In the News

Rural Mississippi District Uses Online Speech-Language Professionals To Fill in Gaps

March 13, 2015 | THE Journal

Stone County School District in Wiggins, Mississippi needed an additional SLP to serve its 2,800 students across four schools. To fill this staffing gap, the district partnered with PresenceLearning to provide live, online speech therapy with a fully licensed and certified speech-language pathologist (SLP). The district also recognizes online speech therapy as an additional avenue of professional development for its onsite staff to learn new techniques and to share ideas.



Solving the school therapist shortage

March 5, 2015 | District Administration

A shortage of speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists affects school districts, families and children all across the United States. Rural areas can be particularly hard hit, where licensed clinicians may have to drive several hours to see a student — that is, when a district can even find a clinician to hire. Today’s special education leaders are solving this problem with telepractice, where a portion or even all students requiring services see a therapist online. A number of districts share their experiences.



Southwest Kansas Co-Op Selects PresenceLearning

February 20, 2015 | EdNET Insight

When a nationwide shortage of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) resulted in recruiting challenges, high caseloads, and overworked clinicians leaving the district, Southwest Kansas Area Cooperative District 613 began to look at online speech therapy as a solution. Following a trial period between PresenceLearning and another provider of online therapy, the district selected PresenceLearning as a long-term solution to serve its students with special needs.



K-12 Dealmaking: Fuel Education, PresenceLearning to Focus on Online Special Needs Services

February 6, 2015 | Education Week

6.4 million students in the United States require special education services; however, budget cutbacks and a shortage of qualified special education teachers, speech and occupational therapists, and mental and behavioral health professionals prevent students across the country from receiving the support they need. To meet this demand, PresenceLearning and Fuel Education have partnered to provide online special education services to schools and families.



Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Recommends Telepractice to Address SLP Shortage

February 1, 2015 | ischoolguide

The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) recently announced its recommendation and guidelines for online speech therapy (also know as telepractice and telespeech) to address the shortage of speech-language pathologists (SLPs). PresenceLearning provides online speech therapy to more than a dozen schools, districts and cooperative educational service agencies (CESAs) in Wisconsin, including Sparta Area School District, Tomah Area School District, Lake Mills Area School District, Rural Virtual Academy, Chequamegon School District, CESA 3, CESA 4, CESA 5, and CESA 9.



Adams County students get national award

January 9, 2015 | The Ledger Independent

Adams County Ohio Valley School District has received an Award of Excellence from PresenceLearning in recognition of the progress made against IEP goals by the district’s students with special needs receiving online speech therapy. The district’s students performed in the top 10 of 1,000 schools served by PresenceLearning.



School district contracts with online therapy provider

January 6, 2015 | Canyon Courier

Shortages of speech therapists and occupational therapists affect states and districts nationwide. Jeffco Public Schools will begin outsourcing some of these services to PresenceLearning in a contract approved by the school board in December.



Helping Special-Needs Kids With High-Tech Therapy

November 14, 2014 | Inc.

Co-CEO and Co-Founder of PresenceLearning, Clay Whitehead, relates how his and Co-Founder Jack Lynch’s personal experiences with special needs fostered a firsthand understanding of the needs of this population, leading to the founding of the company. In this interview with Leigh Buchanan, he describes the company’s vision, early challenges and rapid growth since its founding in 2009.



100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area 2014

October 15, 2014 | San Francisco Business Times

With 794.4 percent growth from 2011 to 2013, PresenceLearning is the ninth fastest growing private company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Staying dedicated to its mission of unlocking the potential of students with special needs students has driven growth for the company and helped it to focus on what’s important, pass on opportunities that were not right, and to attract and retain the best team.



New PresenceLearning Guide Provides a Blueprint for States as they Advocate for Medicaid Reimbursement for Telepractice in Schools

October 7, 2014 | eSchool News

Online therapy helps to provide equal access to highly skilled therapists for rural, urban and low-income school districts who may not otherwise be able to provide quality resources to their students with special needs. Outdated Medicaid reimbursement policies in most states, however, have slowed adoption of this method of service delivery. A new guide by PresenceLearning provides state Medicaid directors with a blueprint to create necessary change.