Webinar Answers Hot Questions about Online Speech Therapy

PresenceLearning’s August 1st webinar features panel of leading experts to answer questions about implementing an online speech therapy program

SAN FRANCISCO, July 17, 2013 – To address the growing interest surrounding the use of teletherapy and to help special education leaders become more informed, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, is partnering with eSchool Media to present a free webinar on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT). The one-hour webinar, “Online Speech Therapy Hot Questions. Cool Answers,” will feature a live Q&A session with leading experts in special education and online speech therapy, including Debra M. Giacolone, Ed. S., director of Exceptional Student Education at the District School Board of DeSoto County, Florida, Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A. CCC-SLP, vice president of SLP Clinical Services at PresenceLearning and Dr. Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Associate Dean for Graduate Study and Research at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

To register for the webinar, visit http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead14. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance towards educators’ professional development hours.

By attending the webinar, participants will learn about the effectiveness of online speech therapy, as well as the logistics of implementing an online speech program. Participants will also get expert advice about the ideal candidates for online speech therapy and the blending of online therapy with site-based therapy. 

This webinar is part of an ongoing series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, “SPED Ahead: New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are rethinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and other related services are delivered in the 21st century.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services 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 speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. In 2012, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT) to their service offering. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic SLP and OT shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, improve student outcomes and save money. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.

During the 2012-13 school year, PresenceLearning will conduct more than 120,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.

About Debra M. Giacolone, Ed. S.

Debra M. Giacolone, Ed. S., director of Exceptional Student Education at  the District School Board of DeSoto County, Florida. Giacolone is utilizing online speech therapists from PresenceLearning to tackle the District of DeSoto County’s shortage of speech therapists and to better serve students with special needs. 

About Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A., CCC-SLP

Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A., CCC-SLP has more than 20 years of clinical and managerial experience. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language and is the past-president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which, with more the 5,000 SLP members, is the largest SLP state association in the country. She is also active in ASHA, serving as Legislative Counselor for 12 years. Jakubowitz began her career working in the public schools and is currently the Vice President of SLP Services for PresenceLearning. 

About Dr. Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Robertson was formerly a President of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association and will be chairing the 2010 ASHA National Convention. Prior to obtaining her doctorate at UW-Madison, she was a school-based SLP and Special Education Director in West Bend, WI. Having presented more than 200 workshops and seminars over the past 5 years, she is dedicated to bridging the gap between researchers and practicing clinicians. Dr. Robertson is also the Associate Editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students and now offers online occupational services as well. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of over 400 highly qualified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices. PresenceLearning expands access to highly trained, fully licensed experts and helps improve student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online speech therapy and online occupational therapy.