Resources for Special Education Leaders

eBooks, Whitepapers and Infographics for Program Directors, Clinicians, Special Educators and Parents




7 Myths About Online Speech Therapy: BUSTED!

To help school administrators and parents understand the “real” impact of online speech therapy and get all the facts of this revolution in education, PresenceLearning developed this free eBook called “7 Myths About Online Speech Therapy: BUSTED!”


5 New Ways to Tackle Tough Challenges in Behavioral and Mental Health Services

School districts around the country have responded to a nationwide wakeup call for greater access to behavioral interventions and mental health services for their students. Evidence shows that this commitment to multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) improves both student and school outcomes. However, this commitment comes with challenges including capacity, skyrocketing caseloads, an overwhelming demand for assessments, a lack of specialized expertise and scheduling conflicts. This new eBook dives into these challenges and explains how online access to highly qualified mental health professionals can help realize returns on their investment in mental health.


Get a Grip on Online OT

Online occupational therapy helps schools address therapist shortages, provides greater flexibility, decreases travel time, and reduces distractions and missed classroom time. But what does it look like? How does it work? And which students can be served online? Our new eBook answers these questions and many more.


Online Special Education Instruction: The New LRE for Today’s Digital Natives

Special education has evolved since the landmark passage of IDEA in 1975, and so have the methods and services for supporting students with special needs. In more recent years, technology has been instrumental in helping students to participate in less restrictive environments. Now, online special education instruction with live teachers offers districts and students even more flexible options for pull-out and push-in scenarios, as well as consultative services in general education support and scaffolding, core instruction in areas of weakness, and functional living skills instruction. This eBook shows you how live, online special education instruction works and how it benefits today’s digital natives.


6 Strategies to Build Better Readers

Instilling a sense of fun can help create a life-long love of reading. We know that early language and literacy skills form the foundation for success throughout school. But how can adults help those pre-readers develop a love of reading? In this eBook, Dr. Shari Robertson shares strategies for involving young children in reading, and making the experience stress free for kids and adults alike. Ideal for parents, teachers, early interventionists and SLPs!


Take It From Temple: 5 Tips for Working with Children with Autism

Ever rising rates of ASD combined with overburdened school systems and and the Common Core’s emphasis on language and communications skills have created an even greater sense of urgency for educators and families to find the best strategies to help students with autism reach their potential in the classroom and in their lives. This eBook provides practical advice from one of autism’s greatest advocates.


White Papers


Dialogues on Change

In 2015, more than 30,000 special education leaders, teachers, parents, and related services professionals registered for our spring, summer, and fall webinar series. Throughout the year, we explored the need for change in education: change in the ways we manage classrooms, change in the ways we collaborate with families and our peers in general education, and change in the ways we support our students’ mental and emotional needs. After each webinar, we sat down with our speakers to discuss top questions from the audience. This new paper combines these conversations in one downloadable resource.


5 Legal Dos and Don’ts for Staying Out of Due Process in Special Education

Innocent mistakes and casual remarks can turn into a big legal headache for your district. In this paper, Julie Weatherly, Esq. provides must-read advice for everyone on your staff involved in developing and implementing IEPs. Practical advice, real-world cases and sample scenarios will help you and your team develop strategies to avoid these errors.


Transforming Special Education in a Challenging Fiscal Environment

Over $100 billion is spent on special education annually, and various policies and mandates have increased this cost at the expense of investments in general education. Yet statistics continue to show discouraging results for students in special education. Based on a talk by Peter Bittel, co-founder and CEO of the Futures HealthCore, and Dr. Nicholas Young, Superintendent of South Hadley Public Schools, this white paper presents practical strategies for superintendents for staffing, service delivery and budgeting to create meaningful change in their districts.


Legal Pitfalls

Ensuring legal compliance in special education programs can be particularly difficult to maintain. That’s why PresenceLearning has developed this new white paper on the five legal pitfalls every SPED leader must avoid. Presented by Charles Weatherly of the Weatherly Law Firm, the white paper can help you anticipate shifts in state and federal policy to avoid legal action.


Getting to the Core of the Common Core

Oral language is at the very core of the Common Core. In this new white paper, leading communications disorder expert Maryellen Rooney Moreau discusses the expanding role of the SLP in developing literacy, the implications of CCSS for Tier II interventions, how developmental interventions map to CCSS and how SLPs can help bridge social communications and academic skills gaps.


Managing Workloads in a Caseload-Driven World

Consultations, meetings, assessments, planning, reporting and myriad other tasks comprise a therapist’s workload. This white paper by education leaders and workload experts Barbara Moore, Ed.D, CCC-SLP, and Judy Rudebusch, Ed.D, CCC-SLP presents the case for taking a workload approach in managing resources that benefits staff – and student outcomes.


Getting Smarter About SPED: A Conversation with Tom Vander Ark About Blended Learning Decisions and Implications

Blended learning offers exciting new opportunities for students and schools, including self-paced instruction, individualization and specialized instruction from a distributed workforce. Education leader Tom Vander Ark describes these benefits and more while leading a discussion about implementing blended learning and its effects on special education.



Quick Guide! HOT Questions, COOL Answers About Online Therapy

Though online therapy is a rapidly growing option that helps school districts around the country serve their students with special needs, many educators have questions about how online speech therapy, occupational therapy and counseling actually work. This new guide answers the questions we hear most frequently as we talk to districts about new ways to provide high quality services, alleviate high caseloads and improve transparency and efficiency. This is a great resource to share with your colleagues who are unfamiliar with online therapy.




Face-to-Face with Online Therapy

Online therapy is becoming increasingly common across the country and districts look for new and flexible ways for their students to have access to qualified speech therapists, occupational therapists and school counselors, as well as to better balance caseloads for existing staff. This infographic answers common questions that educators, clinicians and parents have about this delivery option and all of its possibilities. Feel free to share with your colleagues!


7 Steps for Concerned Parents

The PresenceLearning Trail Map for Parents provides clarity by outlining the seven major milestones in getting help for your child from getting a referral for an evaluation through treatment and ongoing re-evaluation as developmental goals are met.


5 Legal Dos and Don’ts Infographic

Innocent mistakes in the development and implementation of educational programs for students with disabilities can and do turn into costly legal issues for school districts. Our newest infographic summarizes a number of Dos and Don’ts for you and your staff regarding the predetermination of placement (a definite Don’t!), focusing on the individual, IEP meeting attendees, and including content, accountability and outcomes in IEPs.


How Does Online Special Education Instruction Work?

New infographic! Learn how online special education academic instruction works for pull-out and push-in scenarios, as well as consultative services in general education support and scaffolding, core instruction in areas of weakness, and functional living skills instruction.


Facts and Fiction About Special Education Evaluations

Evaluations can cause confusion and consternation in any special education department. Not only is the sheer volume overwhelming, a number of myths persist that lead to additional work, legal issues and communication problems with parents. This new infographic by PresenceLearning’s Director of Behavioral and Mental Health Services Stephanie Dahlke, Ed.S., NCSP, separates the facts from the fiction about evaluations for you and your team.