Blended Models: SPED Leaders Share Their Implementation Formulas for Online Speech Therapy - PresenceLearning

Clay Whitehead

Co-Founder, PresenceLearning

With increasing demand and costs for SPED services, district leaders are seeking new ways to deploy their teams more efficiently. Now, innovative SPED leaders are deploying a “blended” model for related services delivery, combining both online and school-based speech-language therapists. They’re getting promising results: improved student outcomes, tighter integration of SPED with gen ed, and more efficient use of their valuable on-the-ground SLP team members. Join a national audience of SPED leaders for a free one-hour moderated Q&A with a panel of creative SPED directors who are leading the way by teaming on-site staff with online therapists to create more efficient ways to serve exceptional students.

Peggy Jadack, Director of Pupil Services at Sparta Area School District in Wisconsin and principal of High Point Charter School. Peggy has been deploying online speech therapists from PresenceLearning to enable Sparta’s on-the-ground SLPs to put more focus on RtI to help prevent students needing placement in special ed.

Deirdre Shearer has served as the Coordinator of Special Programs at Harrison School District 2 (CO) where she worked with PresenceLearning to improve the effectiveness of a hybrid model involving combining on-the-ground SLP-As and online SLPs. Deirdre is moving into a new position with the Pikes Peak BOCES.

Allison G. Oxford, Ed.S., is Director of Instructional Support Services at the Murray County Schools in Georgia. She has been working with PresenceLearning to fill staffing gaps and improve compliance in her district. She says, “There is no reason that districts should have compensatory summer services with the addition of PresenceLearning online speech therapy. It provides a way to provide speech services throughout the year even when you are short staffed or have therapists out on medical leave.”

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