SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2016 – PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live, online clinical services, is pleased to introduce a pioneering new service that schools can use to evaluate students with areas of concern: psychoeducational assessments administered live and online by fully credentialed school psychologists. An exclusive agreement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) authorizes PresenceLearning as the only remote provider of the Woodcock-Johnson® IV (WJ IV) Cognitive and Achievement batteries. The WJ IV is used to determine a student’s strengths and weaknesses for intervention and/or eligibility for special education.
“Schools constantly tell us that no matter how hard they try, they aren’t able to deliver assessments for children with cognitive and academic challenges in a timely way. This is a huge concern for families and schools as delayed assessments have a big impact on children during critical years of their development. The reception for a new, clinically validated option to deliver these services faster has been phenomenal,” said Clay Whitehead, co-Founder and co-CEO of PresenceLearning. “In partnership with HMH, we conducted a rigorous, independently verified study that demonstrated that live, online administration of cognitive and achievement tests by credentialed school psychologists using our secure platform produces equivalent results as traditional, on-site administration.”
The WJ IV test batteries are ideal for identifying individuals’ patterns of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and provide comprehensive assessment of reading, writing, and math skills. Using PresenceLearning’s live, online therapy environment, WJ IV tests are administered via secure, interactive video by licensed school psychologists, helping schools conduct initial, re-evaluation, and triennial assessments quickly and effectively.
“Web-based delivery of these services has the potential to increase access to cognitive assessments, particularly in underserved communities. The research is clear, and our work with PresenceLearning will bring these important tools to a wider range of educators, enabling greater choice and flexibility,” said HMH’s Dr. Mark Ledbetter, Vice-President of Clinical Product Development.
In addition to psychoeducational assessments, PresenceLearning offers a wide range of assessments for speech-language, occupational therapy, and behavior and mental health, including: articulation, expressive and receptive language, fluency, and pragmatics; fine motor, visual motor, and sensory integration; and emotional disturbance, or other health impairment. Assessments and screenings for 504 eligibility, intervention planning, and pre-referral for at-risk students can also be performed by PresenceLearning’s experienced online clinicians.
Available for the 2016-2017 school year, PresenceLearning is delivering psychoeducational assessments with a large and growing network of trained, experienced school psychologists. Watch a video that explains how it works HERE. Schools can request more information here or by emailing [email protected]
For more information about psychoeducational assessments and other online assessments offered by PresenceLearning, please visit the company’s web site.
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leader in the delivery of clinical services via telehealth. PresenceLearning has provided over one million sessions of live, online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral interventions and mental health services, diagnostic services and assessments, and early childhood services for children with special needs. In 2016, PresenceLearning expanded to serving patients in healthcare organizations with allied health services delivered via telemedicine.