Interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary collaboration is becoming commonplace in autism treatment. Therefore, behavior analysts need resources to help guide them during collaborative practices.
Back in 2015, I published an article that described how a behavior analyst may consider the non-behavioral treatment recommendations of his or her colleagues, while maintaining a professional and respectful relationship with those colleagues. In this paper, I note that client/student safety should be placed as the first and foremost priority. But after that, the consideration of the non-behavioral treatment becomes much more complex. Therefore, I developed a model to walk behavior analysts through this process to aid in that decision-making.
Below, I have provided the decision-making model and checklist that accompany the analysis. Together, I hope these materials are helpful for you, or professionals you supervise, in maintaining healthy and fruitful relationships with your colleagues, while acting in the best interest of individuals with autism.