Recent Study: Telebehavioral Health Services Applied on Autism

A recent study conducted by the University of Iowa found that parents of children with autism that use an online platform to meet with specialists and learn communication techniques and therapies like ABA can improve treatment at home and increase the family's ability to communicate with an autistic child. The study also found that parents can significantly lower their treatment costs by using telehealth.

The study found that the annual treatment costs for a child with autism could be reduced from $6000 to about $2100 when families used telebehavioral health rather instead of in-person treatments.

While telebehavioral health services reduced the difficulty and expense associated with travel and imrpoved access for families in rural locations, it also allowed applied behavior analysts to train parents to use ABA on their own in certain situations.