Special education services, including speech-language therapy, must be available to all students, including those who attend online schools. Meeting this need is an ongoing challenge. Is online SLP the solution? There are many questions about practical matters of online speech therapy and about when (and when not) to rely on online speech therapy. But there is no doubt that simple, inexpensive technologies are enabling a growing number of virtual schools to use online speech therapy to improve outcomes, tackle critical personnel shortfalls and provide access to high quality speech-language services. Listen, watch and read when and how it works.
Jenny Kendall is director of special programs for K-12 Inc., a leading provider of online learning. She was previously the director of special education for the Ohio Virtual Academy and has over twenty years experience in special education.
Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A., CCC-SLP, is vice president of SLP Services at PresenceLearning and past president of the California Speech-Language Hearing Association.
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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