Research supports online delivery
The first and most important thing is that families who have tried online delivery of early intervention services believe that they are effective.
Telehealth has been around for many years. Even prior the COVID-19 pandemic, there was already access to research into the efficiency of online early intervention services. The results show that they:
- Are equally effective as face-to-face services
- Result in positive outcomes for the child
- Provide flexibility
- Engage and empower families
- Increase family belief in their ability to parent their child
During the pandemic, online early intervention services are a safe way to keep connected with the service providers working with you to achieve positive outcomes for your child. We encourage you to give online services a try!
The research below concluded that telehealth can be introduced to all families in Colorado because it works.
Cole, B., Pickard, K., & Stredler-Brown, A. (2019). Report on the Use of Telehealth in Early Intervention in Colorado: Strengths and Challenges with Telehealth as a Service Delivery Method. International journal of telerehabilitation, 11(1).
Families participating in the research had a positive perception of telehealth. Parents indicated that services delivered via telehealth were “acceptable, useable and effective”. The study summaries that online services:
- Necessitate and support the use of family coaching strategies (Stredler-Brown, 2017). These strategies have been shown to increase family engagement and empowerment as families (Baharav & Reiser, 2010; Cason, 2011; Vismara et al., 2012).
- Results in more active family engagement (Baggett, et al., 2010; Baharv & Reiser, 2010; Ingersoll, Straiton, Casagrande, & Pickard, 2016; Meadan & Daczewitz, 2015; Vismara et al., 2012), resulting in high levels of parent empowerment and self-efficacy, as well as positive child outcomes (Little et al., 2018; Vismara et al., 2012; Wainer & Ingersoll, 2015).
- Parents indicated that services delivered via telehealth were “acceptable, useable, and effective according to Wainer and Ingersoll (2015),”
- Provides increased flexibility for example, join in different routines
- Equally effective as in-person services (Blaiser, et al., 2013; Falcone et al., 2018)
- Families have positive perceptions of telehealth (Pickard, Wainer, Bailey, & Ingersoll, 2016).
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