Leading Charter School Organizations Offer Students Live Online Speech Therapy


PresenceLearning addresses charter schools’ unique challenge of providing access to quality speech-language pathology services

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29, 2011 – PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com), the leading 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. PresenceLearning is now delivering more than 5,000 live sessions per month to students in charter, virtual and traditional public schools across 16 states.

“Charter schools face unique challenges when it comes to serving special education students,” said Clay Whitehead, one of the co-founders of PresenceLearning. “As part of the public school system, charter schools are fully accountable for providing special education services and complying with IEPs, but their smaller scale means they have different needs and requirements compared to traditional districts. Leveraging PresenceLearning allows charters to grow in their unique missions while successfully serving a more diverse student population.”

Ms. Grace Jiminez, School Director at Ballington Academy of Arts and Sciences (www.ballingtonacademy.org), a charter school in southern California, says “We have found PresenceLearning and their services to be very friendly, accessible and effective. Also, it’s nice to not have to worry about the HR side of things – no recruiting, no interviews, no screening – it’s very clean and smooth. PresenceLearning saves us money and delivers excellent quality.”

Over the past year, a growing number of organizations have adopted PresenceLearning’s live online therapy services, including dozens of traditional school districts and many virtual academy and charter school management groups. In the face of continuing budget challenges, as well as chronic shortages of SLPs in many areas, schools are realizing significant cost savings with PresenceLearning while also seeing better IEP outcomes for their students.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services (also known as telepractice) for K-12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of over 100 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices. 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 telepractice.


Katie Povejsil, Vice President of Marketing, PresenceLearning

Christine Allman, Public Relations for PresenceLearning