Virtual Home Visits: They Help Surmount Early Intervention Barriers

Sue Thain Olsen and Amy Henningson of Utah State University's Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) bring you their insights on the benefits and challenges of providing virtual home visits as part of the early intervention services for which they are responsible. Delivering early intervention services to families in remote rural areas has long been a challenge to service providers. Technology has, for the past twenty years, held the promise of helping to reach those families. Yet limited access to computers and the Internet has hampered efforts to use technology to overcome geographic barriers. Now, however, more than ever before, growing familiarity with, and access to technology has raised the hope that distance technologies will make possible "virtual home visits" and with them, increased service to families of young children.