Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A., CCC-SLP, Vice President of SLP Services at PresenceLearning, offers a plee for telepractice as a solution to the chronic shortage of speech-language pathologists has left K-12 schools and healthcare settings in many parts of the United States struggling to provide speech therapy services.
PresenceLearning, provider of live online speech therapy services to K-12 students, has partnered with Go Solutions Group, Inc., provider of special education data management and Medicaid reimbursement services to school districts, to help facilitate access to its services for districts with under-served populations.
PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy services to K-12 students, was recently named a Cool Tool winner for special needs in the EdTech Digest Awards. The awards program debuted in 2011 and honors products and individuals for their outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.
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.