Webinar for Special Education Leaders Explores Blended Models for Delivering Speech and Occupational Therapy

PresenceLearning’s July 9th webinar features a Q&A session about the benefits of combining online and onsite therapy delivery methods

SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2013 – Budget cuts and shortages of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) make it even more important for districts to make the most of their special education and related services resources. To help special education leaders creatively harness existing resources and combine them with online resources, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, July 9th at 1PM ET (10 AM PT). Part of the company’s summer webinar series, the one-hour webinar “Blended Models: SPED Leaders Share Their Implementation Formulas for Online Speech Therapy,” features Peggy Jadack, Director of Pupil Services at Sparta Area School District, Deirdre Shearer, Coordinator of Special Programs at Pikes Peak BOCES, and Allison G. Oxford, Ed.S., Director of Instructional Support Services at Murray County Schools.

To register for the webinar, visit https://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead13.

The webinar is designed as a Q&A session about the speakers’ professional involvement with blended models of therapy delivery. Webinar participants will hear how to successfully implement a blended therapy model and understand the benefits of such a model.

By attending the webinar, participants will:

  • Learn how a blended delivery model can enable more efficient use of existing staff and resources.
  • Discover how a blended delivery model eases excessive SLP and OT caseloads and addresses specialist shortages.
  • Receive answers about how school-based staff can collaborate with online therapists.

This webinar is part of an on-going series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, “SPED Ahead: New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are re-thinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology and other related services are delivered in the 21st century.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. In 2012, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT) to their service offering. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic SLP and OT shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, improve student outcomes and save money. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.

During the 2012-13 school year, PresenceLearning will conduct more than 120,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.

About Peggy Jadack
Peggy Jadack is the Director of Pupil Services at Sparta Area School District in Wisconsin and principal of High Point Charter School. Jadack 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 education.

About Deirdre Shearer
Deirdre Shearer previously served as the Coordinator of Special Programs at Harrison School District 2 in Colorado where she worked with PresenceLearning to improve the effectiveness of a hybrid model involving combining on-the-ground SLP-As and online SLPs. Shearer has accepted a new position with the Pikes Peak BOCES in the Special Education department.

About Allison G. Oxford, Ed.S
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.”

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students and now offers online occupational services as well. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of over 300 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices. PresenceLearning expands access to highly trained, fully licensed experts and helps improve student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online speech therapy and online occupational therapy.