The webinar is sponsored by PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for K-12 school districts. Our web-based approach to live online speech therapy is highly effective and affordable. We now deliver 5,000 sessions a month that are individualized, curriculum-relevant and evidence-based using our nationwide network of SLPs.


During this webinar, you will:

  • Understand the differences between classroom teacher recruitment/retention and speech-language pathology recruitment/retention needs.

  • Identify reasons for the speech-language pathologist shortages related to information in the 2011 ASHA Schools Survey.

  • Get updates on state recruitment strategies for attracting and retaining speech-language pathologists in school settings.

  • Gain knowledge of long and short-term strategies for better utilization of the SLP’s specialized skills within a framework of Common Core Standards.

Panelists Bios:
  • Cathy Bacon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor at Arizona State University has lead efforts in AZ to find solutions to the SLP shortage. She coordinates a program to train SLPs for Arizona’s schools and she leads ASU’s Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate Program which provides clinical coursework and training to undergraduate speech and hearing majors. 

  • Karen Roth, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University, has worked as a SLP in school districts across three states and has presented nationally on topics related to the SLP shortage including presentations on creative scheduling and collaborative IEP writing. She recently coordinated a workshop for Arizona school-based SLPs regarding the use of SLP-Assistants as a way to address increasing workload demands while preserving the quality of services to students. 

Webinar Title: Understanding and Managing the Growing SLP Shortage

Date: Thursday, November 8th 2012

Time: 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT)

Cost: No Charge

Abstract: The SLP shortage is (and has been) a persistent problem and a top concern. Though a wide range of recruitment and retention initiatives have been in place for the past ten years, the shortage is growing. What are the latest insights on reasons for this chronic problem? What should you be doing now to prepare to meet your needs for speech/language therapy, especially with the expanded role that SLPs will play as we shift to Common Core State Standards? Join a panel of experts who will update you on the SLP shortage and share promising short and long-term strategies to ensure that all students have access to the speech/language services they need.

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