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Partnering with Professionals Online

November 2020


As onsite early intervention and school services have become limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families of children with deaf-blindness are turning to online consultation from professionals to acquire new skills to help their children at home.

These online services go by several names including remote service delivery, tele-intervention, tele-therapy, and virtual home visits. For some time, they have been useful in other contexts such as supplements to face-to-face visits for families that live far from a provider or to access specialists. For children who are deaf-blind, they are typically delivered by state deaf-blind project staff, early interventionists, teachers, and therapists.

The resources on this page are intended to help families get the most from online services. Most feature families of young children, but the advice shared is relevant for families of children of all ages.

This 3:08-minute video from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides an example of how distance consultation works for an infant and his family. Zander was born with congenital CMV and has hearing loss and developmental delays.