Effective Team Practices: Interprofessional Contributions to Communication Issues With a Parent's Perspective Purpose This clinical focus article contains a detailed description of how to build effective teams that use interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) with special-education professionals, speech-language pathologists, and families of children with severe disabilities. Method This clinical focus article provides information on using the essential elements of team building ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   May 17, 2017
Effective Team Practices: Interprofessional Contributions to Communication Issues With a Parent's Perspective
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Karena Cooper-Duffy
    Special Education Department, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • Kerri Eaker
    Asheville, NC
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Karena Cooper-Duffy: kcooper@email.wcu.edu
  • Editor: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Associate Editor: Cynthia Cress
    Associate Editor: Cynthia Cress×
Article Information
Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Forum: Interprofessional Collaborative Practices in Service Delivery for Individuals With Severe Disabilities
Clinical Focus   |   May 17, 2017
Effective Team Practices: Interprofessional Contributions to Communication Issues With a Parent's Perspective
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2017, Vol. 26, 181-192. doi:10.1044/2016_AJSLP-15-0069
History: Received June 2, 2015 , Revised October 30, 2015 , Accepted June 1, 2016
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2017, Vol. 26, 181-192. doi:10.1044/2016_AJSLP-15-0069
History: Received June 2, 2015; Revised October 30, 2015; Accepted June 1, 2016

Purpose This clinical focus article contains a detailed description of how to build effective teams that use interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) with special-education professionals, speech-language pathologists, and families of children with severe disabilities.

Method This clinical focus article provides information on using the essential elements of team building and IPCP to provide quality care to families who have children with severe disabilities. The 6 essential elements for team building are described, with suggestions for including families in each: goal-setting, roles and responsibilities, effective and efficient process, communication and interpersonal relationships, collaborative problem solving, and evaluation. The 4 competency domains of IPCP are embedded into each of the team-building elements to demonstrate how teams can implement IPCP.

Results A case study illustrates the difficulty one parent experienced working with a team across the 6 essential team-building elements when seeking communication services for her child with severe disabilities.

Conclusions Building teams with IPCP can be effective for including families and creating high-quality outcomes for individuals with severe disabilities.

Acknowledgments
We would like to acknowledge all the families and professionals who have shared their experiences with us regarding the challenges of team building. These honest stories have shed awareness of the importance of sharing these challenges and providing clear practices to build effective and efficient teams.
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