Telehealth Gives Providers a Platform to Treat Children With Special Needs

With the Coronavirus closing clinics and eliminating home visits, providers are using telehealth to help children with special needs access therapeutic and developmental services - and give their families some comfort.

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 By Eric Wicklund


 - With the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down nearly every school in the country, parents of  children with special needs are turning to telehealth to maintain access to critical services.

An example of this are early intervention programs, which are often state-funded and aim to provide developmental and therapeutic services to the roughly 17 percent of American children with at least one developmental disability. Many work with schools, day cares and other child care sites to fit therapy into the schedule, and they’re using telemedicine to make that easier.

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“We’re providing services to a lot of people over a large area,” says Tracie Lopez, the early intervention lead coordinator for Colorado-based Blue Peaks Developmental Services. “This is meaningful care, (focusing on) development and growth. With telehealth, we’re able to fill in the gaps and help a lot of families who are struggling to access these services.”