Hinsdale School District Wins National Award for its Use of Online Therapy with Students with Special Needs

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Now that the PresenceLearning online school psychologist is conducting the middle and high school assessments, our onsite psychologist has more time for therapy with students and other projects. She’s freed up and better utilized.

PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Hinsdale School District in Hinsdale, NH as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed.

Hinsdale School District, located in southwest New Hampshire, serves 600 students in grades PreK-12. The district first partnered with PresenceLearning during the 2014-2015 school year when a part-time speech-language pathologist (SLP) it shared with a neighboring district went on maternity leave. While originally planning on using PresenceLearning for only six weeks, the district saw initial success and decided to continue using PresenceLearning’s services when its shared SLP returned from maternity leave. Today the online SLP from PresenceLearning provides ongoing therapy for 20 students, conducts evaluations and reevaluations, and participates in IEP meetings.

“Our case managers, teachers and even parents have an open line of communication with our online SLP,” said Julie Fenrich, director of special services and middle/high school special education coordinator at Hinsdale School District. We videoconference with her during meetings and she participates as if she’s in the room. She has made herself very accessible.”

During the 2016-17 school year, Hinsdale…

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