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Thank you for your interest in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)! The important work that ASAT does in promoting science-based treatment for individuals with autism would not be possible without our volunteers. Currently, ASAT has o…
Alice BravoI completed the externship a few months ago and had such a phenomenal experience that I am staying on with ASAT as a volunteer. I have learned so much about the importance of evidence-based practices alongside learning about nonprofit organizations, and I have to say, being able to volunteer for a great cause from your living room is pretty amazing!2 days ago · 3
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Last week, ABC News circulated an article entitled, "'I am here' - Silenced by autism, young man finds his voice," by Martha Irvine. The article mentions an intervention approach called Facilitated Communication (FC), which has been discredited by the scientific community as an appropriate intervention for autism. Please read ASAT's FC treatment summary, and stay informed.
Description: An intervention in which the service provider holds the participant’s hands, wrists, or arms to help him or her spell messages on a keyboard or a board with printed letters. Because it involves assistance from a facilitator, Facilitated Communication differs from independently typing or…
Jim ToddIt's not just the people advocating and using FC. It is Tulane University, which as adopting as an ADA accommodation the most scientifically discredited intervention we currently have. This young man is not just sitting in classrooms apparently listening as some FC "users" have, with the "work" done elsewhere. He sits with the facilitator in front of Ph.D. faculty members who apparently either buy into FC, or are afraid to say anything about it. This isn't even subtle FC either. The father (or apparently up to three other facilitators) holds and moves the young man's arm. I know the reporter believed this particular FC was read after just seeing it because she called me to say so. Seeing is believing with FC.
But, think about this. If the young man is given a degree for a typical 124-credit college sequence, that means up to 40 university level instructors have had FC in their classrooms. The question then becomes what point is there to doing science on developmental disabilities if dozens of doctoral-level faculty at a major university just throw it aside to participate in a well-understood hoax? The individuals doing this willingly need to return their degrees and credentials to wherever they got them from and apologize for impersonating higher educators. The students in these classes will have to question their own degrees--if grades are willingly given to someone for work done by other people. If Tulane is going to let this young man's facilitators do his work for him, why can't the other students hire people to write their papers and take their tests?3 days ago · 8
Melissa TaylorThank you, ASAT for providing so many resources so that we can be savvy consumers.2 days ago
Eli AllenThen you have Chelation of Mercury therapy that killed a young child in the UK as well as Vitamin B12, Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diet, and cults like Son-Rise and Holding Therapy.3 days ago · 1
Tamara WatsonIt is sad to me that you - who claim to be so evidence based - have painted with a very BROAD brush any intervention/teaching methodology that remotely resembles FC. RPM and some other interventions have allowed non-verbal persons learn to communicate. Many have managed to fade the prompts, arriving at independence in communication. The early FC proponents ruined things by falsifying their data, applying it too broadly to clients who didn't need it and/or could not really comprehend it. - IJS - so let the flaming begin. I don't care. I just need to insert a different opinion.3 days ago