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 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 ￫
Rural Georgia School District Adopts Online Speech Therapy
December 4, 2013 | School CIO
Fannin County Schools in Blue Ridge, GA, has selected PresenceLearning to provide online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students. The district now has approximately 30 students in grades K-8 using online speech therapy.
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Fowler USD has Success with Online Speech Therapy
October 29, 2013 | Getting Smart
Many schools, especially those serving rural communities, have experienced difficulty providing speech-language therapy solutions. Read more ￫