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Pennsylvania Education Service Agency Hosts Webinar on the Benefits of Online Therapy

June 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Capital Area Intermediate Unit (IU) invites IUs and school districts to learn about their successful implementation of PresenceLearning.

When school districts within the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) faced overflowing caseloads and a backlog of student assessments for speech and occupational therapy, the CAIU researched new options and selected PresenceLearning to provide online therapy services to districts in need. After a successful year deploying PresenceLearning's live online services, the CAIU will discuss their experiences during a free webinar on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time/10:00 AM Pacific Time. The "Extend Your Reach: CAIU Offers Online Services for Your Students with Special Needs" webinar will be hosted by Arlene Moll, project administrator for the Department of Student Services at the CAIU, and moderated by Christian Hansen, Pennsylvania school partnership director at PresenceLearning.

To sign up for this free webinar, visit:

The 45-minute webinar will introduce attendees to online therapy services and discuss how IUs and school districts can use live online technology to bring quality services and experienced clinicians to students with special needs. Participants will also learn how and why the CAIU (IU #15) uses online therapy services to supplement its existing therapists and programs.

By attending the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the factors that led CAIU to use online therapy as a supplemental resource, how these services support existing staff and how they added to the IU's service offering
  • Gather background information and supporting research about online therapy, known interchangeably as telepractice.
  • Watch demonstrations of what online speech and occupational therapy look like and how it works.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning's online speech therapy and other related 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, occupational therapists and mental health professionals 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.

About Arlene Moll
Arlene Moll is the Project Administrator for the Department of Student Services at the CAIU. She is the primary point of contact for school districts interested in integrating online special education services into their network of resources.

Christian Hansen
Christian Hansen is the Pennsylvania school partnership director at PresenceLearning. Hansen has over a decade of experience as a school-based occupational therapist.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, 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 related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.

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