Experts Discuss how Districts can Manage SLP Shortage in Free PresenceLearning Webinar

SPED AheadDespite initiatives to recruit and retain qualified professionals, districts nationwide are experiencing shortages of speech and language pathologist (SLP). To help administrators and educators recognize the reasons for the shortages and how to cope with them,PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Understanding and Managing the Growing SLP Shortage” on Thursday, November 8th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit

During the webinar, Cathy Bacon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor at Arizona State University, and Karen Roth, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University, will discuss their insights on the reasons for the shortage, as well as what districts can do to ensure that students receive the services they need. The panelists will share creative short- and long-term strategies to battle the SLP shortage and its effect on districts.

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By attending the webinar, participants will learn:

  • The differences between classroom teacher recruitment/retention and speech-language pathology recruitment/retention needs.
  • The reasons for the speech-language pathologist shortages related to information in the 2011 ASHA Schools Survey.
  • The updated state recruitment strategies for attracting and retaining speech-language pathologists in school settings.
  • The long- and short-term strategies for better utilization of the SLP’s specialized skills within a framework of Common Core Standards.

This webinar is the seventh in a series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, entitled “SPED Ahead: New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are re-thinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology services, are delivered.

About Cathy Bacon
Cathy Bacon is the Clinical Professor at Arizona State University. Cathy has lead efforts in Arizona to find solutions to the SLP shortage. She coordinates a program to train SLPs for Arizona’s schools and leads ASU’s Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate Program, which provides clinical coursework and training to undergraduate speech and hearing majors.

About Karen Roth
Karen Roth is the Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University. Karen has worked as a SLP in school districts across three states and has presented nationally on topics related to the SLP shortage including presentations on creative scheduling and collaborative IEP writing. She recently coordinated a workshop for Arizona school-based SLPs regarding the use of SLP-Assistants as a way to address increasing workload demands while preserving the quality of services to students.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of nearly 200 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practice. PresenceLearning delivers large cost savings while improving student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online speech therapy.

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