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Parent Perceptions of Caregiver-Mediated Telemedicine Tools for Assessing Autism Risk in Toddlers

Authors
  • Corona, Laura L.1, 1, 1
  • Weitlauf, Amy S.1, 1
  • Hine, Jeffrey1, 1
  • Berman, Anna1
  • Miceli, Alexandra1
  • Nicholson, Amy1, 1, 1
  • Stone, Caitlin1, 1
  • Broderick, Neill1, 1
  • Francis, Sara1, 1
  • Juárez, A. Pablo1, 1, 1, 2
  • Vehorn, Alison1
  • Wagner, Liliana1, 1
  • Warren, Zachary1, 1, 1, 2
  • 1 Vanderbilt University Medical Center,
  • 2 Vanderbilt University,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jun 02, 2020
Pages
1–11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04554-9
PMID: 32488583
PMCID: PMC7266386
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Telemedicine tools have potential for increasing access to diagnostic services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Past work has utilized tele-assessment procedures in which remote psychologists observe administration of interactive screening instruments by trained, on-site providers. Although promising, this approach relies on two clinicians, limiting its efficiency and scalability. The present study examined the use, acceptability, and parents’ perceptions of two caregiver-mediated tools for assessing ASD risk in toddlers, in which remote clinicians guided parents to complete interactive screening activities with their children. Most parents found tele-assessment to be comfortable, and many reported liking the parent-led nature of these tools. Parents also offered constructive feedback, which was used to modify the tele-assessment process for future study.

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