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, December 28, 2010
In addition, you reported that "...a wide range of therapeutic approaches give (sic) children with autism a chance at a better life." This claim is actually contrary to current scientific evidence...
ASAT Responds to Fort Worth Star-Telegram's 'Applied Behavior Analysis Is Autism Treatment of Choice"
Friday, December 10, 2010
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is used successfully with many groups of people (not just persons with autism)...
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Although we agree in principle with most of the points in your article, it was a bit disconcerting that you described the evidence for behavioral therapy as "somewhat effective..."
ASAT Responds to Stamford Advocate's "Phony Autism Specialist Sentenced to Three Years in Prison" Story
Friday, October 29, 2010
When you entrust your child into the care of "professionals," you should not have to worry about whether they are truthful about their credentials...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Chelation is a very serious treatment that should be given only to those with documented heavy metal toxicity, given the risks and side effects..
Saturday, October 23, 2010
There is a misconception that services in the United States are superior to that of our neighbors to the north. I can assure you...
ASAT Responds to Atlanta Journal-Constitution's 'Tech Hopes to Develop Early Warning Tools and Treatments for Autism'
Thursday, September 30, 2010
As you mention in your article, there is a critical period during which intervention is at its most effective…
Monday, September 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
It is an understatement to say that Ivar Lovaas was a pioneer...