Telerehabilitation: An Adjunct Service Delivery Model for Early Intervention Services


  • Jana Cason DHS, OTR/L Spalding University



Early Intervention (EI) services for children birth through two years of age are mandated by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); however, personnel shortages, particularly in rural areas, limit access for children who qualify. Telerehabilitation has the potential to build capacity among caregivers and local providers as well as promote family-centered services through remote consultation.  This article provides an overview of research related to telerehabilitation and early intervention services; discusses the feasibility of telerehabilitation within traditional EI service delivery models; examines telecommunications technology associated with telerehabilitation; and provides hypothetical case examples designed to illustrate potential applications of telerehabilitation in early intervention.


Author Biography

Jana Cason, DHS, OTR/L Spalding University

Assistant Professor, Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, Spalding University


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How to Cite

Cason, J. (2011). Telerehabilitation: An Adjunct Service Delivery Model for Early Intervention Services. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 3(1).



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