STATEWIDE — Some new research finds families in rural areas who have children with autism may benefit from telehealth.
With help from Maine’s Childhood Development Services and a grant from the Maine Department of Education, the research was aimed to see how families and children would deal with in-home interventions.
“We saw changes in children’s autism characteristics, specifically around social interactions,” said Deborah Rooks-Ellis, University of Maine Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Intervention Special Education.
“I think it was wonderful to see how empowered the parents felt in the social validity interview questions we did,” said UMaine Assistant Professor of the Special Education Graduate Program Sarah Howorth.
The results of the research addressed the problem rural families face with receiving such services and telehealth could provide for more expansion, including doing these types of interventions in correlation with schools.