Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) have much to offer to children with autism. Unfortunately, there are times when these professionals intersect without clear understanding of the role and potential of each other. In recognition of the significant benefits that accrue to children with autism when speech-language pathologists and behavior analysts work collaboratively, the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) and the New Jersey Association of Behavior Analysis (NJABA) have formed a collaborative practice group. This group is endorsed by both NJSHA and NJABA Boards and includes representatives from both organizations. The committee currently includes four CCC-SLPs, three BCBAs and two dually certified SLP/BCBAs.

Mission Statement
To promote interprofessional collaboration between behavior analysts and speech-language pathologists.

Vision Statement
We envision a world in which speech-language pathologists and behavior analysts effectively collaborate for the betterment of those they serve.

To achieve these, the group will collaborate to develop a variety of resources and materials including

  1. Discussion and explanation of terminology so that SLPs and BCBAs have a better understanding of each others’ practices
  2. Link to documents such as scope of practice and licensure language
  3. Myths vs. facts about the role of each profession
  4. Discussion of various scenarios that exemplify positive collaboration between SLPs and BCBAs
  5. Troubleshooting of conflicts, with suggestions for how to resolve

Updates will be posted to each association’s website as materials are developed and approved by the group.

SLP-ABA Resources