PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live, online clinical services, is pleased to introduce a pioneering new service that schools can use to evaluate students with areas of concern: psychoeducational assessments administered live and online by fully credentialed school psychologists. An exclusive agreement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) authorizes PresenceLearning as the only remote provider of the Woodcock-Johnson® IV (WJ IV) Cognitive and Achievement batteries. The WJ IV is used to determine a student’s strengths and weaknesses for intervention and/or eligibility for special education.
PresenceLearning’s online therapy solution delivers secure, high quality video with a shared therapist-student workspace for speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral interventions. The new platform was designed so that even schools with lower bandwidth can benefit.
Andrew Byrnes has recently joined PresenceLearning to lead legal, compliance, government affairs, human resources, and recruiting initiatives. Prior to PresenceLearning, he was responsible for Shuddle’s legal and regulatory affairs and internal operations, and previously served as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
T.H.E. Journal discusses a number of ways educators can learn about technology to help students with special needs: statewide initiatives, social media, peer training, conferences, and online training, including PresenceLearning’s online professional development webinar program.
Students in every grade level at Rocky Mount Prep Charter School use a blended learning model for their education. Since 2012, the school has worked with PresenceLearning to provide online speech therapy to serve its students with special needs, improving both scheduling and consistency of therapy issues for these students.
Klamath County School District in Oregon is spread over a large geographic area, requiring on-site SLPS to travel 120 miles between schools. The district turned to PresenceLearning to augment its staff as well as to alleviate high travel times. This successful pilot has led to the adoption of online speech therapy for close to 80 students and expansion across elementary, junior, and high schools, as well as private schools and for homeschooled students.
New York-based growth equity firm Catalyst Investors led a $25 million Series C Investment in PresenceLearning, Inc., investing along with existing investors Birchmere Ventures, Blue Heron Capital, Catamount Ventures, and New Markets Venture Partners. PresenceLearning plans continued growth in school-based online speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral and mental health services, while expanding into additional allied health fields and new user populations.
Lone Pine Unified School District in Inyo County, California, uses PresenceLearning online speech therapy as a component in a holistic approach to early intervention and literacy. As Dr. Sean A. Cianfarano, Superintendent, explains, “We have a pretty high percentage of primary kids who have speech issues that are so low it impacts their English language arts. They can’t speak, but they’re supposed to read and write? If they can’t read and write, they can’t be successful. I look at PresenceLearning as a partner with us for literacy more than I do speech. That’s how every school should be approaching it.”
Lone Pine Unified School District, an economically disadvantaged district near the California-Nevada border is beating the odds in student achievement with PresenceLearning online speech therapy combined with its own pre-academic early intervention efforts.
Michigan has joined numerous other states in allowing schools to receive Medicaid reimbursement for online speech therapy, the same as they do for on-site services.