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.
A new eBook by communication intervention and literacy expert Dr. Shari Robertson and PresenceLearning is now available to provide parents, teachers, early interventionists and SLPs with strategies to make reading stress-free and instill a love of reading for pre- and early readers.
This summer, special education leaders will have unlimited access to seven of PresenceLearning’s “greatest hits” webinars and have the opportunity to earn free, ASHA CE credits as well as professional development certificates. The series includes 11 hours of streaming content from Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Barry Prizant, Dr. Shari Roberston, Dr. Alan Coulter, Julie Weatherly, Esq., Dr. Frances Stetson, and Dr. Marty Burns.
Scholastic’s Administrator Magazine recommends PresenceLearning’s new eBook “6 Strategies to Build Better Readers” by literacy expert Dr. Shari Robertson.
PresenceLearning has expanded its online speech therapy and occupational therapy offerings to include online special education instruction. This service is available to school districts for both individuals and small groups, and connects students with fully credentialed special education teachers. Online special education instruction helps alleviate the persistent, nationwide shortage of special education teachers.