Pediatric Language Assessments via Telehealth: A Systematic Review

Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare

Alfano, A. R., Concepcion, I., et al. (2022).

Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Advance online publication.

This systematic review investigates the feasibility and reliability of conducting language assessments via telehealth in school-aged children.

No funding received

January 1, 2010 to December 8, 2020

All study designs excluding systematic reviews. 


Regarding face-to-face versus telehealth assessment provision for school-aged children, findings demonstrated no significant differences in standard scores and behavioral ratings. Limited evidence supported the use of multiple internet options and trained facilitators in school-based telehealth assessments to overcome technical challenges and child-related factors (i.e., poor speech intelligibility, reduced vocal loudness, motivation). Limitations to this review include small sample sizes, technical issues within included studies, and an overall paucity of research. Further research is indicated.

Limited evidence supported high parental satisfaction and comfort with telehealth language assessments for school-aged children. Positive child behaviors were also generally reported by parents. Further research is indicated.