4. OT-BCBA Collaboration in Action
This chapter contains a discussion of each profession’s general approach to understanding and planning intervention for challenging behavior. For occupational therapists, this will include consideration of the function of the behavior and any sensory influences on the behavior such as neurophysiological processing of sensory input and its widespread effect on client arousal, emotion, behavior, and function. The chapter will also address using behavioral, sensory integrative, and neurophysiological frames of reference for understanding the behavior and designing intervention. For behavior analysts, this will include emphasis on function of the behavior and the ABCs that the behavior is contingent upon. It will also include assessment tools commonly used by behavior analysts for evaluating challenging behavior and an assessment/evaluation of the environment where the behavior occurs and other possible contingencies. This chapter will explicitly highlight places of overlap and agreement between the professions and suggest strategies for working together in situations where disagreement exists.