PSYC 3230 Lecture Notes - Facilitated Communication

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Autistic people point towards letters to spell out words while a facilitator holds their hand for stabilization
Designed to assist people with autism to communicate
That autistic people don't understand most of what is being said
Challenged assumptions about autism
When the autistic person is asked to spell something that the facilitator cannot see, the results are gibberish
Skeptics say that the facilitators are leading the autistic person to choose certain letters and are communicating for them
Studies determine that the communications come unwittingly from the facilitator
This documentary is about 15 years old and FC is no longer used in many areas (including Ontario)
Something bogus can gain support easily
Once something has been brought into use, it is difficult to change beliefs about it
Morals of this story:
Facilitated Communication
Facilitated Communication
Monday, January 21, 2013
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