Press Releases – PresenceLearning

Schools, districts, and service agencies nationwide honored for their standout use of online therapy, organizational leadership, and improved student outcomes SAN FRANCISCO, September 26, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, has recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide as winners in their 4th annual Awards of Excellence. Throughout last school year, these exemplary organizations helped drive improved student outcomes through their use of online therapy services for students with special needs while displaying outstanding organizational leadership and teamwork. The winners of the 4th annual PresenceLearning Awards of Excellence are: Barstow Unified School District in Barstow, CA (online speech-language therapy) Byng Public Schools in Byng, OK (online occupational therapy) Caledonia North Supervisory Union in Lyndonville, VT (online occupational therapy, online occupational therapy screenings, and online occupational therapy assessments) A Cooperative Educational Service Agency in Wisconsin (online speech-language therapy, online occupational therapy, and supervision of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants) Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, CA (online speech-language therapy) Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Schools in Gibbon, MN (online speech-language therapy) Hendry School District in LaBelle, FL (online speech-language therapy) Hinsdale School District in Hinsdale, NH (online speech-language therapy, online speech-language assessments, and online psychoeducational assessments) Moses Lake School…

Multi-Tiered System of Supports expert Dr. Jeanne Wanzek to lead the second webinar in the “Blueprints for Success” series on Tuesday, October 26, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO, September 20, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is hosting its second “Blueprints for Success: Interventions That Really Work” webinar to provide special educators with research-based guidance about planning and designing interventions for elementary students struggling with reading. The webinar, titled “Making it Real: RTI and MTSS for Reading and Reading Interventions,” will be led by Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) expert Dr. Jeanne Wanzek on Tuesday, October 26, 2017 at 10 am Pacific time (1 pm Eastern time). To register for the free, 90-minute webinar, visit: https://www.presencelearning.com/sped-ahead-webinar/making-it-work-rti-and-mtss-for-reading-and-reading-interventions/. During the webinar, Dr. Wanzek will provide special educators with guidance on interventions that help students with disabilities acquire literacy skills early in their academic career. By participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to: ● Contrast the efficacy of core reading instruction and reading interventions for students with disabilities ● Identify sustainable organizational approaches to improve results from reading interventions ● Show ways to intensify reading interventions including content and instructional delivery elements ● Work…

Schools can now collect reimbursement funds for implementing online speech-language therapy services, like those provided by PresenceLearning SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, 2017 – Just in time for the 2017-18 school year, New Jersey has decided to allow schools and districts across New Jersey to request Medicaid reimbursement for their use of online speech-language therapy services like those provided by PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers. These reimbursed funds are crucial to schools and districts who can apply the funds to a variety of programming, including afterschool programs, early education initiatives, school climate and behavior initiatives and more. “New Jersey just notched up a big win in terms of making sure all children have access to the therapy services they need,” said Clay Whitehead, co-Founder and CEO of PresenceLearning. “This change will get therapy to the kids that need it. It also makes sure that the schools and families can choose the type of service that is best for each kid–online or offline–based on individual circumstances rather than reimbursement regulations. New Jersey is taking an important and impactful step in joining dozens of other states in recognizing that teletherapy is a standard and valuable…

Occupational therapists and therapy assistants can receive credit by attending PresenceLearning’s live SPED Ahead webinars SAN FRANCISCO, August 8, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, has recently been named an approved provider of continuing education by The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA). As such, occupational therapists and therapy assistants who attend one of PresenceLearning’s free, live SPED Ahead webinars, and complete a post-webinar feedback survey, can receive AOTA continuing education units (CEUs). “We are committed to helping occupational therapists and therapy assistants further their professional growth so that they in turn can further support the students they serve,” said Clay Whitehead, co-founder and CEO of PresenceLearning. “Our SPED Ahead webinars bring together changemakers and thought leaders who provide educators with timely information, best practices, and interventions that truly transform special education.” AOTA’s Approved Provider Program (APP) is designed to promote the quality and relevance of continuing education (CE) activities offered to occupational therapy practitioners. Since its beginning in 2001, the program has grown to more than 250 Approved Providers and is recognized by 31 state licensure boards. To become an AOTA Approved Provider, PresenceLearning – and its SPED Ahead webinars…

ASHA and ABCLLD recognize Dara Rogoff for her advanced knowledge and skills in the area of typical and atypical development of speech and language SAN FRANCISCO, August 1, 2017 – Dara Rogoff, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders (ABCLLD). Rogoff, the product line manager for speech-language and occupational therapy services at PresenceLearning, is one of only 76 speech-language pathologists (SLPs) nationwide to currently hold this certification as a specialist in child language. The Clinical Specialty Certification program provides audiologists and SLPs a formalized credential recognizing advanced knowledge and skills in the area of typical and atypical development of speech and language. It also provides the public with a way to identify practitioners with specialized clinical education and experience. “It is so essential for students with speech and language developmental delays to receive the necessary support services,” said Rogoff. “I am wholeheartedly committed to helping schools and districts provide these services. This certification is a testament to this commitment and the life-changing impact I believe therapy can have with students.” Approval as a Board Certified Specialist is…

