Team Collaboration: The Use of Behavior Principles for Serving Students With ASD Purpose Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and behavior analysts are key members of school-based teams that serve children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Behavior analysts approach assessment and intervention through the lens of applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA-based interventions have been found effective for targeting skills across multiple domains for children with ... Tutorial
Tutorial  |   October 2014
Team Collaboration: The Use of Behavior Principles for Serving Students With ASD
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Amy L. Donaldson
    Portland State University, OR
  • Aubyn C. Stahmer
    Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, San Diego, CA
    University of California, San Diego
    Autism Discovery Institute, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA
  • Disclosure: Amy L. Donaldson is a member of the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board (BARB) for the State of Oregon.
    Disclosure: Amy L. Donaldson is a member of the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board (BARB) for the State of Oregon. ×
  • Correspondence to Amy L. Donaldson: adonald@pdx.edu
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Stephen Camarata
    Associate Editor: Stephen Camarata×
  • © American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Article Information
Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Tutorial
Tutorial   |   October 2014
Team Collaboration: The Use of Behavior Principles for Serving Students With ASD
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2014, Vol. 45, 261-276. doi:10.1044/2014_LSHSS-14-0038
History: Received March 28, 2014 , Revised May 27, 2014 , Accepted July 30, 2014
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2014, Vol. 45, 261-276. doi:10.1044/2014_LSHSS-14-0038
History: Received March 28, 2014; Revised May 27, 2014; Accepted July 30, 2014

Purpose Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and behavior analysts are key members of school-based teams that serve children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Behavior analysts approach assessment and intervention through the lens of applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA-based interventions have been found effective for targeting skills across multiple domains for children with ASD. However, some SLPs may be unfamiliar with the breadth of ABA-based interventions. The intent of this tutorial is to briefly introduce key ABA principles, provide examples of ABA-based interventions used within schools, and identify strategies for successful collaboration between behavior analysts and SLPs.

Method This tutorial draws from empirical studies of ABA-based interventions for children with ASD within school settings, as well as discussions in the extant literature about the use of behavior principles by SLPs and strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Conclusion Given the prevalence of ASD at 1 in 68 children (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014) and the high cost of serving these children within schools (an average cost of 286% over regular education; Chambers, Shkolnik, & Perez, 2003), the need for effective, comprehensive service provision and efficiency within interdisciplinary teams is paramount. Communication, mutual understanding, and recognition of common ground between SLPs and behavior analysts can lead to successful collaboration.

Acknowledgments
Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not represent the position of the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board (BARB) or of any BARB member, and such endorsements should not be inferred. We express our appreciation to Teresa Cardon and Sara Vank for their influence on preliminary discussions of this topic.
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