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by Erik Lorenzsonn, The Cap Times

 "Emily Purdom remembers crawling out of bed at 5 a.m. the first time she tried out the technology that would become her life’s focus. The Missouri-based children’s speech-language pathologi...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP DotCom Therapy, Executive Director

DotCom Therapy® announces a partnership with Learning By Design which allows DotCom Therapy to serve as an exclusive online provider of SPELL-Links™ literacy services.  This strategic partn...

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by The DCT Team

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The co-founders of DotCom Therapy®, Rachel Robinson and Emily Purdom, have been selected to present to the Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference (ASSEC) on the benefits...

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by Lauren Wilmet UW-Madison student via WisBusiness.com

DotCom Therapy aims to curb speech therapy shortage 12/5/2016 There are 20 million people who need speech therapy each year in the United States and only 126,000 cert...

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by Matt Lemmon of 417 Magazine

T he internet is great for crushing candy or shouting about politics, but it fortunately also has the ability to help people in very powerful ways. For evidence, look no further than the rapid gr...

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by Matt Lemmon
Photos by: Brandon Alms

Every year, Biz 417 recognizes 20 individuals under the age of 30 in the Springfield, MO area as leaders, entrepreneurs and pioneers changing the landscape of the future. This year, Rachel Robinson (co-founder of DotCom Therapy) was recognized as one of those leaders.    View the article here- Biz 417: 20 Under 30 .   

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by The DCT Team

After a double blind abstract review process, the Co-Founders of DotCom Therapy were selected to present at the 30th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniat...

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by Springfield Business Journal

Why start DotCom Therapy? We have been developing this company about a year, but we officially founded it in March. We, Rachel and I, wanted to come up with a solution for this problem we had ...

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by KY3

  Rachel Robinson and Emily Purdom saw a need for speech therapy not just in our area, but around the world. So many people can benefit from speech therapy, but the problem is, not everyone...

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DOTCOM Therapists Speak

by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP Executive Director of DotCom Therapy

One of the many benefits to teletherapy is the global impact - removing location as a barrier allows anyone, worldwide, to access a skilled therapist by simply clicking a link on the computer. &nb...

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by Lauren Delay-Curcio

The word label stems from a Germanic term similar to that of ribbon, or to be more precise, a narrow strip. Although the connotations have changed and usage has expanded, to la...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP Executive Director of DotCom Therapy

I am honored to introduce our April Spotlight, Taylor Berge M.S. CCC-SLP!  Taylor is being recognized because her school has reported that she has provided amazing services to their district....

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by Emily Purdom Ed.S. CCC-SLP, Co-Founder of DotCom Therapy

As an experienced speech-language pathologist, taking bush planes to rural Alaskan villages was a standard form of transportation for me. In fact, you can add to that: ice highway truck , snow m...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP Executive Director of DotCom Therapy

It is a pleasure to introduce the world to Dora Doss, our March spotlight and amazing therapist! Dora is being recognized for her commitment to the DotCom Therapy® mission and her commitment...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP Executive Director of DotCom Therapy

I am blessed to have the pleasure of introducing you to our February Spotlight, Christy Long! Christy is being recognized this month for her dedication and passion to helping our other DotCom Ther...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP DotCom Therapy, Director of Therapy Services

DotCom Therapy just released its latest advocacy video showcasing the testimonials of multiple stakeholders (found here for reference: https://vimeo.com/198222131 ). We would like to continue th...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP DotCom Therapy, Director of Therapy Services

I am very excited to announce our January Spotlight, Molly Correll.  Molly works with both a virtual and a rural school.  Her schools report that she is proactive and works well with p...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP DotCom Therapy, Therapy Director

DotCom Therapy makes customer service and therapist satisfaction a priority.  Neither of these things could be achieved without our amazing Office Manager, Ali Day-Walkman, who celebrated her...

