PresenceLearning really helps our students thrive and make great progress on their Individual Education Programs, plus our on-site SLPs have more dedicated time to spend with students since the time they previously spent traveling was reduced.
When its SLPs started to experience overwhelming caseloads and spend an exorbitant amount of time traveling to and from various school sites, Barstow USD in Barstow, CA knew it needed a better way to support its on-site clinicians and ultimately the students they serve. Under the leadership of Director II of Pupil Services Joni James, the district turned to PresenceLearning.
In the initial year, PresenceLearning was successfully used with approximately 15 students with special needs from one elementary school, in addition to one student on home hospital. Since then the district experienced ongoing shortages of on-site SLPs and used online therapy in a greater capacity to fill the void and help balance the caseloads of the district’s on-site SLPs. Online therapy has continually provided the district with a proven alternative to meet its needs and to help improve student outcomes. Now, the number of students receiving online speech therapy has increased more than tenfold from when the district first started working with PresenceLearning, and the online therapy is being used in numerous schools – including elementary, middle, and high schools – throughout the district. Together with PresenceLearning and its on-site SLPs, Barstow USD has helped its students with special needs thrive.
Even our middle school students, who used to be embarrassed to go to in-person therapy sessions because of the ‘stigma’ around it, have been flourishing with PresenceLearning.