Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Panel #114
CE Offered: BACB — 
Applied Behavior Analysis and Speech Language Pathology: Intercollaboration for Enhanced Outcomes
Saturday, September 3, 2022
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey Hall 2
Area: AUT/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Lina M. Slim, Ph.D.
Chair: Joanne Gerenser (Eden II Programs)
REBECCA L GIAMMATTI (Prism Autism Centers)

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and professionals in applied behavior analysis (ABA) participate as members of support teams for children with autism. Collaboration between these professionals can enhance the team’s work, since each professional brings valuable resources to the table. However, overlapping areas of expertise, different terms used for similar instructional elements, and variations in addressing the same problems may complicate the collaborative process. This gap between ABA professionals and SLPs appears to be growing even wider and if not addressed, can begin to have negative consequences for individuals on the spectrum. This panel will discuss the differences and issues that complicate collaboration. Examples of the widening gap will be provided from the field. Potential strategies to overcome these challenges and foster collaboration will be discussed.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

BCBAs, SLPs, and clinical disciplines who have provided direct support to autistic children or adults.

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify areas of overlapping expertise and roles for the SLPs and behavior analysts 2. Describe at least 3 common misconceptions of applied behavior analysis 3. Describe at least 3 common misconceptions of speech pathology 4. Identify potential strategies to enhance collaboration between the speech pathologist and the behavior analyst



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