We were having difficulty hiring additional SLPs and our existing on-the-ground SLPs were already experiencing high caseloads across the board
I think PresenceLearning online occupational therapy is a wonderful program. These children respond really well to computers and technology, and with the right therapist on the other side, students are totally engaged.
Although Georgia does not currently provide Medicaid reimbursement for telepractice, the district paid for the services out-of-pocket and still saw financial benefits over contracting with an SLP through a staffing agency or hiring an on-site SLP.
"PresenceLearning is wonderful to work with. Our online occupational therapist keeps very good records. You can tell in a heartbeat where the student was a week ago and where they are now as far as progress."
“Once PresenceLearning was on board and started delivering services, not only did the [initially hesitant] family exclusively request online speech therapy, they worked with Commonwealth Connections to increase the level of services for their youngest child from once a month to four times a month.” Arlene Moll, Project Administrator of the Student Services Team at CAIU
“Watching the online therapy sessions, it is amazing to see just how engaged the students are. We can tell they are doing good work because the online SLP has a great rapport with students and students are so at ease her.” Sommer Jones, Director of Special Education and Student Services at Synergy Academies
“While there was some skepticism at first about switching to online speech therapy, we have been truly impressed with what we’ve seen. More so than ever, students are excited to go to their therapy sessions. The students remain engaged throughout the whole session because of the high level of interaction with their therapist from PresenceLearning.” Glenda Robinson-Scott, Supervisor of Special Education at MHPSAS
"We have received very positive feedback on the quality of therapy, the amount of student improvement and the amount of information to which parents have access."
“ Having the capability to search through a large bank of therapists to find specialized expertise in a particular area is definitely a strong point.”
"I’ve seen the quality and effectiveness of online speech therapy; I am now a firm advocate for online therapy.”
“With the growth in the number of students coming into the district who qualify for special education, our RtI program is more important than ever and PresenceLearning is providing the flexibility and help we need to implement our RtI strategies.” - Peggy Jadack, Director of Pupil Services at Sparta Area School District
“This partnership has allowed school systems to become more innovative in the delivery of services and allows some counties to provide the extra services needed for their caseloads.” - Pam Chmelik, Director of Special Needs at Benton County School District.
"PresenceLearning allows us to serve a portion of our students with special needs without having to overload our SLPs." - Kristy Chapman, Special Education Director of the Union County Board of Education
"PresenceLearning has turned out to be a great resource for our district." - Eric Cederquist, Superintendent
"PresenceLearning is working really well for us. The kids like it and the parents like the progress their kids are making." - Trisha Vais, Director, Trivium Charter School
"It's a great service. It can absolutely work and we've seen great results. Students definitely make progress and it has lightened the loads for on-site SLPs. I wouldn't hesitate to say it is highly recommended." - Erika Bare, Special Education Teacher, Medford School District Office
"PresenceLearning has ﬁlled a signiﬁcant gap in ﬁnding speech pathologists" - Ms. Vicki Shadd, Director of SELPA/Student Services for Glenn County Ofﬁce of Education
"It's nice to not have to worry about the HR side of things - no recruiting, no interviews, no screening---it's very clean and smooth. I just call and say, 'I need a speech therapist' and I get one that knows what she is doing." - Grace Jimenez, School Director, Ballington Academy for Arts and Sciences
"I've been very impressed during our IEP meetings with the PresenceLearning SLPs---they've done great data collection and know the kids really well." - Kristin Hirschmann, Special Services Program Director
"I would recommend it to other schools in a heartbeat. I'd say, 'Stop what you're doing and use Presence.'" - Angie Guterres, Provider Coordinator for Special Services, California Virtual Academies