PresenceLearning Gains Traction with Virtual Schools
Live online speech therapy service helps virtual schools meet the needs of diverse learners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 7, 2011 – PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com), the leading provider of live online speech therapy services to K-12 students, provides services to more than 20 online schools across the U.S. for their special education students.
“Virtual schools have found our service very helpful for their highly distributed populations of students requiring speech therapy,” said Clay Whitehead, one of the co-founders of PresenceLearning. “Virtual school organizations have discovered that PresenceLearning enables them to broaden their reach to students with special needs and cost-effectively deliver the speech-language therapy they need to be academically successful.”
Over the past year, PresenceLearning’s online therapy services have been adopted by a growing number of educational organizations, including dozens of traditional school districts, charter school management groups and many virtual academies such as the California Virtual Academy (CAVA), Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA) and Mosaica. PresenceLearning now delivers more than 5,000 speech therapy sessions monthly to students nationwide. In the face of continuing budget pressures and chronic shortages of speech language pathologists in many areas, educational organizations are realizing significant cost savings with PresenceLearning while also seeing better outcomes for their students.
Angie Guterres, California Virtual Academies’ Provider Coordinator for Special Services struggled for years to find speech-language pathologists to serve their widely dispersed student population. “It was incredibly frustrating and expensive,” she says.
After years of difficulty, Guterres learned of PresenceLearning’s live online speech therapy services. “I found out that telepractice is both approved and proven,” she says. “It’s been fantastic. The response from our special ed teachers has been very positive. Parents and students love the therapists and the highly visual and interactive computer-based platform.” She estimates that CAVA saved tens of thousands of dollars in the first year and she has expanded the program to several hundred students this year. “I would recommend it to other schools in a heartbeat. I’d say, ‘Stop what you’re doing and use 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 nationwide network of 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.
About The California Virtual Academies
The California Virtual Academies use the K¹² curriculum to offer California students in grades K–12 an exceptional learning experience. California Virtual Academies (CAVA) operates publicly funded online charter schools, serving roughly 13,000 K-12 students across the state. Founded in 2002, CAVA has grown adept at delivering individualized learning experiences to a diverse and widely dispersed student body beyond the walls of a typical school. www.k12.com/cava