Dealing with Non-behavioral Treatment Recommendations for Autism

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.

This paper, published in Behavior Analysis in Practice, can be accessed by clicking here.

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.

Flowchart

Checklist for Analyzing Proposed Treatments

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