Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Telehealth: An Effective Model for Providing Behavior Analytic Interventions to Individuals with ASD

  • Katerina DounaviEmail author
  • Emma Craig
  • Jenny Ferguson
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102473-1


Telehealth involves the use of technology for the delivery of health-related services. It encompasses the use of computers, mobile phones, and other digital devices for the communication between an expert and a service-recipient. Technological strategies involve the use of computer-based video conferencing, online teaching platforms, live coaching, and related content (Bearss et al. 2017).

Historical Background

Interventions based on applied behavior analysis (ABA) are considered evidence-based practice for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families (Reichow et al. 2018). Recent studies have proven that access to ABA-based interventions early enough during child development can lead to optimal outcomes (Orinstein et al. 2014).

Albeit this need for highly qualified professionals who can deliver effective interventions to individuals with ASD, the availability of coaching for their caregivers and university-based education in behavior analysis for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Sciences, Education and Social WorkQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK