Rural district meets speech language pathologist shortage

Mississippi district partners with PresenceLearning to add online SLP services

slp-servicesIn rural southern Mississippi, finding enough qualified speech-language professionals to fully serve a growing population of students with speech and language delays can be problematic.

Stone County School District in Wiggins, Miss., employs three speech-language professionals: two fully certified, Master’s level speech-language professionals who are responsible for higher-level activities such as full evaluations, reporting and leading IEP meetings, and one speech-language professional with a Bachelor’s degree and who can perform a more limited set of therapy activities as regulated by law.

To redistribute the workload and fill gaps, Stone County School District partnered with PresenceLearning to provide students with online access to an additional fully certified Master’s level speech-language professional.

Next page: What district staff say about the partnership

Laura Ascione

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