WorldWide IDEA, an academy dedicated to assisting those who home school their children and SpeechTails.com, an online alternative to traditional speech therapy form partnership providing homeschooling families more affordable, self-directed support to address speech delays.
Online PR News – 09-October-2010 – – Milwaukee, Wisconsin WorldWide IDEA and SpeechTails.com today announce a partnership to provide children who are homeschooled access to the SpeechTails.com Online Speech Learning program. The goal of the partnership is to address the issue of access to speech services for the homeschool community. By Law, every child in the United States can obtain speech therapy services from the local school system. To children educated in a home setting however, the challenges to obtaining speech services from the local school system can be difficult to overcome. Challenges often include stricter guidelines for assessing whether a child qualifies for speech services, heavy and restrictive caseloads of the local school's Speech Language Pathologist, inconvenient location, and the time commitment necessary to access out-of-home speech services. If children do not qualify for speech services, medical insurance rarely covers the cost and out-of-pocket payment, is often prohibitive. This new partnership between WorldWide IDEA and SpeechTails.com offers homeschooling families a more supportive and affordable alternative.
WorldWide IDEA's mission is to provide innovative education solutions through technology and collaboration to families who homeschool their children. Ms. Jennifer Lutey, Executive Director of WorldWide IDEA, states that, "We are always on the look out for cutting-edge resources to help our enrolled students and their families, and we feel SpeechTails.com will be valuable in assisting those who need help with speech development, learning, and articulation."
SpeechTails.com's mission is to utilize technology to overcome the barriers to children receiving speech services. Amy Reno, Founder of SpeechTails.com and a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, explains that "homeschoolers who have an articulation speech delay have a particularly difficult challenge in obtaining speech and language services. We believe this partnership will make it easier for homeschooled children, who often fall through the cracks for supplemental yet fundamental services, to work on their speech development and articulation."
About WorldWide IDEA:
WorldWide IDEA is dedicated to providing innovative education solutions through technolgy and collaboration. For more information visit WorldWide IDEA at www.wwidea.org.
SpeechTails.com and the SpeechTails OnLine Speech Learning Center is a convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional speech therapy. The system, can be accessed anytime, anywhere via the Internet. The goal is to empower parents to address their children's speech difficulties by providing a step-by-step learning system, resources, and tools. The SpeechTails.com Online Speech Learning system was developed by a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist and utilizes common approaches employed by Speech Language Pathologists. Unlike traditional methods, parents can use SpeechTails.com in a self-directed fashion. For more information visit www.SpeechTails.com.