College

College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2020-12-10 13:48:08

Major

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Honors Course

7700 496-002

Number of Credits

6

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2020

Abstract

PURPOSE: To examine a unique interdisciplinary approach to ASD care that is utilized at KidsLink School/Neurobehavioral Center through a qualitative survey. This study determines the role of each interdisciplinary team member, the advantages and disadvantages of KidsLink’s approach, what is unique about their approach, and how a collaborative approach affects individual team members. METHODS: An online qualitative survey was distributed to KidsLink’s professional staff who are members on the interdisciplinary care teams. The survey results were read over three times in order to identify common themes and conduct a frequency analysis of codes across all participant responses. RESULTS: There were 23 participants and 11 different professional fields represented in the survey. Several common themes emerged from the data analysis including: communication and collaboration, consistency, clinician development, individualized care, efficiency, positive environment, and learning opportunities. DISCUSSION: This study is significant as no other research study on ASD interdisciplinary care was found that represents as many as 11 different professionals collaborating together. Participants stated more overall advantages than disadvantages to interdisciplinary care and explained they receive more support than other professionals in their fields. The study broadly concludes that the approach used at KidsLink offers several advantages for the professionals on the team, the parents, and the child.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Scott Palasik

First Reader

Jenna Day

Second Reader

Sophia Kraus

Honors Faculty Advisor

Nancy Harris

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