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Leveraging Telehealth: Insights from COVID-19's Impact on Children with Developmental Disabilities

Leveraging Telehealth: Insights from COVID-19\'s Impact on Children with Developmental Disabilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the landscape of service delivery for children with developmental disabilities. According to the research article titled "COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Children with Developmental Disabilities: Service Disruption, Transition to Telehealth, and Child Wellbeing," the transition from in-person services to telehealth has been both a challenge and an opportunity for service providers. As practitioners, it is crucial to leverage these insights to improve our service delivery and outcomes for children.

Understanding the Impact

The study highlights significant disruptions in service delivery. More than two-thirds of children experienced a reduction in services, and one-third lost services for more than two months. The abrupt transition to telehealth brought to light several critical areas where telehealth services were perceived to be inferior to in-person services:

However, telehealth was also found to have distinct advantages in terms of time flexibility and transportation convenience, which can be leveraged to enhance service delivery.

Implementing Data-Driven Strategies

As practitioners, we can take several steps to improve our telehealth services based on the study's findings:

Encouraging Further Research

The study underscores the need for further research to explore the long-term impacts of telehealth on children with developmental disabilities. Practitioners are encouraged to participate in or conduct studies that focus on:

By continually improving our understanding and implementation of telehealth, we can better serve children with developmental disabilities and ensure their continued development and wellbeing.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Children with Developmental Disabilities: Service Disruption, Transition to Telehealth, and Child Wellbeing.


Citation: Zhang, S., Hao, Y., Feng, Y., Lee, N. Y., & López-Bueno, R. (2022). COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Children with Developmental Disabilities: Service Disruption, Transition to Telehealth, and Child Wellbeing. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(6), 3259. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063259

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