INTRODUCTION : This pilot study compared tele-intervention to conventional intervention for children with hearing loss in terms of communication performance, parental perceptions and clinician perceptions.
METHODS : A within-subject design was employed, including 10 children with hearing loss and their parents who each received a structurally similar tele-intervention and conventional intervention session in a counterbalanced manner. Quality of communication
performance was analysed using a modified Tait video analysis method. Parent and clinician perceptions were collected
through rating-scale surveys and thematic analysis of qualitative responses.
RESULTS : No significant difference (p > 0.05) was found between tele-intervention and conventional intervention in terms of
communication performance of children. Parent perceptions were not significantly different (p > 0.05) between conventional
and tele-intervention in terms of facilitating meaningful communication interaction. Significant differences were evident for parents’ comfort level during the session, whether they found it to be a beneficial experience and whether they would like to continue receiving intervention through this method. Clinician perceptions of conventional and tele-intervention were not significantly different (p > 0.05) and tele-intervention was deemed a valuable method of service delivery for clients. DISCUSSION : This study provides preliminary evidence that teleintervention is effective for communication intervention and can be a valuable solution to typical barriers such as distance and the shortage of trained interventionists.