PresenceLearning’s new webcast series provides information, practical advice for educators of students with special needs

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, October 17, 2013

PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, is launching a new webcast series, “30-minute SPEDcasts,” to provide administrators, teachers and specialists with timely information and practical advice on a variety of special education topics. The series kicks off on Wednesday, October 16th at 12 PM ET (9 AM PT) with “Online Assessments – MISSION: Possible!”

To register for the free webcast, visit http://pages.presencelearning.com/webcast-assessments.html.

During the half-hour discussion, representatives from PresenceLearning and Pearson will share lessons learned from a year-long pilot of live online speech-language assessments. PresenceLearning speech-language pathologists (SLPs) administered more than 500 assessments during this time. Panelists will also discuss which assessments can be administered online and the practicalities involved.

By attending the webcast, participants will learn how online assessments can:

  • Offer a practical alternative to in-person assessments
  • Help SPED departments complete initial evaluations in a timely manner, improving compliance
  • Enable students who have reached their goals to return to general education

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. This past year, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT) and online assessments 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, reduce 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 and occupational therapists.

PresenceLearning has delivered more than 250,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.

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 therapy as well. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices and powerful progress reporting.

Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools throughout the U.S., PresenceLearning has shown that online speech and language therapy is practical, affordable and highly effective. 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 therapy.