PresenceLearning Wins 2013 BESSIE Award

Online speech therapy service takes Best Multi-Level Special Education category 

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2013 – PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, was recently awarded a 2013 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE Award) from The ComputED Gazette. The 19th annual award program named PresenceLearning as the winner of the best Multi-Level Special Education category.

“Our online speech therapy platform fills the gaps in special education services,” said Clay Whitehead, co-founder and co-CEO of PresenceLearning. “This award reinforces the idea that education technology is a valuable asset for students with special needs.”

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s innovative online speech therapy has provided schools with web-based access to a nationwide network of highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can address acute and chronic SLP shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, improve student outcomes and control costs. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse 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. 

The BESSIE Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. To learn more about the 2013 BESSIE Awards, visit

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning ( 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 300 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.


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