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by Co-Founders Emily Purdom and Rachel Robinson

Today marks the first Monday of 2017, and we are popping at the seams to share what’s on our mind! As co-founders of DotCom Therapy, we have spent the last few weeks in thoughtful exploration of h...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP DotCom Therapy, Therapy Director

I am so excited to announce our December Spotlight, Emily Olsen!! Emily is one of our amazing mental health professionals who is being showcased this month because of her dedication to her school...

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by Kayla Turonis M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapist™

As we approach Christmas break (where did the time go?!), I wanted to take a moment to answer a question I am frequently asked. "What students are appropriate for teletherapy?" The short answer is...

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by Nicole Pounds, M.S. CCC-SLP DotCom Therapist™

The holidays are a great time to help your child develop expansive language skills because there are many routines and traditions that take place this time of year, not to mention just a lot of ta...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP, Therapy Director, DotCom Therapy

In honor of Giving Tuesday, we asked our therapists about their favorite charities. Here are the highlighted charities that DotCom Therapists love: Camp Encour...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy, Therapy Director

One of the best things about my job is receiving feedback from our schools and clients.  Our Director of School Services, Casey Hall, is constantly calling me to tell me some great feedback...

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by Elise Mitchell, M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy, Therapy Director

It is that time to recognize another one of DotCom Therapy’s amazing speech-language pathologists, Marie Menyes!  One of my favorite things about working with Marie is her energy and...

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by Elise Mitchell, M. S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy, Therapy Director

An Individualized Education Program, IEP, is a plan that is put in place for children who qualify for special education services.  Every year, participants of that program sit down to discuss...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy Director

In case it hasn’t been said enough, DotCom Therapy is made up of the best-of-the-best therapists and staff members.  We want to take time monthly to recognize one of our therapists and let yo...

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by Nicole Pounds M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapist™

I am in the third week of my teletherapy journey (wow, how did time pass so quickly!!??) and I am loving it! I decided to make the switch to teletherapy because it would provide more flexibility f...

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by Emily Purdom Ed.S, CCC-SLP DotCom Therapy Co-Founder

Whether it was the crisp Irish air, the exhilaration of leading a workshop with colleagues from around the world or maybe just this entire row that I’m taking up on the flight back across the ...

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by Rachel Robinson M.S. CCC-SLP, Co-Founder of DotCom Therapy

    "What do you do?” Is a question I encounter at nearly any social engagement I attend. For many years, my reply of "I’m a speech-language pathologist,” was often met with a quiz...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy Director

So, a big part of my job as a therapy director is to be there to support therapists during both the rewarding and the more difficult aspects of therapy.  One of the more difficult aspects o...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy Director

    Let’s talk about teletherapy, shall we?! As teletherapy gets more and more popular, it sparks a lot of questions and many misconceptions.  I want to take this time to talk t...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy Director

There is often a perception that adults who receive speech therapy are adults who have had a recent health crisis (i.e. recovering from a stroke, brain injury, etc.)  Although speech therapists ...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy Director

DotCom Teletherapy Hey everyone, I’m going to be a teletherapist! I am a Speech Therapist that recently had a baby and I need a job that’s flexible but still skilled…insert DotCom Therapy here.  ...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy Director

I should start this blog by giving some history about myself.  I started my speech therapy education because I wanted to work with individuals with autism.  My brother, who we now know has...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy Director

  A Letter to a Therapist from a Grieving Parent I have been working on this blog for weeks. I wanted to write a blog about the stages of grief accompanied by a literature review of the massi...

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by Elise Mitchell M.S. CCC-SLP, DotCom Therapy Director

Hey all,  First of all, tune in to KY3 tomorrow morning, or look on www.ky3.com , to watch myself and the founders discuss DotCom Therapy!! They filmed it from my office and I was able to ca...

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by Emily Purdom Ed.S, CCC-SLP DotCom Therapy Co-Founder

One of the few constants in life is that it is always changing. People change jobs, expand their family, move, travel, add vitality to their life, or go through changes in health and wellbeing. DotC...

