To better serve a portion of the district’s special needs student population, Groton (Conn.) Public Schools has partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. Through this adoption, students in grades 1-5 receive web-based speech-language therapy services from a highly qualified, certified speech-language pathologist (SLP).
"As digital natives, students are very adept at – and comfortable with – using computers for online learning," said Denise Doolittle, director of pupil personnel services and special education at Groton Public Schools. "PresenceLearning leverages this by providing our district with a creative, online solution to offer speech-language services that help maximize student outcomes."
Groton Public Schools, located on the southeast coastline of Connecticut, consists of 11 schools – including Mary Morrison Elementary where PresenceLearning is being used – and serves more than 5,000 preK-12 students. Using PresenceLearning, students work individually or in groups with their assigned SLP via an online video-conferencing platform that uses games and evidence-based activities to engage students in the therapy sessions.
"Our SLP from PresenceLearning has been terrific in providing effective instruction while also working collaboratively with parents and our on-site SLP," said Doolittle. "As a result of this positive implementation, we hope to extend the usage and delivery of online speech therapy with more of our students throughout the school year."
PresenceLearning offers innovative online speech therapy that draws from a nationwide network of highly-qualified, certified therapists who are available whenever and where ever they are needed. Through PresenceLearning, schools are able to offer an effective speech therapy program that provides improved therapy outcomes and favorable cost comparisons to traditional speech therapy programs. Additional advantages with PresenceLearning include better access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech language pathologists.
PresenceLearning will conduct more than 120,000 live sessions during the 2012-2013 school year in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of over 200 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices. PresenceLearning delivers significant cost savings while improving 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.