Online Speech Therapy Helps Union County School System Better Serve Its Special Needs Students

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PresenceLearning provides rural Georgia-based district with cost-effective solution to fill gaps in speech therapy services.

To overcome the costs and time constraints associated with speech language pathologists (SLPs) traveling to the district’s extremely rural school locations and to lessen the case load for current SLPs in the district, Union County School System in northern Georgia adopted PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy services to K-12 students. After a successful pilot of PresenceLearning’s services in May 2012, the district will start using live online speech therapy this fall for a portion of the district’s students receiving speech language services.

“We received great feedback from students, parents, current SLPs and district staff after piloting PresenceLearning last school year,” said Kristy Chapman, special education director of the Union County Board of Education. “Given our rural location, the virtual access to SLPs, in addition to the privacy, availability and ease-of-use of the services, makes PresenceLearning a great fit for our district.”

Located in the Appalachian Mountains in upper northeast corner of Georgia, Union County consists of six schools – one primary school, one elementary school, one middle school, one high school, one K12 school and one alternative education school. The district currently has approximately 2,700 K12 students, including approximately 350 special needs students with individualized education programs (IEPs). This coming school year, PresenceLearning will be the primary speech therapy service provider for a selected group of elementary through high school students.

“PresenceLearning allows us to serve a portion of our students with special needs without having to overload our SLPs,” said Chapman. “We would love to expand our district’s use of PresenceLearning to more students in the future.”

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 currently delivers more than 5,000 successful online speech therapy sessions a month to public, charter and virtual schools 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 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.

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