Harrison School District Two Combines Online and On-Site Speech Therapy Services to Better Serve Students

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PresenceLearning and the district’s speech-language pathologist assistants work collaboratively to serve more than 120 students

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After experiencing a chronic SLP shortage in our district, we needed to find a stable and consistent way to deliver speech therapy to our students. Together with our SLPAs, PresenceLearning has provided us with a solution.

Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colorado has partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, to help relieve the district’s speech-language pathologist (SLP) shortage. As part of this partnership, the district’s speech-language pathologist assistants (SLPAs) work collaboratively with PresenceLearning’s certified therapists to provide more than 120 students with a combination of virtual and on-site support.

“After experiencing a chronic SLP shortage in our district, we needed to find a stable and consistent way to deliver speech therapy to our students,” said Deirdre Shearer, Special Programs Coordinator of Harrison School District Two. “Together with our SLPAs, PresenceLearning has provided us with a solution. Students now receive dual support – the SLPs and SLPAs work together so that students participate in robust and engaging therapy.”

Harrison School District Two is a diverse and innovative district that serves approximately 10,000 K-12 students, more than 1,000 of whom receive special education services. After piloting PresenceLearning earlier this year as part of their extended school year (ESY) for special education students, the district implemented the online speech therapy services in Fall 2012. As part of the implementation and ongoing work together, PresenceLearning’s SLPs supervise – and work collaboratively with – the district’s SLPAs. The SLPs provide articulation and speech services and, together with the SLPAs, plan appropriate lessons, activities and learning objectives for the students.

“We are always looking for ways to best support our students,” said Shearer. “It has truly been a collaborative teaching effort with the SLPs and SLPAs and, because of their efforts, students are really enjoying and benefitting from the therapy sessions.”

PresenceLearning offers innovative online speech therapy by providing online access to a nationwide network of highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and where ever they are needed. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can address issues caused by acute and chronic SLP shortages, improve student outcomes and save money. PresenceLearning also offers 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.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning (http://www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of over 300 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing combined with 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.

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