Proposed Philippine Model of Collaboration for Children with Autism given Interdisciplinary Experiences
Given the research study on collaboration, the Philippines as represented by a micro study of three major cities in the Province of Cavite showed low collaboration given low evidence of the indicators for collaborative elements in the existing practice of related services, low utilization on the provision of related services given the stages of Individualized Educational Program Planning, and low effectiveness in the indicators of the attributes given the different collaborative models. The evidence of the indicators being practiced in terms of the collaborative elements, utilization of the related services provision integral in IEP stages, and visibility of the attributes of the different models of collaboration are moderately observed thereby implicating that the Philippines is just on its way to progress in terms of collaboration. Moreover, in consideration of the recommendations given by the members of the interdisciplinary team to strengthen the practice of collaboration, and all the factors for consideration to promote success and avoid failure in the practice, there is a need to propose a Philippine Model of Collaboration.
Integral to the study as well is the representation of parents of CWASD who are active in the Autism Society Philippines – a national organizational representation, teachers who are directly handling CWASD, and health professionals involved in the management of CWASD. Given such nature of the study, the model proposed evidently factored-in the comprehensive and rich experiences from various sectors in the context of collaboration making the study applicable to various situations of CWASD influenced by location as well as interaction and access to services given by interdisciplinary team members.
Keywords - Model of Collaboration, Autism, Interdisciplinary Team, Related services, Educational services