Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 49, Issue 11, pp 4634–4645 | Cite as

Seeking Team Collaboration, Dialogue and Support: The Perceptions of Multidisciplinary Staff-Members Working in ASD Preschools

  • Yana Sinai-Gavrilov
  • Tali Gev
  • Irit Mor-Snir
  • Ofer GolanEmail author
Original Paper


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impacts various developmental domains, requiring interventions by professionals from multiple disciplines. In Israel, ASD community preschools’ multidisciplinary teams aim to provide each child with an integrative intervention program. The current study focused on the working experience of 21 professionals from multidisciplinary teams in ASD-preschools, with special emphasis on their perceptions of the intra-staff dialogue in their teams. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed through grounded theory. Arising themes covered: challenges characterizing the delivery of intervention to children with ASD in a community setting; challenges met by professionals when attempting to navigate multidisciplinary teamwork; and factors that facilitate multidisciplinary work. Practices that support multidisciplinary team cohesion at the team, the organizational, and the policy-making levels are discussed.


Autism spectrum disorder Pre-school children Policy Education services Health services Qualitative research 



We would like to thank the Association for Children at Risk, Israel, and the community preschool professionals who participated in the current study. We are grateful to Drs. Rivka Tuval-Mashiach and Aubyn Stahmer for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper.

Author Contributions

YSG, OG, TG and IMS designed the study, YSG collected the data and analyzed it with OG. YSG and OG wrote the manuscript. All authors commented on the manuscript and approved it.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2.The Association for Children at RiskGivat-ShmuelIsrael

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