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Occupational therapy for special-needs students moves online

A young girl sits at a computer, wearing headphones. Her image appears in a box on the left side of the screen, and above it she can see the smiling face of her female instructor. On the main part of the screen is a black-and-white drawing of a girl performing an exercise called the “side-step

Murray Schools using online speech therapy

The Murray County school system is using PresenceLearning for speech therapy. The company is based out of San Francisco, California and provides speech therapists online. Allison Oxford with the school system is excited about the program and said the Murray schools are one of the first to use the program in Georgia. “PresenceLearning is web-based

TN School District Shares Research of Online Speech Therapy Services with Fellow Districts

As part of a grant received for Assistive Technology, the Benton County Board of Education in Camden, Tenn., has partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, in the delivery of online speech and language services. The parameters of the grant call for Benton County to investigate new and innovative programs

Speech Therapy For Students From Afar

For several years, Harrison School District 2, like many other districts, has had difficulty finding and keeping licensed speech-language pathologists, explained Deirdre Shearer, D-2 special programs coordinator. “They are often difficult to keep,” she said. They must have a master’s degree and at least a year of clinical experience and generally earn $50,000 to $55,000.

Online Pediatric Occupational Therapy – Your Therapy Source Q&A

Online occupational therapy, in particular, for whatever reason remains to be a hard topic for schools and the special education community to grasp. To address these concerns, Rosemarie Helton participated in a brief Q&A with Your Therapy Source about online occupational therapy and online therapy in general. Rosemarie Helton is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist part.

Despite Bad News, Progress is Possible

[The] potential to improve working conditions and career options for learning professionals is so exciting. Blended schools are staffed by teams that can better support new teachers and better utilize paraprofessionals. Distributed workforce strategies are making it possible for specialists to live and work from anywhere (PresenceLearning [offers] online speech therapy).

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PresenceLearning offers live, online speech therapy, through a nationwide network of hundreds of highly-qualified, fully-licensed therapists. One judge called its use of webinar type technology “groundbreaking,” and thought it was a refreshing use of technology to solve a common problem in schools. As one judge put it, “schools can save time and money, while still

DeSoto County Schools Use Live Online Speech Therapy

To tackle the shortage of highly qualified speech and language pathologists (SLPs) and to better serve students, the School District of DeSoto County in Arcadia, Florida adopted PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The live online speech therapy platform provides the district with access to PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of highly-qualified

Colorado District Adds Online Speech Therapy

A Colorado school district facing a speech-language pathologist (SLP) shortage has partnered with a live online speech therapy provider to ramp up services to more than 120 students. Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, which has about 10,000 students in 25 schools in grades K-12, including more than 1,000 in special education programs, completed a

Giving a Voice to Special Education Kids

As someone who needed extra support learning to read as a child, Clay Whitehead knows firsthand how important it is for special education students to get the additional services to which they are legally entitled. That is one reason why Whitehead is so passionate about PresenceLearning, the startup he cofounded that uses video-conferencing to connect special education