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Michigan Charter School Offers Online Speech Therapy

April 4, 2014 | T.H.E. Journal

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, is now using PresenceLearning to deliver online speech therapy to approximately 60 students in elementary school, middle school and high school. MHPSAS reports breakthroughs for students as well as the ability to base sessions on individual student needs.



boy using PresenceLearning for online speech therapy

New Advances in Special Education

April 1, 2014 | eSchool News

Laura Devaney, Managing Editor of eSchool News, looks at new advances in education technology in the April, 2014 edition (page 32), including online speech therapy. Allison Oxford, director of instructional support services for Georgia’s Murray County schools, explains how PresenceLearning has helped to transform speech therapy in her district by providing high quality, live online speech therapy services, removing the stigma traditionally associated with being called down to the speech room, cutting costs and enhancing existing services.



PA Distance Learning Charter School Adopts Online Speech Therapy

February 26, 2014 | School CIO

PA Distance Learning Charter School, a virtual school in Pennsylvania, moved to online delivery of speech therapy by PresenceLearning for its students with special needs. Jamie Desrochers, Director of Special Education, cites better progress reporting, easier management, and better team and cultural fits over their previous way of delivery therapy via in-home consultants.



Debra Giacolone | Bay Area People

February 21, 2014 | San Francisco Business Times

Debra Giacolone recently joined PresenceLearning as Director of Special Education Services, where she will work with current and prospective customers to develop new live, online services for students with special needs. She was previously the Director of Exceptional Education and Student Services with the School District of DeSoto County in Florida.



Los Angeles Charter School Adopts Online Speech Therapy

February 21, 2014 | T.H.E. Journal

When several high school students began to resist or refuse to attend speech-language therapy at Synergy Academies, Sommer Jones, Director of Special Education and Student Services, investigated and found that the sessions were not well-aligned with students’ IEP goals. She decided to try PresenceLearning’s live online speech therapy with one student. This successful pilot led to wider adoption at the high school and middle school level, with 94% of the students in the program now making good progress against their goals.



Schools Serving Students with Telepractice Deserve Parity in Medicaid Reimbursement

February 10, 2014 | ASHAsphere blog

Nationally, a shortage of speech-language pathologists often prevents children from receiving services they desperately need. Telepractice is thriving and making great strides in solving this problem, and a number of states offer Medicaid reimbursement for these services. However, policies other states have not kept pace. Melissa Jakubowitz outlines the issues and impacts, and provides steps you can take to help.



Pennsylvania Districts Add Online Speech Therapy

January 21, 2014 | T.H.E. Journal

The Capital Area Intermediate Unit (IU), a regional education agency serving 24 districts in south central Pennsylvania, has adopted a new program that allows it to offer online speech therapy services to its districts. The agency works with districts in Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, and northern York counties.



Special Blend: Creating New Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

December 24, 2013 | edtech digest

As blended learning models gain traction, it is important that schools and districts include special education in their strategic plans.  Leaders should think broadly about how using live experts-at-a-distance can help them fill in expertise not available locally to improve outcomes and overall efficiency in serving students with special needs.  Read more →



PresenceLearning Online OT Solution Wins Tech & Learning Award of Excellence

December 19, 2013 | Tech & Learning

Tech & Learning selected PresenceLearning’s online occupational therapy solution for an Award of Excellence, calling it a cost-effective way to fill “a huge need for schools.” Read more →



Taylor County School District Uses Online Speech Therapy to Prevent Students from Missing Class Instruction and Social Opportunities

December 4, 2013 | The Ed Tech Roundup

To make the delivery of speech therapy more consistent, even for those students in remote and private schools, Taylor County School District implemented PresenceLearning this school year. Now 50 K-12 students in both rural and private schools are using the online speech therapy platform after school or at home. Read more →