"The majority of children who received telehealth services… showed consistent improvement over time. According to teacher ratings of students at the beginning and end of each semester, speech and language skills, educational outcomes and participation in class had all improved. These positive changes were sustained in the children who received therapy services over multiple semesters."
"Telepractice is an effective means of increasing access to high-quality services that meet children’s unique needs and is a viable mechanism to deliver speech–language services for multiple purposes."
"A low-intensity training program for parents, supported by a manual focusing on developmentally appropriate play and speech-language stimulation, resulted in increased verbal interaction and changes in language input to children."
In addition to positive clinical outcomes, telehealth applications have yielded favorable patient feedback. With technological advancements and the ubiquitous use of computers in our daily lives, telehealth is assuming a desirable role in the delivery of healthcare, particularly for patients with an interest in technology
Investigators have reported that the absence of a clinician’s physical presence does not compromise the “human element” or reduce the effectiveness of services provided via telehealth.
Telehealth not only increases the capacity to provide service in a “no-service” area but reduces the potential delay of service.
"Most of studies concluded that the telehealth procedure had advantages over the non-telehealth alternative approach (85.5%). The need for speech-language pathologists and audiologists to adapt to this new health care modality is evident."
"Specifically, participants spent significantly less time in child-focused intervention and more time using specific coaching interactions with the caregiver and child as a dyad after participating in technology-supported, performance-based feedback. All participants reported that they would participate in technology-supported, professional development opportunities again in the future."
"Telehealth is an emerging delivery model demonstrating potential to deliver EI services effectively and efficiently, thereby improving access and ameliorating the impact of provider shortages in underserved areas. The use of a telehealth delivery model facilitates inter-disciplinary collaboration, coordinated care, and consultation with specialists not available within a local community."