Out of the more than 1,000 schools using PresenceLearning online speech therapy, 10 school districts were recently awarded the PresenceLearning Award of Excellence. These districts were selected based on the percentage of students who improved one level or more in spoken language production and spoken language comprehension on the Functional Communication Measures (FCMs) scales during the 2013-14 school year.
The impressive progress these students made would not be possible without the support, expertise and dedication of our online speech-language pathologists (SLPs). This blog series profiles the very talented people who helped these districts achieve such high success rates.
In this Q & A, we chat with Stephanie Ward, our SLP who works with students from Medford School District in Medford, OR.
“Steph gets ‘asked back’ by Medford staff year after year! She had some very challenging kiddos and always collaborated with families and staff SLP.” – Gila Cohen-Shaw, Stephanie’s Lead Clinician
Q: How long have you been working with PresenceLearning?
A: I have worked with PresenceLearning for four-and-a-half years.
Q: Share a story about a student you’ve worked with online who has touched you in some way.
A: I have a student I’ve been working with for the last two school years. When he started working with me, he was extremely quiet and shy. He never initiated conversation and typically gave one word answers. He will now maintain a conversation with me and even brought one of his Christmas gifts to show me and tell me about during therapy!
Q: The school you worked with in 2013-14 achieved better results than nearly 1,000 others. Why do you think there has been so much success at that school?
A: We have great leadership from PresenceLearning, as well as supervisors from the Medford School District who are always available to answer questions. On top of continuous communication, Medford has a very efficient system for scheduling meetings sending out paperwork to parents and more. We have good relationships between the PresenceLearning and Medford School District SLPs.
Q: What attracted you to working online?
A: The flexibility of scheduling, especially having school-age children at home, allows me to supplement my part-time job.
Q: What do you like best about the PresenceLearning platform? How does it help you to do your job?
A: I love the online data tracking and note-taking. It’s so efficient!
Stephanie, as well as her team at Medford, is a major reason why Medford School District saw such great success with online speech therapy. The students could not have done it without you, Stephanie!