Telehealth and Autism: Treating Challenging Behavior at Lower Cost

  title={Telehealth and Autism: Treating Challenging Behavior at Lower Cost},
  author={Scott D. Lindgren and David P. Wacker and Alyssa N. Suess and Kelly M. Schieltz and Kelly E. Pelzel and Todd G. Kopelman and John F. Lee and Patrick W Romani and Debra B. Waldron},
  pages={S167 - S175}
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether challenging behavior in young children with autism and other developmental disabilities can be treated successfully at lower cost by using telehealth to train parents to implement applied behavior analysis (ABA). METHODS: We compared data on the outcomes and costs for implementing evidence-based ABA procedures to reduce problem behavior by using 3 service delivery models: in-home therapy, clinic-based telehealth, and home-based telehealth. Participants were 107… 

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