For at least a decade, districts have endured a continuing shortage of SLPs. Mike McLaughlin, superintendent of John Swett USD in CA, explains how he addressed his district’s SLP shortage using PresenceLearning online speech therapy services.
Accelerating costs are driving school districts to look for new ways to deliver special ed services. Clinton-Massie Public Schools in Ohio adopted PresenceLearning online speech therapy services to improve their level of service while helping to control costs.
Speech therapy is a valuable service that a school can provide to those with problems communicating verbally, and its effects can last a lifetime. On the other hand, it’s expensive, particularly for a small district to provide. PresenceLearning can cut the costs and complexity associated with individualized online speech therapy sessions that can be scheduled at home or at school. It’s aimed at K-through-12 students.
Telepractice offers a promising solution to the ongoing SLP shortage by enabling practitioners to conduct live therapy sessions with clients using real-time videoconferencing. SLPs who want to practice in multiple states must complete licensure in each state where they will be serving students, a process that could be substantially streamlined by license portability.
PresenceLearning, provider of live online speech therapy services to K-12 students, has been adopted by charter school organizations such as Aspire, Imagine, Leadership Public Schools, Mosaica, Thomas Edison and Ballington Academy to deliver speech-language therapy services to their special education students.