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, June 11, 2012
The testimonials you highlighted are ... very dangerous if those responsible for the education and treatment of children with autism make treatment and funding decisions based on these "feel good" unsubstantiated stories...
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Teaching first responders about autism and the complexities involved in interacting with individuals with social and communication delays is an incredibly worthwhile effort...
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
"...consider that a child who spends 15 minutes per school day engaged in ineffective sensory therapies will lose 50 hours per year or more of school time that could be spent on programming related to the promotion of independence..."
Monday, May 28, 2012
Treatment outcome is not black and white, and an exclusive focus on "cure" cheapens the incredible gains that are made by children and adults with autism every day...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
...The fact that only 20% of French children with autism attend school, and that psychiatric placement is prevalent, likely has to do with which has been the treatment of choice in France over the last several decades...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
While we understand that you were summarizing the comments and opinions of others, the story unfortunately contains some misleading information...
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Although your report underscores the ineffectiveness of HBOT, it also would have helpful if science-based treatment options had been offered...
ASAT Responds to Huffington Post's "The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism"
Saturday, March 31, 2012
The fact that ostensibly responsible journalists fail to understand the simple theory of falsifiability is difficult to swallow...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Behavior challenges in children and young adults that are not adequately addressed may escalate in severity over time...
Friday, February 17, 2012
Indeed, there is no scientific support for the psychoanalytic theory or treatment of autism...