Speech and Hearing Sciences ETDs

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This study explored five New Mexican parents’ perceptions of changes to the public school-based communication and language services for their children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent advantages and disadvantages of these changes. The parents participated in semi-structured interviews between October 2020 and February 2021. All of the parents reported their children’s services had eventually gone completely remote, but one had secured some in-person instruction time for her child by the time of her interview. Three parents reported reduction in school-based communication and language services for which they sought to compensate through other means. Qualitative analysis of the interviews identified six disadvantages to remote service delivery and one advantage. Implications for future practice and research are discussed.

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Speech-Language Pathology

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Department Name

Speech and Hearing Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Cindy Gevarter

Second Committee Member

Dr. Richard Arenas

Third Committee Member

Dr. Carlos Irizarry-Pérez




autism spectrum disorder, teletherapy, speech-language, special education, remote learning, virtual

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