Caring for the Most Vulnerable: A Model for Managing Maladaptive Behavior in Children with Mental Special Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dursun O. B. , Turan B. , Gulsen M., KARAYAĞMURLU A., Tugce Mustan A., Kutlu A., ...More

TELEMEDICINE AND E-HEALTH, vol.27, no.9, pp.1068-1073, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/tmj.2020.0380
  • Title of Journal : TELEMEDICINE AND E-HEALTH
  • Page Numbers: pp.1068-1073
  • Keywords: behavioral health, COVID-19 pandemic, children with special needs, INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY, PRESCHOOL-CHILDREN, YOUNG-PEOPLE, ADOLESCENTS, DISASTER, STRESS


Background: This article presents the results of a comprehensive national model developed for managing maladaptive behaviors (MBs) in children with mental special needs (CMSNs) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that combines telehealth-based Applied Behavioral Analyses, psychiatric interventions, and support from local psychosocial teams. This study aims to determine the effectiveness of a system that combined telehealth applications with local psychosocial support teams, allowing services from video calls to emergency interventions.