The explosion of the internet has made our world a much smaller place. We are now able to have many products and services delivered right into our living room that were, heretofore, unheard of. Examples of this are the many specialties of healthcare. And though house calls went out of favor many years ago, they are experiencing a resurgence of sorts in the form of the Telehealth movement.
What is Telehealth?
The telehealth movement began in the 60s and 70s but has taken off in the last ten years as technology has improved and equipment has become cheaper.
According to one health organization, “Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.” more
New internet technologies have opened up a world of possibilities for families and enabled them to take more control over their care. Currently Teleheath is exploding in all fields and is listed as one of the top trends in science for 2015. more
Telehealth and Autism
Recently, there has been interest in how these technologies might benefit families with children on the Autism Spectrum. Initial research that assessed language and joint attention in autistic students suggests that parental engagement with internet-based programs may improve behavior and parental learning. Internet/telehealth delivered intervention has great potential for “helping parents understand and use early intervention practices more often in their daily interactions with children.”
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Telehealth and RDI
From the beginning, RDI has continued to evolve in order to bring the best care to our families. What started as a small clinic in Houston quickly grew to hundreds of professionals working with families all around the world. We introduced the online system a few years ago before telepath was known because we knew that it provided the potential to reach many more people with better resources, education and collaboration.
Within this vibrant community, parents have access to the tools and private space to facilitate robust collaboration with their consultant and team; private groups, discussion areas and tools that house program materials. Records are archived and remain safe and they have access to exclusive resources relevant to the program including parent-submitted videos that show them working with families.
Read more about the latest research:
Preliminary Findings of a Telehealth Approach to Parent Training in Autism
Telehealth for Expanding the Reach of Early Autism Training to Parents