Semin Speech Lang 2021; 42(04): 287-300
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1730989
Review Article

Responsive Parenting as a Target for Telehealth Language Interventions in Fragile X Syndrome: Implications for Scalability and Best Practices

Lauren Bullard
1  MIND Institute, UC Davis Health, Sacramento, California
2  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis Health, Sacramento, California
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Leonard Abbeduto
1  MIND Institute, UC Davis Health, Sacramento, California
2  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis Health, Sacramento, California
› Author Affiliations

Abstract

This review highlights the ways in which telehealth procedures can be implemented to help bridge the research-to-practice gap in supporting developmental outcomes for youth with fragile X syndrome (FXS). We review how the literature to date has informed potential treatment targets in the areas of speech and language development with a focus on understanding and supporting the dyadic relationship between the child and their biological mother, who is also impacted biologically. Notably, parental responsivity is an area that is strongly related to child language outcomes, both early and into adolescence, and thus, it is an important treatment target for subsequent interventions. To date, several parent-implemented interventions have been done in FXS across a broad age range (2–17-year-olds) all showing support not only that parents are successful in learning responsive strategies but also that there are subsequent impacts to child language development. Moreover, these interventions were successfully implemented at a distance through telehealth procedures including video teleconferencing and shared recordings of parent–child interactions. This review also addresses potential moderators of treatment gains. Implications for scaling such interventions in the future as well as best practices for incorporating telehealth procedures into future research and intervention programs are also discussed.

Disclosures

No relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships exist for either author.




Publication History

Publication Date:
26 July 2021 (online)

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