Speech-Language Pathologists and Behavior Analysts: Perspectives Regarding Theories and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and behavior analysts (BAs) provide treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Little is known about the similarities and/or differences between the two disciplines with regard to their theoretical perspectives and how it relates to intervention. A survey with 10 scenarios was created and distributed to ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2017
Speech-Language Pathologists and Behavior Analysts: Perspectives Regarding Theories and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
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  • Teresa Cardon
    Department of Behavioral Sciences, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / School-Based Settings / Part 1
Article   |   February 01, 2017
Speech-Language Pathologists and Behavior Analysts: Perspectives Regarding Theories and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 27-46. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG1.27
History: Received June 29, 2016 , Revised October 18, 2016 , Accepted December 9, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 27-46. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG1.27
History: Received June 29, 2016; Revised October 18, 2016; Accepted December 9, 2016

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and behavior analysts (BAs) provide treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Little is known about the similarities and/or differences between the two disciplines with regard to their theoretical perspectives and how it relates to intervention. A survey with 10 scenarios was created and distributed to BAs and SLPs. Responses were collected and a descriptive analysis was conducted. Differences in theoretical perspectives and intervention strategies were evident between the disciplines. The need for interprofessional education was apparent given the similarities and differences identified by both SLPs and BAs. There were limited referrals being advocated across disciplines. Recommendations for future areas of collaboration and education are included.

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