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.
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…
Friday, December 19, 2008
The article, "Parents Press States for Autism Insurance Laws" quotes me as saying that the evidence for applied behavior analysis (ABA) after the age of 6 or 7 years is "sparse." Actually, I said there are many studies showing that ABA is effective for children for autism at all ages…
Thursday, October 23, 2008
In general, this article corrected many misconceptions related to the condition of autism; however, the information about autism treatment was scant…
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The information presented in the article is both incomplete and inaccurate in light of published empirical data on autism treatment effectiveness…
Monday, October 13, 2008
While we appreciate your efforts to educate the public, it is important to point out there are no peer-reviewed studies showing that dairy consumption has any role in causing autism…
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Though not an easy or inexpensive approach, and certainly not a cure for autism, ABA deserves better review and accurate representation. Also noteworthy is that ABA has been shown to increase independence…