“Attention: Myth Follows!” Facilitated Communication, Parent and Professional Attitudes towards Evidence-based Practice, and the Power of Misinformation

D. Trembath, J. Paynter, D. Keen, Ullrich Ecker

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Abstract

© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Facilitated Communication (FC) is a non-evidence-based intervention with documented dangers that continues to be used with some children with autism spectrum disorders. In this response to Lilienfeld, Marshall, Todd, and Shane, we consider how the findings of our own research involving parents and professionals may contribute to the development of strategies aimed at countering FC and other unsupported practices. We also consider the ways in which misinformation may be contributing to the persistence of FC. We affirm Lilienfeld et al.’s recommendation that countering FC requires a comprehensive and concerted effort, which must build awareness, capacity, and resilience within parents, professionals, and organizations to adopt only evidence-based interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-126
JournalEvidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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