Online Speech Therapy for Charter School Students: When, Where and How?

Clay Whitehead

Co-Founder, PresenceLearning

Charter schools offer diverse learning opportunities and instructional approaches, but as in mainstream schools, all students must have access to special education services, including speech therapy. Although a growing number of charter schools are using inexpensive technology to deliver enable special education services remotely, there are still many questions about the effectiveness of online speech therapy.  Get the full story from a panel of charter school leaders as they share first hand about when and how online speech therapy works and their advice for a smooth implementation.


Joe Pacheco is director of student services for California-based Leadership Public Schools and formerly held a range of administrative positions for CA public schools. He served the Oak Grove School District for 12 years as a SLP.

Shawn Whitney is director of special education at Edison Charter Academy with ten years of teaching, including five years teaching students with learning differences and emotional disturbances at an Arizona high school.


Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP is the associate dean, Graduate School and Research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; former president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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