Predictors of Satisfaction with Autism Treatment Services During COVID-19, (2022), Ferguson, E.F., Jimenez-Muñoz, M., Feerst, H. et al.
Open access article: (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8391872/ )
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges and disruptions for autistic individuals receiving specialized treatment services. This caregiver-report survey study (n = 339) explored predictors of satisfaction with autism services during COVID-19 to improve perceived support for these families. Specifically, we investigated whether service delivery medium (telehealth vs. in person), child’s emotional functioning, and caregiver stress would predict satisfaction with the most highly utilized services. Satisfaction ratings for ABA/behavioral, speech/language, and occupational therapy were lower when delivered via telehealth as compared to in person. Caregivers who reported higher emotional dysregulation in their children were less satisfied with behavioral therapy services. These results provide a critical caregiver-informed perspective on factors influencing satisfaction with specialized autism services during COVID-19.
Citations: Ferguson, E.F., Jimenez-Muñoz, M., Feerst, H. et al. Predictors of Satisfaction with Autism Treatment Services During COVID-19. J Autism Dev Disord 52, 3686–3697 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05232-0