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Last Modified: 08/09/2022

Fact Sheet: Empowerment and Confidence

a telehealth session, the focus on a child and her mother

Key Points:

  • When a provider starts to use the telepractice platform, it may take some time for the provider to become comfortable giving the parents the lead role in parent-child activities. It may take time for the provider to gain confidence in being a coach. Providers need sufficient experience to learn to integrate goals and objectives of a session using the props in the family’s home.
  • In a Colorado self report study, 85% of providers indicated that the family is at least as involved in the telepractice sessions as they are in in-person sessions.
  • In the same Colorado study, 33% of providers indicated that the family is more involved in the telepractice sessions than in in-person sessions.
  • In telepractice sessions, the family is more in control of the session, and, therefore, has more “ownership” of what they are doing to support their child’s development.
  • Using telepractice, the provider can learn ways to integrate strategies into a family’s typical routines. For instance, the family may be making a snack. This is an opportunity to include the caregiver’s or parent’s use of listening, speech, and/or language strategies.


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This resource was developed by the NCHAM Tele-Intervention Learning Community