eLuma Announces Exclusive Back-to-School Pilot Program for Schools Across the Country; Try Online Speech Therapy Before You Buy
With budget cuts, turnover and staffing shortages, special education departments all over the country are scrambling to provide critical services. eLuma Online Therapy provides innovative solutions to help schools answer these challenges. For the first time ever, the company is offering a pilot therapy program to schools so they can test drive teletherapy before committing to it. Through this program, eLuma hopes to show schools that they can succeed by leveraging technology and innovation.
With budget cuts, turnover and staffing shortages, special education departments all over the country are scrambling to provide critical services. eLuma Online Therapy hopes to not only help schools answer these challenges, but to also improve student outcomes. As a part of this, eLuma has announced that it is launching an exclusive pilot program for select districts across the US. For just $500 per student, eLuma will provide unlimited IEP services for three months. Districts will gain access to a live, online speech therapist, or online occupational therapist in certain cases. In addition, eLuma will provide up to 10 licenses for district staff to access its proprietary curriculum platform, as well as scheduling, data tracking, progress monitoring, and robust reporting tools. "Through this program, we hope to give schools confidence in the real value of online therapy so they can move forward and meet the many challenges they face," explained eLuma founder and president, Jeremy Glauser.
Online speech therapy, online occupational therapy, and online mental health services have emerged as a great solution for schools and districts all over the country. Contrary to common perception, online therapy is not in competition with onsite therapy. eLuma specializes in blending the two together, so districts can get the best of both worlds. Onsite staff bring tremendous value to the schools and students they serve, and so do online therapists. Online therapists help extend the capacity of district staff and alleviate high workloads, eliminate wasted travel time, increase efficiencies with planning and prep, bring specialization, and ultimately help close the student achievement gap.
Trends Calling for Change
With each passing year, there is a growing body of proof (both qualified research and anecdotal experiences) that telepractice is not only effective, but yields outcomes that are highly competitive with traditional onsite therapy. Several recent studies suggest that children may make similar progress regardless of whether services are delivered via teletherapy or in the in-person mode (Gabel, Grogan-Johnson, Alvares, Bechstein, & Taylor, 2013; Grogan-Johnson, Alvares, Rowan, & Creaghead, 2010; Grogan-Johnson et al., 2013), and a few even suggest that teletherapy may actually produce better results (Towey, 2013).
School-based teletherapy delivery for speech pathology is also perceived positively by stakeholders including the students, parents, teachers, and administrators (Crutchley & Campbell, 2010). Not surprisingly, many students actually prefer therapy delivered via a computer.
As such, organizations like the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the Mayo Clinic and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) have fully endorsed telepractice as a completely viable solution.
eLuma is a premier provider of live, online therapy for K-12. They offer online speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, as well as psych, counseling, and behavior intervention to K-12 schools and districts all over the US. eLuma presently serves over 3,500 special education students in 25 states. With a large network of high-quality and credentialed therapists, as well as a proprietary platform, eLuma ensures that schools and their students get what they need in the most effective, efficient and dependable way.
*How to Take Advantage of the Pilot Program*
If you are a district or school interested in eLuma’s Pilot Program, please click this link to apply: http://www.elumatherapy.com/full-service-online-speech-therapy-pilot-program/. Otherwise, you can visit their website here: http://www.elumatherapy.com/.
What Districts Are Saying
“Due to the severe shortage of available speech language pathologists on Maui and opportunity for great efficiencies, we decided to try a new service delivery model. We decided to begin a pilot project for on-line speech therapy delivery with eLuma as our service provider.
“As we began something new, we found the eLuma staff always reachable, proactive and responsive to our many questions. They helped us through the process beginning to end by coaching us on setting up equipment, testing the equipment and providing therapy per students IEPs.” -Denise Guerin, Hawaii Department of Education
“We have been extremely pleased with eLuma's services. eLuma's communication is superior. This is true for administration as well as therapists. They have also been very flexible with our changing needs. We originally needed them to provide speech services when our speech therapist was out on maternity leave. The services worked out so well, we reorganized our program in order to keep them.” -Vici Miller, Lucerne Valley Unified School District
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