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ERIC Number: EJ996534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
An Evaluation of Virtual Home Visits in Early Intervention: Feasibility of "Virtual Intervention"
Olsen, Sue; Fiechtl, Barbara; Rule, Sarah
Volta Review, v112 n3 p267-281 Win 2012
The provision of consistent high quality home- and community-based services to children with disabilities living in rural and frontier areas is a challenge. Distance, weather, geographic terrain (mountains, canyons), and shortages of pediatric early interventionists are among the challenges to ensuring appropriate and equitable services. Videoconferencing offers a viable means to address these challenges and is becoming increasingly accepted due to the popular use and rapid advancement of voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) technology, Internet expansion, the growing "digital native" population, and coaching service models. This article offers a rationale for using a telepractice model for early intervention--virtual home visits (VHV) conducted via videoconferencing--and describes components of the service model, including equipment needs, costs, and training requirements. Additionally, the article summarizes evaluation results, including service provider and family satisfaction with the use of technology, and a comparison of interactions during home visits conducted face-to-face with those via VHV. (Contains 3 tables.)
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail: periodicals@agbell.org; Web site: http://www.agbell.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A