Title: 'Investigating the Effectiveness of Telepractice with Infants and Toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): Telepractice, early intervention, outcomes
Learning Objectives:
  1. • describe the components of early intervention that were assessed in this study
  2. • understand the similarities and differences between telepractice and in-person visits
  3. • identify possible implications for practice


Telepractice is one promising strategy that can be employed to address challenges of distance and shortages of highly qualified early intervention providers. Although there are descriptions of programs that provide “tele-intervention” – the term used to describe the delivery of early intervention services through videoconferencing (Stredler-Brown, 2012), controlled studies to demonstrate the outcomes and costs of TI services compared to traditional in-person services are seriously lacking. A randomized control trial was conducted to assess the outcomes and costs of telepractice delivered to infants and toddlers who are DHH. The study involved six providers and twenty-seven families from a state-wide early intervention program for infants and toddlers who were DHH. Data collection included child, family, provider, and cost data. Pretest data were collected prior to the six-month intervention period, followed by post-test data collection. Results revealed positive outcomes for the TI group in expressive language and well as parent engagement. Research methods, intervention methods, and implications are highlighted.
Presentation: Monday_Jones_200_KristinaBlaiser_1489.pdf


Handouts: Handout_1489KristinaBlaiser.pdf
CART: Topical Session 2- 1489.rtf
Kristina Blaiser - Primary Presenter,Author,POC
Idaho State University
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-SLP
      Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Idaho State University-Meridian. Dr. Blaiser has extensive experience leading early childhood education programs and evaluating the outcomes of children who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Her research interests include program evaluation and graduate training related to assessment and early intervention practices of children who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing. Dr. Blaiser’s recent work has focused on using telehealth to support families in early intervention. Kristina is the Program Development Manager for ASHA SIG 9: Hearing Loss and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, has served as a consultant for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), and is Vice President for the OPTION Schools network.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Diane Behl - Co-Presenter,Author
     Credentials: M.Ed.
      Diane Behl is a Senior Faculty member at the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. She facilitates telehealth learning communities and is a co-investigator for cost-effectiveness studies. She has expertise in evaluating the effectiveness of service coordination provided via Part C Early Intervention and Maternal and Child Health programs.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Karl White - Author
Utah State University
     Credentials: PhD
      Dr. White is a Professor of Psychology, the Emma Eccles Jones Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, and the founding Director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. He has been the PI or Co-PI for over $50 million of competitively awarded research. His work has been recognized with awards from such diverse organizations as the Deafness Research Foundation, the American Association for Speech Language and Hearing, The Swedish Society of Medicine, and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. He has hundreds of publications and presentations at scholarly meetings, and has been an invited speaker to more than 35 countries. He also serves on many national and international advisory groups for organizations such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Catherine Callow-Heusser - Author
     Credentials: PhD