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.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
The Lancet can retract the 1998 article authored by Dr. Wakefield. Unfortunately, what cannot be retracted is the impact this article has had on promulgating misinformation about the cause of autism, increasing the number of unvaccinated children…
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We want to formally extend our appreciation for this story, which highlighted a tragedy far too many families have experienced. This piece described a gut-wrenching experience faced by parents of an individual with autism who, through facilitated communication, falsely accused…
ASAT Responds to Chicago Tribune story "Autism Treatment: Science Hijacked to Support Alternative Therapies"
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
This article correctly informs the reader that physicians are making grossly inaccurate claims about the scientific evidence behind unproven biomedical treatments, as well as about the "recoveryâ€ of of children who undergo these treatments…
Monday, November 30, 2009
With so many unexamined treatments available for children with autism, it is extremely important that we continue to promote treatments which are science based; thank you for doing this in your article. We are writing today to provide feedback and hopefully some clarification of a few statements that could lead to misunderstandings which may have unfortunate consequences…
Monday, September 28, 2009
While we appreciate your efforts to raise awareness of treatment of the disorder, the article contains misleading information and suggests that all therapies are equally effective…
ASAT Responds to NY Times story "Regimens: Restrictive Diets May Not Be Appropriate for Children With Autism"
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Rabin's piece correctly informs the reader that gluten-free and casein-free diets have no scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness…
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
In particular, we wanted to commend the piece for highlighting that applied behavior analysis (ABA) is considered a "gold standard"...
Friday, March 06, 2009
Source [ http://discovermagazine.com/.../04-can-a-dvd-teach-kids-with-autism-to-understand-emotions
While I am grateful for the attention paid to autism and the focus on Baron-Cohen's promising direction in the field, I wanted to draw your attention to a misleading statement which might be either a typographical error or possible confusion of the author…
Monday, February 16, 2009
Far too often treatments that lack any scientific support are given extensive attention in the media, leading families to pursue a laundry list of interventions with a lot of promises but very little results…
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Jane Brody's "Trying Anything and Everything for Autism" accurately described behavioral intervention as an effective autism treatment while outlining a family's struggle with repeated attempts at dangerous and unproven "bio-medical" interventions to address their child's autism…