering not only their expertise, but also their enthusiasm and ‘spark’. Activities are chosen and customized based on the learning needs and interests of each student, so many students forget that they are in therapy altogether! Our students feel safe, capable, and empowered to fully engage in their learning.
How does TinyEYE communicate with our students’ parents?
After each session, your TinyEYE therapist creates a session report highlighting the skills that were worked on, any notes to the parents, and next steps. These are available in each student’s online backpack, which also contains activities for the students to practice with their parents between sessions. TinyEYE Therapists can also participate in meetings and consultations with students’ parents. Additionally, therapists can create video messages to students and parents using video clips from actual therapy sessions. Add it up, and your students’ parents will be engaged in their child’s therapy like never before!
Can our TinyEYE therapist attend IEP meetings and parent consultations?
Yes. Your therapist will attend meetings remotely, through video conferencing or a conference call.
Does TinyEYE take away local therapist jobs?
No! In fact, there are pockets across North America where there is either an excess of therapists for the number of positions available, or more commonly - not enough therapists to fill the number of positions available. TinyEYE helps to balance this by employing a combination of therapists from your state, therapists from other states, and military spouses overseas to find the best quality therapist for you, and the best balance of therapists within a region.
How does TinyEYE work with small schools?
Small schools often face small or variable caseloads, meaning that they need to find a part-time therapist, or hire a full-time therapist who may not have a full-time caseload. TinyEYE allows you to “hire” an online therapist for only the amount of time that you need - and remain flexible to shift as those needs change.
What checks does TinyEYE have in place to ensure our students are receiving quality service and improving?
The quality of our therapists drive the successful outcomes of our students. Therapists must complete training and achieve our performance standards before meeting with your students. Then, our quality assurance infrastructure enables us to continuously track and act based on our student progress and therapist performance during sessions and throughout the year.
Does TinyEYE follow the Montessori philosophy?
TinyEYE has worked with many Montessori schools. With experience in serving Montessori schools, we are flexible to meet your individual needs - including putting our therapists through your onboarding and training program.
What is required from me during the ‘Getting Started’ process?
Once you have committed to receiving therapy from TinyEYE, our team will contact you to:
- Obtain consent forms for each student who will be receiving therapy
- Conduct a systems check on the computer(s) to be used for therapy
- Train your eHelper(s) on how to use the TinyEYE system.
These processes are in place to ensure that your therapy goes smoothly and sends your students on their paths to success!
What confidentiality policies does TinyEYE have in place?
TinyEYE has confidentiality policies in place on behalf of our students, therapists, schools and employees, in addition to standard policies for secure information management.
Is TinyEYE FERPA/HIPAA compliant?
Yes! TinyEYE is FERPA, HIPAA and COPPA-compliant, and our systems are monitored regularly to ensure continued compliance.
How long is a typical TinyEYE session?
A typical therapy session is 20-30 minutes; however, we will see students at the frequency and duration highlighted in their IEPs.
Can TinyEYE accommodate group therapy sessions?
Yes! We typically serve group sizes of 2 - 3 students. We can also accommodate classrooms - contact us directly to discuss group sizes and room set-up.
Can you do assessments? Which ones?
We can use many of the standard assessments that you are already familiar with as well as doing informal assessments. Our therapists make the same assessment decisions as they would if they were standing in your school. They have access to a large inventory of current standardized assessments and they are also competent with administering informal assessments. Our therapists have the tools to ethically administer both options through our online format.
Do you provide bilingual services?
Yes! We can provide services in multiple languages - including but not limited to English, French, Spanish, and Dutch. Utilizing a bilingual therapist for the assessment of ESL students is very beneficial.
Can you use our school’s existing reporting system?
Yes. We will report and provide information in any way that the school requests. eHelpers also have password-protected access with their school login to all of the same reporting as our therapists.