New Fall 2017 series kicks off Tuesday, September 19, 2017 with behavioral management expert Dr. Howie Knoff SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is launching a free, three-part webinar series this fall for special education leaders and clinicians. The series, “Blueprints for Success: Interventions That Really Work,” will highlight evidence-based behavioral management, reading intervention, and differentiated instruction strategies that, when implemented accurately and thoroughly, are proven to help students in need. The first webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2017, is with international expert on school discipline, classroom management, student self-management, and interventions with behaviorally challenging students, Dr. Howie Knoff. Dr. Knoff will explain how student instruction in social, emotional, and behavioral self-management and other techniques can increase academic outcomes and improve school climate. On Tuesday, October 26, 2017, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) expert Dr. Jeanne Wanzek will lead the second webinar of the series. Focusing on research-based guidance, Dr. Wanzek will help administrators and clinicians understand how to plan and design interventions for students struggling with reading in elementary grades. Differentiated instruction expert Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson will lead the final webinar on Tuesday, November…

Telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers recognized in Best Solution for Special Needs Students category SAN FRANCISCO, July 5, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, was named a 2017 SIIA CODiE Awards finalist. It was recognized in the Best Solution for Special Needs Students category, which honors the best application specifically designed to benefit students with unique educational needs, including those with physical or learning disabilities, those on the autism spectrum, or those who are gifted and talented in the PreK-12 or higher education markets. “With this honor, we are glad to see SIIA shine a spotlight on how teletherapy is helping special needs students and those who serve them,” said Clay…

Julie Weatherly, Esq. presents top special education legal issues related to students with mental health and discipline challenges during two-hour webinar on July 11, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is delivering a free, two-hour webinar to provide special education leaders and related services providers with timely legal information and expert guidance to prepare them for the 2017-18 school year. Hosted by special education law expert Julie Weatherly, Esq., “Come and Get It! A Legal Update on Discipline and Mental Health Issues for Special Ed Leaders,” will take place on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 starting at 10 am Pacific time (1 pm Eastern time). To register for the webinar, visit: https://www.presencelearning.com/sped-ahead-webinar/come-and-get-it-a-legal-update-on-discipline-and-mental-health-issues-for-special-ed-leaders/ During the webinar, Weatherly will discuss a variety of special education-related legal topics, such as mental health services and student discipline, and present the latest cases and their implications for special education leaders. By attending this webinar, participants will be able to: Apply up-to-date legal strategies to ensure that students with mental health issues are not denied Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Describe the latest legal strategies and cases regarding disciplinary practices for students with…

Amended legislation opens the door for schools to use online therapy services like those provided by PresenceLearning SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2017 – Effective April 17, 2017, the Tennessee General Assembly passed Senate Bill 195 to allow elementary and secondary schools to collect Medicaid reimbursement funds for telepractice services. This applies to online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral and mental health services like those provided by PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers. “Telepractice makes it possible for districts, regardless of their onsite therapist situation, to provide students with consistent, high-quality therapy services,” said Clay Whitehead, co-Founder and co-CEO of PresenceLearning. “We applaud the Tennessee General Assembly for amending the legislative verbiage because now more schools and districts have access to valuable funds to help them consistently serve their students with special needs.” Like many states, Tennessee is feeling the impact of a nationwide shortage of qualified clinicians, as well as challenges unique to the state, including long commutes to hard-to-reach schools and difficulty attracting professionals to certain areas. Tennessee began providing Medicaid reimbursement for the online delivery of speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral and mental health services in 2014, however, only…

PresenceLearning names six winners for its annual Awards of Excellence SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Pass Christian School District in Pass Christian, MS, as a winner in its 3rd annual Awards of Excellence. The awards program recognizes six educational organizations from across the country for their leadership, teamwork, and outstanding progress in helping students with special needs succeed. Pass Christian School District is committed to providing the best offerings to students so they can be successful, lifelong learners. The district’s hard work paid off this school year as they were one of 16 districts in the state to earn the “A” recognition. However, at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, Pass Christian School District had no district-employed speech-language pathologist (SLP) to work with students on their IEP goals related to speech and language skills. The district’s Director of Special Education and Gifted Program Coordinator Doris Flettrich, asked members of the Southern Six, a cadre of special education directors in the region, for suggestions and learned about PresenceLearning. “There is a national shortage of SLPs,” said Flettrich. “Schools are competing to recruit SLPs who…

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