Solving the school therapist shortage

A shortage of speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists affects school districts, families and children all across the United States. Rural areas can be particularly hard hit, where licensed clinicians may have to drive several hours to see a student — that is, when a district can even find a clinician to hire. Today’s special education leaders are solving this problem with telepractice, where a portion or even all students requiring services see a therapist online. A number of districts share their experiences.