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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development

Transdisciplinary Practice for Navigating Communication-Verbal Behavior (Tri-State Webinar)

Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff, Parents | Topic: Autism, Communications, Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

On-Demand format. Transdisciplinary Practice for Navigating Communication-Verbal Behavior (Tri-State Webinar)
On-Demand format

Presented by Jodi LeGray, ClinScD, CCC-SLP


Behavior and communication are two aspects of development that are closely associated. Often the roles of speech-language pathologist and behavior specialist overlap. The goal of this presentation is to outline how speech-language pathologists and behavior analyst’s responsibilities align with a focus on collaborative practices. An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) requires transdisciplinary practice to support individuals to succeed across settings, from home to school, and into their communities. This presentation will highlight the benefits of a transdisciplinary team approach to intervention.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the overlaps that occur in between speech-language and behavior analysis,
  • Understand how behavior and communication are connected,
  • Recognize the benefits that occur with a transdisciplinary approach


Study Questions

  1. True or False: Verbal behavior and the 5 processes for communication overlap?
  2. Based on the material presented, all forms of communication are also forms of _____________________ 
    1. Learning
    2. Behavior
    3. Thinking
  3.  The barriers assessment on the VB-MAPP helps to 
    1. identify what strengths and what challenges a student has in the classroom that can impact learning
    2. identify the learner’s developmental milestones
    3. point out a student's flaws
  4. True or False: The milestones assessment on the VB-MAPP can help to identify the gaps in a learner’s skillset and can help inform the IEP team of what goals are most appropriate based on strengths and gaps across all domains
  5. A transdisciplinary team 
    1. maintains discipline specific roles and responsibilities
    2. integrates some of the other discipline’ principles or practices
    3. has a role release between disciplines to create holistic service

Presenter Information

Jodi LeGray is currently a Team Lead for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Aurora Public Schools and a part time Autism Specialist for Colorado Department of Education. She has been a coach in the educational setting for both early childhood instruction and supporting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across educational programming. Her research interests include ASD identification and treatment, early childhood language development and service delivery, and single subject research design for addressing clinical questions.
Kelly Tousley, MA ECSE, RBT is currently an early childhood special educator and autism specialist across five school districts in the Western Slope region of Colorado. She has primarily worked in early intervention, with an academic focus in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Kelly has worked as a home therapist, lead classroom teacher and a member of the regional child find team. Kelly has completed advanced graduate coursework in applied behavioral analysis. She loves working with school teams to create stronger inclusive classrooms for children with autism, coaching teachers and supporting parents through early intervention programming.

Contact Information

CDE Autism Team


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