Early Intervention and Telehealth: Best Practices

Authors: Anne Marie Cellante, MS.Ed, Amy Lee, Psy.D., & Josie Hartnett, MPH

Early Intervention (EI) services promote the development of skills and enhance the quality of life of infants and toddlers who have been identified as having a disability or developmental delay, enhance capacity of families to care for their child with special needs, reduce future educational costs, and promote independent living. Telehealth is an emerging delivery model demonstrating potential to deliver EI services effectively and efficiently, thereby improving access and ameliorating the impact of barriers in obtaining services for the client, the client’s family, and other care providers. This training will outline how telehealth can be used in EI, explain the different models of telehealth, and describe considerations when using telehealth for EI service provision.  

These online learning modules are part of the New York State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), Improving Family Centeredness Together (IFaCT) Project, aimed to improve family-centeredness in early intervention. The project is funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention.