26 Jul TELEHEALTH AS A MODEL FOR EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES
The effectiveness of early intervention services based on the principles of applied behavior analysis is well documented. Unfortunately, a shortage of highly qualified professionals required to provide these services continues to be an issue around the world, and more so for Spanish speaking families. Recent studies have the use of a telehealth model in which the family is trained as facilitators of language, communication and social skills, so that it is them who teach their children the skills, always under the close supervisión of highly trained and certified professionals via telehealth sessions several times per week. Professionals report significant gains for these children. Two key variables to the success of this model are that skills are taught by familiar adults (parents, siblings, grandparents, caretakers), and in a known environment (home, their usual park, etc.).
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