Comments and a personal reflection on the persistence of facilitated communication

@article{Mirenda2014CommentsAA,
  title={Comments and a personal reflection on the persistence of facilitated communication},
  author={Pat Mirenda},
  journal={Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention},
  year={2014},
  volume={8},
  pages={102 - 110}
}
  • P. Mirenda
  • Published 3 April 2014
  • Psychology
  • Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
Abstract In a recent article, Lilienfeld, Marshall, Todd, and Shane (2015) provided a detailed account of the history of facilitated communication (FC), the research demonstrating its lack of credibility as a communication technique, and the reasons FC continues to be used despite the lack of scientific evidence to support its use. This paper builds on the previous account by offering both a personal reflection and additional explanations for the persistence of misinformation about FC. Based on… 
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