Early Intervention Service Delivery via Telehealth During COVID-19: A Research-Practice Partnership

  • Jessica Kronberg M Street Pediatric Therapy
  • Elaine Tierney M Street Pediatric Therapy
  • Anna Wallisch Juniper Gardens Children's Project, University of Kansas
  • Lauren M. Little Rush University
Keywords: Community-based, Early Intervention, Family-focused, Occupational Therapy, Research-Practice Partnerships, Telehealth


Coaching has been identified as a best practice for early intervention (EI) services provided through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C. The current study describes the establishment and progress of a research-relationship partnership to deliver coaching via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community-based EI providers implemented 9-weeks of telehealth coaching and evaluated the extent to which child and caregiver outcomes differed between families that had previously received in-person services versus telehealth only. Four EI providers completed the intervention with n=17 families of children aged 6-34 months during the pandemic (April-August 2020). We used the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) and Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) to collect outcomes on caregiver identified goals; we used Wilcoxon Signed Rank Tests to examine pre- to post-intervention data. Results showed significant improvements in parent satisfaction, child performance, and goal attainment (all p<.01). Findings suggest that telehealth coaching procedures implemented by community-based EI providers resulted in improvements in caregiver identified goals for young children.


Author Biographies

Jessica Kronberg, M Street Pediatric Therapy
Jessica Kronberg, MOT, OTR/L is an occupational therapist at M Street Pediatric Therapy in Chicago, IL.
Elaine Tierney, M Street Pediatric Therapy
Elaine Tierney, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CLC, is a speech language pathologist at M Street Pediatric Therapy in Chicago, IL.


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How to Cite
Kronberg, J., Tierney, E., Wallisch, A., & Little, L. M. (2021). Early Intervention Service Delivery via Telehealth During COVID-19: A Research-Practice Partnership. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2021.6363
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