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Looking at Europe’s recent behavioral telehealth practices for children and families impacted by neurodevelopmental disabilities

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Authors

KINGSDORF Sheri Leigh PANČOCHA Karel

Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Journal of Developmental Disabilities
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Citation
Web https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20473869.2021.1925403
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20473869.2021.1925403
Keywords Telepractice; autism; applied behavior analysis; European Union; telemedicine
Description There is a widespread lack of behavioral professionals available to support children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities. As a result of limited availability, services that can be provided from a distance have developed. Telehealth is a modality that can increase access to services, lessen financial constraints, and support assessments of generalization. Using either synchronous or asynchronous components it can foster evaluation and coaching. Guidelines for usage have surfaced in North America and been integrated into the continent’s existing model of behavioral care. However, in Europe where all modalities of behavioral services are fighting to receive funding, frameworks are scarce. Understanding more about telehealth in behavioral care, its various applications throughout Europe, and the local context into which it can be applicable may promote system growth. To support this cause, a scoping review of recent behavioral telehealth practices for children and families impacted by neurodevelopmental disabilities in Europe was undertaken; looking specifically to assess types of studies, their targets and outcomes, telehealth modality components, barriers, and directions for future work. Although few studies surfaced, valuable conclusions can be drawn about the model’s empirical validation, creating a groundwork for sustainability, and the need for developing policy and standardized application.
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