Original Paper

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 12, pp 2953-2969

Preliminary Findings of a Telehealth Approach to Parent Training in Autism

  • Laurie A. VismaraAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, MIND Institute, University of California, Davis Email author 
  • , Carolyn McCormickAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, MIND Institute, University of California, Davis
  • , Gregory S. YoungAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, MIND Institute, University of California, Davis
  • , Anna NadhanAffiliated withDepartment of Neurology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California, Davis
  • , Katerina MonluxAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of California, Davis

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Abstract

Telehealth or online communication technologies may lessen the gap between intervention requirements for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and the available resources to provide these services. This study used a video conferencing and self-guided website to provide parent training in the homes of children with ASD. The first eight families to complete the 12-week online intervention and three-month follow up period served as pilot data. Parents’ intervention skills and engagement with the website, as well as children’s verbal language and joint attention skills were assessed. Preliminary research suggests telehealth may support parental learning and improve child behaviors for some families. This initial assessment of new technologies for making parent training resources available to families with ASD merits further, in-depth study.

Keywords

Telehealth Computers/internet Parent training Autism spectrum disorder