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Making a change…

Just wanted to let all my Therap followers know that I will be changing providers as of August 1.  I will be joining Diversified Enterprises in Tifton, GA. If you need my new contact information, just let me know!

By | 2017-07-21T18:25:50+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Making a change…

Individual Home Page – Albums

April Tip of the Month

Did you know you can store important documents and pictures using the Album feature? Under your Individual Home Page tab, Select the individual that you would like to access. Once you have their home page pulled up, click on the Profile listing on the top left (just under their photo). As you scroll down the page, you will see the Go To box on the left hand side with the Album link listed there. You can create albums such as “Important documents” or “2017 photos” that you would like to store for the individual. Keep in mind though that this option does not allow you to search for documents. If you need to store several documents or documents that are consistently updated, you may want to use the document storage module instead. Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!

By | 2017-04-18T19:09:08+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Consistency is Key!!

Consistency is very important when using databases such as Therap. Therap is a wonderful program, however in order to use it to its fullest extent it is important to ensure that you are being as consistent as possible with how data is entered.  A good start is to ensure that saved reports and documents that are scanned into Therap are being titled consistently among programs.   This is the same for all modules and all data that is entered into Therap.   This will assist with pulling information out of the system later to gather information within specific areas.

By | 2017-01-17T02:06:02+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Consistency is Key!!

Making in house training videos quick easy and free.

If you are the in house Therap trainer, or at the very least the person everyone goes to when they want to know how to do that one little thing, you probably wish you had time to do a Power Point full of screen shots or a step by step manual. You have taken different colleagues through the steps many times, but never captured it. Well if you are using Windows 10 you could have already recorded an amazing tutorial to share with everyone.

I struggled with deciding which tool to use to record tutorials. My company has GoToMetting, but not everyone has access to it. We also just started using Skype and you can record Skype maxresdefaultmeetings. The problem with both of those options is they are designed for meetings, you know with another person. I couldn’t bring myself to ask someone to hop on a meeting with me and only ask the appropriate questions so I could get a good training video. I hoped there was an easier way. Taking to google I found several expensive options or solutions with steep learning curves before using the right search terms and stumbling upon Windows 10 Game DVR.

This seems to be something Microsoft did to try and bridge X-Box Live and Windows 10, designed for gamers to record their games and share them with the gaming community. Some of you may know much more about this than I ever will. My video game playing now days mostly involves my 5 year old daughter standing over my shoulder asking me why I am so bad at a game she mastered in an afternoon (Subway Surfers).

Getting started wit2016-12-13h this is as easy as pressing two keys. First open up the browser you use the most often then press the windows key and “g”. A small black box will appear at the bottom of the screen asking if you want to open game bar, it will also ask if this is a game. Check the box next to the “Is this a game?” question. Of course it is not, but windows wants to think it is so we will let it.

After you have enabled this option for your browser you can start a recording session anytime by pressing the windows key and “g” again. You will notice that once Game DVR is enabled in your browser every time you open up a new window you will be prompted to “Pres Win + G to open Game bar”. If this becomes distracting you can choose “Don’t show this again”.

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You are now set up to start recording some great targeted training videos. When you press Win + G the recording controls tool bar will pop up at the bottom of your screen. To start recording press the red dot. While you are recording the red dot turns to a red square that you can press to stop your recording. Also be sure to look at the settings options available by clicking on the gear to the right side of the bar. You may have to enable voice recording.

There are a few important things to note, one being the quality of the sound. You will want to choose the highest quality for the sound. If you can use a USB webcam or mic and place it 5 to 6 inches from your mouth, you will get better audio. If you use the webcam on your laptop you will need an environment with almost no background noise. Also you will want to be able to find your recordings after you finish them. By default your recording will be in This PC > Videos > Captures. They are in MP4 format, which is playable with most media players. Windows Media Player is probably your default, but you can change it to iTunes or other media players. To transfer your videos easily you probably want to stick with something that is 10 minutes or less. I recorded a 7 minute, 37 second video that is 560 Mb and a 2 minute, 50 second video and it is 299 Mb. These are both easily transferable and upload quickly. Unfortunately they are too big to email as an attachment with most email servers. I uploaded them to our companies Office 365 Video Channel and our trainer across the state was able to download them to a thumb drive and load them onto computers in the homes. One thing I can’t help you with is listening to your own voice when you review your video. Experts say that most peoples number one fear is public speaking, I think listening to a recording of your own voice is a close second.

