PresenceLearning Provides Parents With Online Occupational and Speech Therapy to Help Kids Progress

PresenceLearning Provides Parents With Online Occupational and Speech Therapy to Help Kids Progress

Redefined Speech and Occupational Therapy Services Change the Lives of Families of Children with Special Needs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 30, 2013 – PresenceLearning, the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy services for K-12 students, today announced the availability of its occupational and speech-language therapy services to parents and guardians of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s innovative online speech and occupational therapy platform has, until now, exclusively provided schools with web-based access to a nationwide network of highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) who are available whenever and where ever they are needed and now today parents can access these resources as well.

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With over 400 carefully selected therapists delivering one-on-one therapy to students via its online platform, PresenceLearning ensures that you can get access to great OTs or SLPs regardless of any schedule or location constraints you might have. PresenceLearning has completed more than 200,000 interactive, two-way video therapy sessions online, making web-based therapy practical, affordable and convenient for schools, school districts and now families of children with special needs.

“Parents come to us and tell us their therapy stories every day,” said Clay Whitehead, co-CEO and co-founder of PresenceLearning.  “We often hear from people who are having trouble finding a therapist who is available at a time that works for their schedule, much less knowing if the therapist gets results. At PresenceLearning we are individually matching children with therapists from the convenience of the home, updating parents on their children’s progress and sharing evidence-based practices that they can use to accelerate this progress to make therapy centered around the child and the family rather than the other way around.”

PresenceLearning is a straightforward and stress-free experience for parents and guardians. In addition to providing parents with the ability to observe live sessions, PresenceLearning also sends regular reports from their OT, detailing progress made, current activities and stages as well as tips and advice on how to work with their child outside of school and therapy sessions.

PresenceLearning’s speech and occupational therapy sessions aim to give students the tools and confidence they need when diagnosed with cases of autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, speech or language impairment and sensory processing disorders. With the ability to work with on-site aides and learning coaches, PresenceLearning therapists can ensure that the student is engaged and getting the most out of sessions that are directly related to developing functional skills related to sensory processing.

“Every child learns differently, especially a child that has special needs,” said Tom Vander Ark, author of “Getting Smart: How Digital Leaning is Changing the World” and CEO of Getting Smart, a learning advocacy firm. “PresenceLearning is a remarkable service that not only offer parents access to the best occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists in the nation, but it also builds a conducive therapy session by enabling kids to work from the comfort of their own home.”

PresenceLearning not only aids parents in their search for the best therapists for their kids but also empowers its therapists with a multitude of resources including its library of age-appropriate games and activities based on the latest therapeutic best practices. Additionally, PresenceLearning connects its enrolled therapists in a private online community where they can share best practices, offer advice and help fellow therapists identify new and different ways to work towards goals.

During the 2013-14 school year, PresenceLearning will conduct more than 200,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students and now offers online occupational services as well. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of over 300 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices. PresenceLearning expands access to highly trained, fully licensed experts and helps improve 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 and online occupational therapy.