Media Watch (a subcommittee of the Public Relations Committee) has three primary initiatives:
- Educating the public about effective autism treatment through proactive contact with the media;
- Responding to inaccurate information or proposed treatments described by the media (as it relates to scientific findings about their effectiveness); and
- Supporting accurate media depictions of empirically–sound interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
We seek to increase awareness of the scientific underpinnings surrounding autism treatment that can lead to real hope for those touched by this disorder.
Below are some recent letters showcasing our Media Watch efforts.
Monday, January 27, 2014
What is most concerning is the “assumption” piece: the promotion of “therapies” which have little-to-no scientific evidence to support them...
ASAT Responds to TheBlaze.com's "Parents set up hidden camera to monitor autistic son’s therapy sessions – what they saw happing in real-time is gut-wrenching"
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
This story is disturbing and disheartening, yet shares an essential message: the importance of identifying qualified individuals to deliver autism intervention...
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Although early intensive behavior treatment (EIBT) may seem onerous, the alternative is a life of dependency and misery as a ward of the state – an outcome in which no dignity lies...
ASAT Responds to DigitalJournal.com's "Journal of Communication Disorders Releases First Autism Study of the Son-Rise Program"
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Scientific researchers across a wide array of disciplines know that one study "does not remove doubt"...
Sunday, December 15, 2013
It was helpful that you included the results of a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, which found that 49% of children with autism had at least one attempted elopement after age 4 as reported by their caregivers...
Friday, December 13, 2013
Your response article serves as an excellent model for journalists across media outlets, as it demonstrates the importance of taking time to investigate and report responsibly about critically vital topics, such as childhood vaccinations and autism...
Saturday, December 07, 2013
As a scientist, I am always excited to see new studies examine treatment for autism with scientific rigor. It is very important that the results of each are conveyed in a manner that tempers the hope for a breakthrough with the reality of each study’s limitations...
ASAT Responds to AutismDailyNewscast.com's "Limitations Apparent in Applied Behavior Analysis Research"
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
By highlighting the limitations of ABA you may inadvertently mislead the wary reader to assume that ABA-based interventions for individuals with ASD are wholly ineffective due to “limited research...”
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
It is important that your readers understand that there has been no published research demonstrating the effectiveness of agriculture as a therapy modality for autism...
Friday, August 02, 2013
Sadly, Ms. McCarthy uses her celebrity status to propagate false information to the exclusion of educating families about scientifically supported treatment options...