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If you have questions, run into any snags, or just want to share your videos with me please use the comment section. Thank You Tom Peterson, D&S Community Services.

By | 2016-12-13T17:00:06+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Training New Therap Users

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I find that some new users feel overwhelmed with new technology. And, those are the ones that I often focus on when training. Tech savvy users follow along, and sometimes scout ahead. The introduction of just the basic functions of Therap, is key to easing newbies into the world of Therap. Start with 1) Login, 2) This is your Dashboard, 3) Left Column you have the *To Do list and * Individual tabs (that’s it, wait to discuss the tabs that follow) 4) Modules *ISP Data * T-Logs 5) S-Comms. I may have simplified it with steps missing in this post, but my point is, do not overwhelm them with too much information. Have them navigate with prompts so that they feel at ease. Before you conclude that first session, suggest that they log in and browse through the system. This alleviates the monster in the closet syndrome (Yes, I just made that up, or did I). When they become familiar with Therap, it doesn’t seem mysterious and scary. Next session, hit them with the other important modules.

By | 2016-11-27T23:35:06+00:00 November 27th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Events, Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment

New Jersey National Conference 2017

I am such a geek and therefore anticipating the Therap National Conference like a child on Christmas. I want to be on top of my game and I plan on devoting time to going over my modules providing relevant dialog about how my agency utilizes the system. My vocational program is also piloting the Employment/Volunteering History Module. I hope to be able to share our experience and learn more at the conference. If anyone is interested in how the use of the module is going for my agency email me @ nndiaye@gwct.org

By | 2016-11-27T23:03:15+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer, Creative, Events, Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on New Jersey National Conference 2017

Meriden CT Therap Training

The recent Therap Training in Meriden CT was pretty good. The first day of the conference 9/27/16, I enjoyed the question and answer set up of most of the classes. By day two, I admittedly was not as invested as day one. The format of classes went back to show and tell. That said, I do look forward to more Trainings and Nerd exchanges, where I can talk Therap Speak and ask more questions. Happy Fall all… I thought I would use my blog more often, so I’m going to try.

By | 2016-11-30T21:32:28+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer, Events, Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Meriden CT Therap Training

Free Webinar: Management Tips for Therap Administrators,Aug 18, 2016 1 PM EDT

We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar on the ways to use Therap to assist with internal communication which will be held on Aug 18, 2016 1 PM EDT. Certified Trainer, Tamela Rystrom, Executive Director of California Community Opportunities, will highlight tips that will allow administrators to keep their hands on the “pulse” on the overall health of the agency, review her agency processes for conducting internal investigations, and much more.

Click here to register.

By | 2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Free Webinar: Management Tips for Therap Administrators,Aug 18, 2016 1 PM EDT

ABLE Act Passed in GA

HB 768, Georgia’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, was passed by the Georgia General Assembly this session and signed into law by Governor Deal on May 3, 2016, thanks to the efforts of a coalition of more than 35 advocacy organizations led by All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) with the assistance of Autism Speaks and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD).

The ABLE Act is a law passed by Congress in December 2014 with strong bipartisan support. It amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow for tax advantaged savings account like the 529 higher education savings accounts we have had in Georgia for many years. The primary purpose of an ABLE account is to allow people with serious disabilities to save for qualified disability expenses without violating the $2,000 asset limits that apply to eligibility for Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and other benefits programs. Thirty-six states have created the legal authority for ABLE account programs.

Reference: All About Developmental Disabilities, Disability Scoop

By | 2016-06-06T16:17:03+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on ABLE Act Passed in GA

Person Centered Excellence

How do we monitor success in the services that we provide? We all enter a lot of data every day into Therap, but how are you using it? Do you look at health care reports to see if a person is gaining or losing weight? Do you monitor how many times the person has been to the doctor with the flu in the past few years? How does the data “speak to you” so that you are providing person centered services to the people you support? Just food for thought…Happy Therap-ing.

By | 2016-11-03T10:15:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Person Centered Excellence