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Idaho district implements online speech therapy

By Laura Devaney
February 2nd, 2015

Bonneville Joint School District 93 starting its third year of online speech therapy with over 200 students

speech-therapySchool districts spanning large areas, like 10,000-plus student Bonneville Joint School District 93 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, often struggle to hire and retain enough fully qualified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to serve their widely dispersed schools. To more fully and frequently serve students with special needs, Bonneville Joint School District 93 is using PresenceLearning’s online therapy services.

“I was a skeptic at first. How would we get a student to learn language and speech articulation through a remote therapist on a computer?” said Rex Miller, director of Special Education. “It has been interesting to see the games they can play on the computer and how excited the kids get about it. This is pretty powerful.”

After two full years of online speech therapy in the district, student outcomes in special education are at an all-time high. More than 90 percent of the district’s students using PresenceLearning have made progress toward their Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals.

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