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Last Modified: 06/21/2023

Fact Sheet: Managing Child Behaviors

a telehealth session, the professional on one side of the screen and a mother and child playing on the other side of the screen

Key Points:

  • There is a large body of research to support parenting programs delivered via telehealth to manage challenging behaviors and to support positive behavior.
  • This research has shown that programs delivered via telehealth help parents learn to manage their children’s behavior, improve parenting efficacy and reduce the children’s challenging behaviors.
  • This means that, although challenging behavior can occur during sessions, there are a number of strategies that can be used to support parents managing the behavior in their home environment.


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Hinton, S., Sheffield, J., Sanders, M. R., & Sofronoff, K. (2017). A randomized controlled trial of a telehealth parenting intervention: A mixed-disability trial. Research in developmental disabilities, 65, 74-85.
Wainer, A. L., & Ingersoll, B. R. (2015). Increasing access to an ASD imitation intervention via a telehealth parent training program. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 3877-3890. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2186-7

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