Provider Perspectives on Telepractice for Serving Families of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Telepractice to deliver remote Part C early intervention (EI) services to families in their home is a rapidly-growing strategy under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to meet the needs of infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing. A survey was completed within a “learning community” comprised of staff from EI programs that were implementing telepractice to learn about their specific implementation strategies and challenges they faced. Twenty-seven individuals representing 11 programs responded. The results showed great variability in hardware and software, with many raising concerns regarding security. Primary challenges reported were internet connectivity and training in skills required to deliver telepractice services. The findings from this survey were valuable in guiding future areas of investigation for the learning community and ultimately improving telepractice in the field.
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