SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2014 – The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recently named Melissa Jakubowitz M.A. CCC-SLP, who is the vice president of Clinical Services at PresenceLearning, as an ASHA Fellow. Given to individuals based on their outstanding professional contributions to the field and within and beyond their community, ASHA Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by the association.
The ASHA website states that while there are thousands of members who fulfill their professional responsibilities competently, only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant recognition. A select group of Fellows are chosen each year based on a combination of their clinical service, clinical education and academic teaching, research and publications, administrative services, service to ASHA, and service to and leadership positions in state speech-language-hearing associations and/or other related professional organizations.
“Melissa’s dedication to the advancement of telepractice and the treatment of child language disorders make her immensely deserving of this prestigious recognition,” said Jack Lynch, co-CEO and co-founder of PresenceLearning. “In addition to working extremely hard ensuring clinical excellence at PresenceLearning, Melissa has stayed actively involved in ASHA and the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, while publishing articles about important issues that impact the field. She has been a pleasure to work alongside each and every day.”
Having started her career in the public school system, Jakubowitz has more than 20 years of clinical and managerial SLP experience. She is an ASHA Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and has held leadership positions with ASHA, including having served as Legislative Counselor for 13 years, serving as chair of the Credential Committee. She also served as chair of the Education Subcommittee of the ASHA Board of Ethics, and program committee member of the ASHA Conference. Jakubowitz served as president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one of the largest SLP state associations in the country.
Jakubowitz is a published author and has presented on a variety of issues, including private practice, language disorders in school-age children, and telepractice. Drawing on her extensive professional experience, she tirelessly advocates for recognizing telepractice as a new mode of service delivery for Medicaid reimbursement to enable underserved populations of children to gain better access to mandated services, and for the interstate cooperation regarding cross-licensing for SLPs who wish to practice their profession in multiple states.
Under the leadership of Jakubowitz, PresenceLearning’s online speech and language 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. This past year, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT), online assessments for both speech and OT, and counseling to their service offering. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of qualified professionals, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, clear their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and school counselors.
PresenceLearning has delivered nearly half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public school districts, charter schools and virtual schools of all sizes nationwide.
Jakubowitz will be formally recognized at the ASHA Awards Ceremony on November 21, 2014 at the ASHA Convention in Orlando, FL.
To learn more about the ASHA Fellowship, visit http://www.asha.org/about/awards/fellowship-of-the-association/.
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, online counseling and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs) and school counseling professionals. Therapy sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.
Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, PresenceLearning has shown that online delivery of related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.