Interprofessionalism on the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team: Mending the Divide Intervention in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is representative of a field where a variety of targeted skills require a distinctly interdisciplinary approach, yet persistent barriers to effective teaming among AAC providers remain. This writer intends to address a commonly perceived divide between applied behavior analysis providers and speech-language pathologists. ... Article
Article  |   June 18, 2018
Interprofessionalism on the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team: Mending the Divide
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  • Amanda K. Marks
    Speech Language Pathology, Integrated Children's Therapies, Inc., Hudson, MA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Part 2
Article   |   June 18, 2018
Interprofessionalism on the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team: Mending the Divide
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2018, Vol. 3, 70-79. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.70
History: Received December 5, 2017 , Revised March 8, 2018 , Accepted March 15, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2018, Vol. 3, 70-79. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.70
History: Received December 5, 2017; Revised March 8, 2018; Accepted March 15, 2018

Intervention in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is representative of a field where a variety of targeted skills require a distinctly interdisciplinary approach, yet persistent barriers to effective teaming among AAC providers remain. This writer intends to address a commonly perceived divide between applied behavior analysis providers and speech-language pathologists. The underlying methodology in the treatment of AAC from both behavioral and speech-language pathology research is reviewed. Interprofessionalism concepts are introduced by reviewing current resources and determining their application in AAC. Finally, a conceptualization of teamwork that restructures current styles of team member contribution and promotes improved inclusion of multiple professions for best outcomes is provided and illustrated through a case example. Speech-language pathologists can work to promote effective teaming by actively seeking a deeper understanding of applied behavior analysis approaches, guiding team discussions to highlight the importance of each role on the team, and reframing multidisciplinary team approaches to integrate different professional lenses using the principles of interprofessional practice.

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