Understanding Caregiver Satisfaction With a Telediagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Maranda K. Jones, Matthew A. Zellner, Amanda N. Hobson, Amy Levin, Megan Y. Roberts*

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Abstract

Purpose: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to understand the feasibility and acceptability of the use of telediagnostic assessments in clinical settings. This study aimed to characterize caregiver satisfaction with a telediagnostic assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Method: Twelve families completed a telediagnostic assessment of ASD through Illinois’ Early Intervention program including a caregiver interview, administration of the TELE-ASD-PEDS, and a feedback visit. Following the evaluation, caregivers rated their satisfaction with the telediagnostic assessment. Results: Caregivers reported that the evaluation met their expectations, and they were satisfied with the assessment and feedback visit. However, caregiver satisfaction with the telehealth platform varied, and the majority of caregivers reported a preference for in-person visits. Qualitative analysis of caregiver responses noted the benefits and areas of improvement of telediagnostic assessment. Thematic analysis revealed the strengths of the telediagnostic assessment, including the logistical convenience of the teleassessment, ease of administration, rapport with and expertise of the clinicians, and qualification for intervention services. Although caregivers’ perspectives varied, diagnostic accuracy and the amount of information provided about the diagnosis were reported areas of improvement. Conclusions: Overall, telediagnostic assessments were well received by families. Caregivers’ preference for in-person visits highlights the need to incorporate caregiver-reported areas of improvement in the development and administration of telediagnostic assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)982-990
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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