PresenceLearning Wins 2012 BESSIE Award

Live online speech therapy service recognized in Special Education Website category

SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, 2012 – PresenceLearning (, the leading provider of live online speech therapy services to K-12 students, was recently named a winner in the Multi-Level: Special Education Website category of The ComputED Gazette’s 18th Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIE Awards). The awards program targets innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence.


“Helping special need students succeed through live online speech therapy is at the heart of what we do,” said Clay Whitehead, PresenceLearning co-founder. “The recognition from the BESSIE Awards acknowledges the impact and benefits of our services in doing just that – in a cost-effective and highly-engaging way.”


PresenceLearning employs the latest video-conferencing technology, a comprehensive digital library of therapeutic content and time-saving collaboration and practice management tools to deliver sessions that are individualized, curriculum-relevant and evidence-based. 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 and many virtual academy and charter school management groups. As of spring 2012, PresenceLearning is delivering more than 5,000 successful telepractice sessions a month.


“Telepractice is an effective solution for overcoming barriers that prevent access to services, such as distance, unavailability of specialists and/or subspecialists, and impaired mobility; and for addressing budgetary constraints that are present in many school districts,” said a BESSIE judge.


To learn more about the 2012 BESSIE Awards, visit To learn more about PresenceLearning, visit


About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( 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 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 telepractice.



Katie Povejsil, Vice President of Marketing, PresenceLearning

Christine Allman, Public Relations for PresenceLearning