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With a new school year approaching, it has been reported that more students with special needs are choosing to stay in public schools.  This increases the financial burden on school districts to meet demand and provide services to kids with special needs. With federal funding only able to cover a fraction of costs of special education, school officials and teachers fear that they’re not fully equipped to serve students with special needs. For parents with children with special needs in public schools, this is undoubtedly alarming. The choice of sending your child to public school may have been to make sure he or she develops in as “normal” circumstances as possible. Whatever the criteria for education may be, it is important that parents are fully aware of the options available.   Charter Schools – More and more charter schools have been investing in more resources dedicated exclusively to serving children with special needs and especially cost effective speech therapy solutions. Similar to public schools, most are free to attend and choose incoming pupils via lottery. However unlike public schools and other options, charter schools can allow students to attend school on a unique schedule and may have technology centers focused on…

Last November, PresenceLearning was adopted by charter school organizations such as Thomas Edison and Ballington Academy to deliver speech-language therapy services to their special needs students. Since then, public schools have opted to continue to handle the disproportionate costs of educating children with special needs while many charter schools have realized that there many benefits of online speech therapy beyond preserving financial resources. In a special report on virtual education and special populations published last August, Education Week discovered that students with special needs were unable to concentrate in a classic classroom environment. From the anxiety associated with answering questions from teachers to socializing with other classmates, many students with special needs were often overwhelmed. The go-to alternative for parents was to send their child to charter schools to participate in speech therapy online as well as other live online speech therapy services. For students, to be able to learn from the comfort of your home and communicate directly with your teachers has been an overall positive experience. Source: Education Week

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