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New Quick Guide Provides Answers to Frequently Asked “Hot Questions” about Online Therapy Services

By Abi Mandelbaum
October 15th, 2014

Online therapy provides school districts with an effective alternative to provide speech and occupational therapy, counseling services and assessments

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2014 – Despite the rapid growth of online therapy services in the U.S. and internationally, many special education administrators, educators and parents wonder what it looks like and how well it works. To answer the many frequently asked questions about online therapy, PresenceLearning published “HOT Questions, COOL Answers About Online Therapy.” This new quick guide is based on an hour-long SPED Ahead webinar of the same title and includes updated information and examples.

To download the quick guide, visit: http://presencelearning.com/resources/library/hot-questions-cool-answers/

Across the country, school districts experience chronic shortages of qualified specialists such as speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and school counselors. This lack of access limits service delivery and leads to a backlog of evaluative assessments for students entering and exiting services. Online therapy provides districts with access to qualified therapists to help relieve these overflowing caseloads to help students make progress on their Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals.

The quick guide addresses questions about online therapy’s effectiveness, how it works and the logistics of providing services. It is the latest addition to PresenceLearning’s growing library of eBooks, white papers and other resources that give special education administrators and leaders readily available expert information on topics affecting special education, as well as insight into how they can better manage challenges and increase student outcomes.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s award-winning online speech therapy, online occupational therapy, online counseling, and online assessments 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 clinicians who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. PresenceLearning also offers online assessments for both speech and occupational therapy. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can address capacity issues related to acute and chronic shortages of qualified clinicians, 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 clinicians.

PresenceLearning has delivered nearly half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public school districts, charter schools and virtual schools of all sizes nationwide.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, online counseling and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs) and mental health professionals. Therapy sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, PresenceLearning has shown that online delivery of special education related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.

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About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.