WA District Adopts Live Online Speech Therapy

To help address a shortage of speech-language pathologists (SLPs), Moses Lake School District 161 in Moses Lake, Washington, has adopted PresenceLearning online speech therapy services for K-12 students. Through the adoption, the district is able to provide students who have special needs with online speech therapy while lessening the caseload for its existing SLPs.

“As we began to explore alternative options to address the shortage of SLPs in our district, we were focused on finding a solution that would both support our current SLP staff and the students they serve,” said Darcy Johnson, Special Services Director of Moses Lake School District 161. “We implemented PresenceLearning’s services at the beginning of this school year to meet this need and the results have been great so far – the students love it, their parents are in support of it and our SLPs find great value in it.”

Moses Lake School District 161 is located in a rural, yet growing, area of the state and has a student population of approximately 7,000, more than 400 of whom receive special education services. Of those students with special needs, PresenceLearning currently works with more than 70 who were determined by the district to be good candidates to benefit from online speech therapy.

PresenceLearning offers online speech therapy that draws from a nationwide network of certified therapists who are available whenever and whereever they are needed.