Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Paper Session #198
CE Offered: BACB
Enhancing Collaboration Between Speech-Language Pathology and Behavior Analysis to ImproveCare
Sunday, May 29, 2022
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Meeting Level 2; Room 254B
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Brittany Ruth Schmidt (BASS ABA Therapy)
CE Instructor: Brittany Ruth Schmidt, M.A.

But Why Isn't the Speech-Language Pathologist Working on "Speech?" Enhancing SLP-BCBA Collaboration

Domain: Service Delivery

As an SLP-BCBA, I have collaborated with many professionals in both fields. Too often, with emerging communicators, the only skill targeted is the accuracy of vocal imitation, leading to slow or scattered progress. Emphasis on speech alone can also lead to a breakdown in the clinical partnership between the SLP and the BCBA. This presentation will detail other skill areas important to becoming an effective communicator, and actionable treatment strategies to target those areas.

Enhancing Outcomes Through Collaborative Care: Strategies for Effective Interprofessional Coordination of Care
Domain: Service Delivery
Abstract: Evidence suggests that an interprofessional approach to autism treatment has shown to produce superior outcomes when done effectively. However in many instances there is little to no cohesion that occurs across the various services an individual with autism may receive. Many times there is an overlap in scopes of practice that causes tension when attempting to collaborate. In other instances, there is a lack of time and effort to foster meaningful communication. This presentation will present strategies to address the barriers to initiating and maintaining collaborative care and the importance of the role the BCBA plays in creating a successful care team.
Target Audience:

BCBAs or BCaBAs that struggle with initiating and maintaining collaborative care with other disciplines, including SLP

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to (1) operationally define speech, language, and communication; (2) describe prelinguistic skill areas that contribute to becoming an effective communicator; (3) describe treatment strategies for promoting for prelinguistic skill development; (4) describe how collaborative care optimizes treatment outcomes for individuals with autism; (5) describe how to initiate and maintain collaboration with other providers; (6) discuss the importance of the BCBA in creating effective care teams.



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