JAMA Pediatrics: Telehealth Treatment of Behavior Problems in Young Children With Developmental Delay

In this study, young children with developmental delay (DD) saw improvements in behavior after receiving treatment through telehealth. In this randomized clinical trial, behaviors and caregiving stress between child and caregiver were analyzed at preintervention, midtreatment, postintervention, and during 6-month and 12-month follow-ups. A clinically significant change was seen in 74 percent of the internet-delivered parent-child interaction therapy (iPCIT) group analyzed postintervention, compared to 42 percent of the control group. These results indicated positive outcomes from telehealth treatment in maintaining improvements for young children with DD and their caregivers. Investigators hypothesized telehealth could expand the scope and reach of care for low-income families.