Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #77
CE Offered: BACB
Interprofessional Collaboration Among Speech-Language Pathologists and Behavior Analysts
Saturday, May 27, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 2A
Area: PRA/VRB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Barbara E. Esch, Ph.D.
Chair: Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC)
GINA GREEN (Association of Professional Behavior Analysts)
LORI FROST (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
Abstract: The World Health Organization (2010) has presented a Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Collaborative Practice (IPP) to be adopted by health and education systems to improve outcomes, including in settings which regularly employ behavior analysts (BAs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Core competency domains are required for the Framework to be successful. However, the Framework is not prescriptive and professionals are faced with the challenge of developing systems for effectively implementing IPE and IPP. Moreover, interpretations of what constitutes Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) may differ across disciplines (e.g., BA, psychology, SLP; see Smith & Kasari, 2016). This panel will (a) delineate the Framework for IPE and IPP and (b) facilitate discussion regarding challenges that BAs and SLPs face in the application of this Framework with respect to EBP, historical perspectives, and the evidence across fields in support of language intervention, speech-articulation treatment, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), and feeding treatments. Suggestions and next steps to further the development of IPP will be discussed. This presentation will highlight the elements that are important for successful professional collaboration, such as the ability to critically appraise research and the need to evaluate and support clinical expertise across professions.
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): collaboration, scope practice, speech pathology



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