Autism Occupational Therapy
Resource Toolkit

Engaging in Effective Interprofessional Collaboration

Why is Interprofessional Collaboration Necessary?

Interprofessional collaboration has become an essential component in the treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, as practitioners from a range of disciplines are often necessary to address the core features and co-occurring conditions. . . The prevalence rate of individuals diagnosed with ASD has been steadily increasing over the last 20 years, and at the time of this writing is currently 1 in 59 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.).Therefore, the need for effective and efficient interprofessional collaboration is greater than ever. . . “ (Bowman et al., 2021) 

This section contains resources that touch on the importance of interprofessional collaboration when supporting autistic clients, and how to facilitate this collaboration.

This document provides an overview of the various professionals who may work with autistic clients. Highlights key considerations in fostering collaborative working relationships that best support clients and include clients as key members in the team.

This article by Bowman et al., (2021) reviews the potential benefits, barriers and misconceptions surrounding interprofessional collaboration when supporting autistic clients. Solutions are proposed to many of the identified issues, and standards for effective collaborative practice in the interprofessional treatment of autism spectrum disorder are presented. 

This podcast highlights the importance of medical staff learning more about autism and how to support autistic individuals and their families in healthcare settings. 

Suggest a resource