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Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Abstract

Past literature indicates an interest in collaborative treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and names several therapeutic interventions. Effective treatments include Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. All three fields value best practice and, with differing perceptions and emphasizes, translate evidence into clinical practice. The current investigation used scientific literature and interdisciplinary collaboration to train graduate students from each field to integrate techniques from the other two fields into their own, supervised treatment sessions. Training was introduced serially across participants in a concurrent multiple baseline design. Instruction, rehearsal, modeling and feedback were used in training. Coaching occurred as a continuation of the initial training during probe sessions, using a bug-in-the-ear system to ensure immediacy of feedback. This project found the serial introduction of training to be effective. Generally, clinicians exhibited higher implementation of goals following intervention. This project helped in the development of a protocol for merged treatment among Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis in the Interprofessional Autism Clinic at James Madison University. Results for this study strive to influence the way treatment occurs for children with ASD.

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