PresenceLearning’s online early childhood services expand the ability of schools and districts to deliver services and interventions to children under the age of 5. SLPs, OTs, and behavioral and mental health professionals work with children online and consult with families and caregivers.
Hinsdale School District in Hinsdale, NH, first contracted with PresenceLearning for online speech therapy services for a 6 week engagement in 2014. The district has worked with PresenceLearning ever since. Julie Fenrich, director of special services and middle/high school special education coordinator at Hinsdale, describes seamless cooperation during the initial setup and positive interactions with the online SLP assigned to the district.
Moses Lake School District in Washington was a recipient of PresenceLearning’s annual Award of Excellence for the 2016-2017 school year for outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. 27 students in elementary and middle school receive live, online occupational therapy from PresenceLearning.
Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona received the PresenceLearning Award of Excellence for the 2016-2017 school year for its stellar leadership and partnership in helping students with special needs succeed through the use of live, online speech and occupational therapy. Approximately 120 students in grades K-8 receive these services from PresenceLearning.
Dr. Lori Desautels, expert on neuroscience, trauma, and special education, and presenter on PresenceLearning’s SPED Ahead webinar forum for special education leaders and clinicians was interviewed by PresenceLearning co-founder and CEO Clay Whitehead. The two discussed neuroscience, the importance of teaching students about their brains, and stress reduction techniques.
There is a shortage of qualified school-based speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and mental health professionals in many states. Telepractice helps alleviate these shortages by making these clinicians available online in areas that may otherwise struggle to be served. The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed an amendment to Senate Bill 195 enabling schools be be reimbursed by Medicaid for these services provided via telepractice, which were previously reimbursable in Tennessee only in managed care organizations and school-based health clinics.
Peggy Jadack, the director of pupil services for Sparta Area School District in Sparta, Wisconsin, shares her blueprint for buy-in and success with online speech therapy.
Clay Whitehead, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of PresenceLearning, was recently interviewed about building a lasting company culture.
The PresenceLearning webinar “New Insights for Building Disability Pride and Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities” by LeDerick Horne and Margo Izzo was featured in Class Tech Tips. The webinar takes place on March 30. Horne and Izzo will share personal stories, evidence-based practices, case studies, and ideas for helping students connect to positive role models, build on their assets, and advocate for the services they are required to receive.
PresenceLearning announced the six winners of its 3rd annual Awards of Excellence, which recognizes leadership, teamwork, and outstanding student progress. The winners are: Barstow Unified School District in Barstow, CA; Central Kansas Cooperative in Education in Salina, KS; Easterseals Academy in Rockford, IL; Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District in Newman, CA; Pass Christian School District in Pass Christian, MS; and Randolph Academy Union Free School District in Randolph, NY.