Multidisciplinary Collaboration Series- Module 5: OT & ABA


Special Learning’s last Webinar in their Collaboration series introduced an O/T, Speech and ABA Collaboration framework. Analyzing a complex case in which all three providers are brought in to provide services for the same client. Developed a master “Client Independence Plan” from which to develop individual plans that are comprehensive, cohesive, and aligned with the master plan to ensure best, quickest outcomes for clients.


LEVEL: Intermediate

CEU: 2 BACB® Type-II (Included with purchase)

CEs: 2 QABA®  General (Included with purchase)


Most BCBAs generally understand the role of a Speech Therapist, Psychologist, and Educators. When it comes to understanding the practice scope of OTs, it’s much less clear, and as a result, OTs often get placed in a box.

Occupational therapy services enable clients to participate in their everyday life activities in their desired roles, contexts and environments, and life situations. Their scope of practice includes the following domains:

  1. ADLs (Activities of Daily Living)
  2. IADLs (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living)
  3. Rest and Sleep
  4. Education
  5. Work
  6. Play
  7. Leisure
  8. Social Participation

Except for Rest and Sleep, at a high level, these domains closely resemble the domains in ABA programs.

So… if a client is receiving both O/T and ABA services, who does what? More importantly, who should do what? Add to this conundrum, Speech domains and it becomes clear as mud.


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