October 28th webinar provides expert advice on fostering productive partnerships between educators and families of children with special needs

SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, 2014 – For parents, finding one’s way through the special education landscape can be difficult, frustrating and emotionally-charged. It is imperative that special education administrators and staff engage and communicate effectively with parents not only to build relationships and ensure the child achieves at the highest level, but also to steer clear of costly legal issues. With the right guidance, education professionals can communicate with more sensitivity and and better explain the district’s often confusing system of services in simpler terms.

In the second of PresenceLearning’s free, three-part SPEDexpectations fall webinar series, clinical scholar, consultant, researcher and expert on childhood communication disorders Dr. Barry Prizant will discuss the importance of forging strong partnerships with parents and provide strategies and advice for doing so. “Family Collaboration: An Essential Element for SPED Success,” takes place on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10 AM to noon Pacific time (1 to 3 PM Eastern time).

To sign up for the webinar, visit: plearn.co/bp-collaboration

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
● Explain the importance of creating meaningful relationships with parents
● Identify expert tips for implementing family-centered principles such as building trust, communicating effectively, and developing an innovative support system
● Discuss how staff, parents and students will positively benefit from cooperation

About the SPEDexpectations
To give special education administrators access to expert advice and best practices, PresenceLearning created the SPEDexpectations fall webinar series. Along with Dr. Prizant, this three-part series features special education expert Julie Weatherly, Esq. who discusses avoiding due process and, following Dr. Prizant, will feature Dr. Alan Coulter explaining the implications of results-driven accountability (RDA) for special education leaders. All webinar participants receive a certificate of completion and speech-language pathologists with valid ASHA membership IDs can earn 2 hours of continuing education credit.

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 Dr. Barry Prizant
Dr. Barry Prizant has more than 40 years’ experience as a clinical scholar, researcher and international consultant on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and managing related emotional/behavioral challenges. He is an Adjunct Professor at Brown University and Director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice. Barry is co-author of The SCERTS Model: A comprehensive educational approach for children with ASD (Prizant, Wetherby, Rubin, Laurent & Rydell, 2006). He has published more than 120 articles and chapters, serves on the advisory board of five professional journals, and has presented more than 700 seminars nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was awarded the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s Honors of the Association, their highest His forthcoming book is entitled Uniquely Human: Seeing Autism Through a Different Lens (Simon and Schuster) in due out in spring 2015.

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 school counseling professionals. Therapy sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting. PresenceLearning is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) as a continuing education provider.

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


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