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Innovations in Special Education

From technology that helps homebound students “attend” school remotely, to resources that connect students with speech and occupational therapists online, new therapy delivery models are transforming how millions of students are receiving special-education services nationwide.

With the generous support of PresenceLearning, we’ve assembled this collection of resources to help you understand how innovations in special-education services are opening up new possibilities in blended-learning models. These innovations point to a more engaged and inclusive model—and a higher quality of service—for students and their schools.

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Innovations in Special Education

27 visual, sensory, and augmentative apps for autism

27 visual, sensory, and augmentative apps for autism

With the extremely large number of apps available for iPads, even those for autism are in abundance, and experts say it’s important to know which are most effective…

Classroom robot boosts STEM, engages children with autism

Classroom robot boosts STEM, engages children with autism

To help celebrate National Robotics Week, one little robot-that-can is making its home in U.S. classrooms, helping train children with special needs and advancing science, technology, engineering, and…

Occupational therapy for special-needs students moves online

Occupational therapy for special-needs students moves online

The San Francisco company PresenceLearning has provided live online speech therapy to thousands of K-12 students in the last few years through a process known as “telepractice.” Now,…

My classmate, the robot: NY pupil attends remotely

My classmate, the robot: NY pupil attends remotely

In an elementary school hallway, a teacher takes her second-graders to the library, leading a single-file line of giggling boys and girls that's perfectly ordinary until you get…

Technology helps make speech therapy easier

Technology helps make speech therapy easier

With speech language pathologists in short supply, rural Glenn County in northern California has turned to PresenceLearning to provide online speech therapy services for about 10 Willows Unified…

How tablets are changing assistive technology

How tablets are changing assistive technology

New technology has been a game-changer for many people with disabilities. Smart phones, tablets, and apps have made it easier than ever to access technology that can make…

Video games help teach students with autism

Video games help teach students with autism

Can off-the-shelf video games spark a breakthrough in treating students with autism? That's the question researchers are asking as educators quietly discover the therapeutic uses of motion-controlled sensors.…

Digital revolution changing lives of students with disabilities

Digital revolution changing lives of students with disabilities

Until last fall, Kyle Beasley used 8-by-11-inch Braille texts that teachers printed for him on a special machine. Each page cost about $1, and he once had four…