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What's the buzz

Sarah
Client
I cannot speak highly enough of DotCom Therapy. My family and I live in  China  so when my daughter was diagnosed with apraxia we knew finding appropriate services and support would be virtually impossible. DotCom Therapy have been amazing - flexible, encouraging, professional...there aren't enough appropriate adjectives! My daughter's progress has been amazing and my family and I consider our therapist a friend who has consistently gone over and above for us. We are incredibly grateful. ...
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Marie M.
DotCom Therapist™
I have been searching for teletherapy jobs for years, but I never decided to take the plunge until I found DotCom. I can honestly say, it was the best career decision I ever made. I feel like I have more support, mentorship, guidance, and friends than I did in any physical location job. Not to mention, Logging on for therapy sessions that I know I was given the time to put a lot of thought and planning into makes me even more excited to teach and learn from my students. I highly recommend DotCom to anyone looking to work as a remote therapist! ...
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Nicole P.
DotCom Therapist™
I joined the DotCom Therapy team because I was looking for a way to serve students with communication disorders, yet, have a more flexible schedule since I am a mom of two under two.  I found this in DotCom Therapy!  I am able to continue to serve students and families, but DotCom allows me the flexibility to work part time and complete paperwork at times that work for my family (e.g., nap time, bedtime, etc.).  I love being able to work from home, but I still feel like part of the team at the schools I work with.  It truly is the best of both worlds!  I have loved being a part of the DCT team! ...
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Christy L.
DotCom Therapist™
It's the best job I've ever had. I can't tell you how nice it is to feel appreciated at work.
Megan
DotCom Therapist™
Working for DotCom Therapy for the past 14 months has been incredibly rewarding. Flexible scheduling, supportive administration, and the ability to use technology in therapy has positively changed to way I view our profession. Providing therapy to adults and children all over the world has been empowering as a Speech-Language Pathologist. ...
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Erin D.
DotCom Therapist™
Working for DotCom Therapy has been an amazing experience. It is the most positive work environment I have ever been a part of. I love working with a group of people that have similar passions, and who are willing to help make me the best therapist that I can be. As a mom who is always desiring to spend more time with my family, this job provides me with the flexibility and ease of working from home that allows me to have that time. DotCom Therapy has been a huge blessing to me as a professional and as a mom. ...
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Kayla T.
DotCom Therapist™
Becoming a tele-therapist was the best decision for me, professionally and personally. I get to provide services to individuals in need, without going out in the cold! ...
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Natalie
Facilitator/Paraprofessional
I would have to say so far teletherapy is going great and the students are always so ready to come and transition to speech. It is amazing to see how well the students have grasped ipads and use the technology, how focused they are and intrigued about learning their sounds... Our DotCom Therapist is in constant communication with the teachers and myself to ensure there is no scheduling conflict. ...
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Billie
Principal
....the students were engaged the whole time and the DotCom Therapist™ was very enthusiastic!
Kim
Process Coordinator
[Our DotCom Therapist™] has been amazing! She is super knowledgeable and really seems to know her students’ needs even after only a few sessions. Parents and teachers have been pleased so far with her participation at IEP meetings. ...
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Megan M.
DotCom Therapist™
Working as a Speech-Language Pathologist is rewarding and the opportunities are endless. Deciding to say "yes" to the opportunity to join DCT has been the best decision I have made in my career thus far. The flexible scheduling and support of the DCT team are two of my favorite things about this job. I look forward to growing with DCT and empowering more children and adults all over the world!...
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Dr. Julie M.
Ph.D. Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College, Missouri State University Fellow and 2015 Recipient of the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
I’m excited to see Rachel Robinson and Emily Purdom launch DotCom Therapy! I worked closely with these two women while they were graduate students and was always impressed by their initiative, professionalism, and commitment to excellence. I wasn’t surprised when they first told me about the concept for DotCom Therapy because such innovation has always been typical for Rachel and Emily. I am confident that they will strive to provide optimal access to superior speech-language services for all. ...
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Elise M.
Therapy Director for DotCom Therapy
