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.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
In the absence of data from well-controlled scientific studies, a testimonial from a consumer and opinions offered by Brain Balance therapists or franchise owners do not establish Brain Balance as a scientifically validated treatment for autism…
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Despite the caveats, articles such as yours with the media attention it brings may raise concern for a few, but actually may do more to increase revenue for those turning autism treatment into a cottage industry…
ASAT Responds to Chicago Tribune story "FDA Warns Maker of Product Used as Alternative Autism Treatment"
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It is unconscionable that medical professionals in leadership roles make unsubstantiated declarations about unproven treatments, especially those that may have side effects that threaten health and safety of children…
Monday, July 19, 2010
Ireland's Department of Education is making some dangerous and unfounded assumptions. Acting upon these assumptions will harm children, squelch progress, and lead to generations of soon-to-be-adults with autism who will require significant life-long services…
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
For a number of years now, scientific studies have confirmed that vaccines are not causally linked to autism. That is the good news…
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This is a time when families of children with autism are bombarded with treatment claims and, too often, promises of “magic bullets” or cures based on little more than slick marketing, bold testimonial or word-of-mouth. Many of these so-called treatments offer much but deliver little…
Friday, April 30, 2010
Dr. Ahearn's account of the research at the New England Center for Children that helped to debunk facilitated communication is a story that should be heard by all families, professionals, and policy makers interested in providing the best possible treatment for individuals with autism.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Parents of children with autism are presented with a bewildering number of treatment options, often to the point of great confusion. Unfortunately, many of these options have little or no scientific evidence to support their use for the core or associated features of autism…
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Twenty-five years ago, I read a book about the Son-Rise program as part of an undergraduate psychology course. It was a compelling story. To date, there has not been a single study documenting the effectiveness…
ASAT Responds to Lexington Herald-Leader story "E. Ky. school uses intensive therapy to educate kids with autism"
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
We applaud the Highlands Center for Autism for making such a commitment to these precious children and for relying on objective data to guide efforts to help them realize their fullest potential…