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The use of telehealth in early autism training for parents: a scoping review

Authors Boisvert M, Hall N

Received 12 November 2013

Accepted for publication 19 December 2013

Published 19 March 2014 Volume 2014:2 Pages 19—27

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/SHTT.S45353

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Michelle Boisvert,1 Nerissa Hall2

1WorldTide, Inc., Williamsburg, MA, USA; 2Communicare, LLC, Ludlow, MA, USA

Abstract: Telehealth involves the application of technology to deliver services over a geographical distance. Studies in which telehealth procedures were used in the training or coaching of parents with young children (aged 6 years and under) who were diagnosed with autism were reviewed. Scoping searches identified two studies that met the inclusion criteria. These studies were evaluated in terms of the: 1) characteristics of the participants; 2) technology utilized; 3) services delivered via telehealth; 4) research methodology; and 5) results and conclusions of the study. Telehealth was used by speech–language pathologists and university researchers to provide training to parents on specific intervention approaches to facilitate targeted communication initiations and responses by gestures, picture pointing, or verbalizations, as well as the delivery and evaluation of the Early Start Denver Model. While the available literature is limited on this topic, this review suggests that the use of telehealth is a viable means to provide training to parents with young children diagnosed with autism.

Keywords: autism spectrum disorder, telehealth, training, education, caregivers, parents

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