Purpose: In the first of a two-part survey series, this cross-sectional survey study explored parent perceptions of tele-intervention (TI) services for their young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Using Likert rating scales, the survey queried parent confidence in understanding their child’s language development, perceptions of the coaching and support they received, the parent-professional partnership, and overall views and recommendations. Data were collected March-May 2020, not realizing the survey release would coincide with the Covid-19 pandemic and the influx of unexpected virtual services. For this reason, data were stratified between those who had received TI services for more than versus less than three months. Responses for in-person services were also evaluated for additional context.

Methods: Responses from 48 participants who received TI and 18 participants who received in-person services (n=66) were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Cronbach’s alpha showed high internal consistency for all Likert scales; items of each subscale were sum-scored to examine relationships across queried areas of service delivery.

Results: Ninety-six percent of all respondents were highly or mostly satisfied with their TI services and 90% would definitely or probably recommend TI to other families. Overall positive findings were found across Likert scale queries, with no differences between parent perceptions of TI and in-person services, nor between TI for more than versus less than three months. However, findings also highlighted areas in which TI and in-person providers could improve intervention effectiveness, including coaching and supports to optimize parent confidence in understanding and facilitating their child’s language and communication goals.

Conclusions: Parent perceptions of the TI delivery model were favorable. Implications and recommendations for both TI and in-person providers are discussed.