Working with DotCom Therapy has been a blessing both on a personal and professional level. On a personal level, I have been able to devote more time to my family because of the flexibility in scheduling that DotCom Therapy allows. On a professional level, I have the blessing of working with individuals that don't normally have access to skilled therapists and there is something very humbling about that. DotCom Therapy is a therapist-run company; I'm not treated like just an employee, I'm treated like a team member....
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Elisabeth
Special Education Teacher
Dotcom Therapy has radically changed my teaching practice.  Previously, as a special education teacher in the bush of Alaska, I received consultation only from speech therapists at minimum of three times a year for 15 minutes at a time.  My students received indirect services through myself, who had no speech therapy training or resources.  Now, my students receive direct services from a trained speech therapist several times a week.  Some of my students can participate independently, while others need someone on my side to supervise.  Additionally, I collaborate weekly with a Dotcom Therapist.  Our collaboration includes discussions about how I can support the student in the classroom, learning about assistive technology, and getting answers to my questions to improve my practice.  Now, instead of simply consulting three times a year with a therapist who mainly evaluates and suggests goals, I can really support my students and their language development throughout each and every week.  Additionally, both therapists I have worked with have been available and willing to answer questions outside of our scheduled sessions.  I love Dotcom Therapy!  The collaboration, the direct services, and the support has been a radical new experience for both my students and myself.  Even better, most of my students love working with both Rachel and Emily.  When Rachel and Emily visit, they spend time to build relationships with my students and it pays off during the teletherapy sessions.  I have nothing but positive reviews for Dotcom Therapy!!...
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Brittany
Special Education Teacher
DotCom Therapy has been extremely beneficial for students who need speech-language services. The DotCom team individually plans each session to meet the needs of the students. Therapy sessions conveniently fit into daily schedules, allowing for students to get the extra support from a licensed therapist. I would highly recommend DotCom Therapy to anyone looking for excellent individually structured speech therapy on a flexible schedule. ...
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Kris
Special Education Teacher
I am a teacher in Chefornak, Alaska. I live in a remote area of Western Alaska, where the only way in or out of our village is by plane, or boat in the summertime. That said, I must also say that medical and educational services are hard to come by at times. For instance, my village has a medical clinic, but we do not have nurses or doctors. Our health needs are taken care of by nurses aides, for example. Our educational system is much the same way. My village has a school staffed with certified teachers, but we do not have the luxury of having a speech therapist on staff, as many schools do in the lower 48. What does help our school is DotCom Therapy, which is presented to my students every Friday via the internet. My students like to interact with their therapist and they like the new technology of "talking to someone on a computer”. Concerning their speech and language needs, they have all improved due to DotCom Therapy and I am very happy to receive this service each and every week....
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School Administrator
We started DotCom Therapy with one of our students last fall and are very pleased with the results. We were very surprised how quickly our student adjusted to this method of delivery. This student typically displays shyness with new teachers and therapist, but DotCom Therapy seemed to eliminate the initial shyness. Our teachers also benefit from observing these sessions. It gives them the confidence to implement the techniques into their classroom instruction for the student, in turn, expanding the exposure to the much needed therapy. ...
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Deann
Director of Special Education
DotCom Therapy has provided valuable solutions to our need for speech therapy in rural educational settings. The therapists have been extremely professional in providing direct services, evaluations and supervision of staff. Additionally, therapists have a strong background and understanding of the special education process in a school setting. I know they understand the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and the need for proper implementation but most important, as a Director of Special Education, I see that they understand the need for superior and quality services for all students. ...
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Anna
Client
I’m a mother of two and was blown away by DotCom Therapy. I was apprehensive because it was something I hadn’t heard of before. Not only was the session easy to connect to but the therapist was professional, knowledgeable and put me at ease right away. My 5 year old daughter had fun the whole time and was disappointed when it came to an end. I was happy to participate during the meeting and picked up on ways to work on her speech at home. My daughter and I are looking forward to our next visit. Thank you DotCom Therapy! ...
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