New PresenceLearning Resource Focuses on How Blended Learning Can Improve Special Education

“Getting Smarter About SPED: A Conversation about Blended Learning Decisions and Implications” added to company’s growing library of SPED resources.

August 12, 2014, San Francisco, CA – PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, has launched “Getting Smarter About SPED: A Conversation about Blended Learning Decisions and Implications.” Based on a webinar featuring Tom Vander Ark, author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and CEO of Getting Smart, Maria Carr, Special Education Coordinator at IEM, and Robin Wise, Blended Regions Special Service Manager at K12, this resource explores the landscape – and benefits of – blended learning in special education.

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Blended learning represents a shift in the classroom to online delivery of individualized learning for a portion of the day to make students, teachers and schools more productive. For students with special needs, blended learning can offer increased engagement and emphasis on the “individual” in IEP; however, there are things that educators and administrators must consider to ensure a successful implementation of this teaching and learning style. In the white paper, the authors discuss the driving forces behind blended learning in special education and the step-by-step process to adopting a blended learning model that considers the needs of students in special education. It additionally provides examples of blended learning models that made special education programs more efficient and effective.

“Blended learning has the potential to redefine special education because of its emphasis on individualized learning, but students will not reap the benefits of it unless it is implemented in an effective way,” said Vander Ark. “This resource provides educators with valuable insight on the topic and details the steps needed to successfully adopt a blended learning model in their schools or districts.”

This resource is the latest addition to PresenceLearning’s growing library of eBooks, white papers, infographics and other materials that give special education administrators and leaders readily-available expert information on topics affecting special education, as well as insight into how they can better manage challenges and increase student outcomes.

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. This past year, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT) and online assessments for both speech and 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, 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 speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.

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 PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( 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 mental health professionals. Therapy sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

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

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