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 14, 2013
ASAT agrees that it is potentially detrimental to individuals with autism (and their families) to associate a horrific event such as a mass shooting with an autism diagnosis...
Thursday, January 10, 2013
When reporting on a possible intervention for autism, it important to inform your readers as to whether or not the approach is science-based...
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sensory integration is not a new proposition; indeed, it has been marketed in various forms by practitioners for decades...
Monday, October 15, 2012
Unfortunately, in addition to asking for (often significant) outlays of cash and time, some peddlers ask much more – the suspense of disbelief...
Monday, October 08, 2012
"...you may be providing false hope for those parents who want to “heal” their children’s autism...
ASAT Responds to The Daytona Beach News-Journal's “Surf event serves as therapy for kids with autism”
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The implication of the use of the term “therapy” is that the person receiving the therapy will be cured or that symptoms will lessen in clinically measurable ways...
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Although research supports its use in cases of carbon monoxide intoxication, in relation to autism there is no such empirical support, and still much skepticism exists...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
At a time when there are 400+ treatments for autism, journalists must be very careful how they pitch their message, however touching and seemingly benign an intervention may appear...
Friday, August 03, 2012
"...in the absence of guidance from their primary care providers, parents are left to navigate treatment options on their own..."
Friday, July 13, 2012
It is the responsibility of all members involved in the individual’s healthcare and educational team to commit to science, rely on data published in peer-reviewed journals, and be guided by data in making their decisions...