Center Investigators Publish Research Comparing Telehealth Adaptations of Behavioral Interventions

COVID-19 caused many autism spectrum disorder caregiver-coaching studies to move to telehealth. Telehealth can increase the diversity of people who take part in research. This matters because most autism spectrum disorder studies have included people who have resources, are White, and live in North America and Europe. When study participants are similar, it is hard to understand which interventions can help different types of people who live in different parts of the world. While telehealth may allow more people to take part in research, it needs to “fit” the local context and consider the “digital divide” because many people around the world have no access to computers and the Internet. This article, published in the June 8, 2021, issue of the Journal of Autism, describes changes to two research studies that include caregiver coaching based on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) in the United States and South Africa.  Read the article in the June 8, 2021, issue of Journal of Autism here