Facilitated Communication Since 1995: A Review of Published Studies

  title={Facilitated Communication Since 1995: A Review of Published Studies},
  author={Mark P. Mostert},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  • M. Mostert
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Previous reviews of Facilitated Communication (FC) studies have clearly established that proponents' claims are largely unsubstantiated and that using FC as an intervention for communicatively impaired or noncommunicative individuals is not recommended. However, while FC is less prominent than in the recent past, investigations of the technique's efficacy continue. This review examines published FC studies since the previous major reviews by Jacobson, Mulick, and Schwartz (1995) and Simpson and… 
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Understanding facilitated communication: Lessons from a former facilitator—Comments on Boynton, 2012
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Understanding facilitated communication: Lessons from a former facilitator—Comments on Boynton, 2012
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EBP Speakers Corner: A revised imperative for curbing the lie of facilitated communication
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Systematic review of facilitated communication 2014–2018 finds no new evidence that messages delivered using facilitated communication are authored by the person with disability
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Further negative findings on facilitated communication
To date, most studies of the efficacy of Facilitated Communication (FC) have been hampered by small samples, limited experience of the subjects with the FC, and diagnostically narrow samples. The
Validation of Facilitated Communication
This study reports the results of an attempt to validate a young adult's use of facilitated communication. The individual, Philip, had made allegations of sexual abuse against his father. These
A case study: Follow-up assessment of facilitated communication
Results indicated that the individual did not engage in any validated FC, that performance was equivalent on food and nonfood trials, and that PECS was the preferred mode of communication, yielding 100% accuracy in a message-passing, object identification task.
Facilitated communication: Better education through applied ideology
Facilitated communication (FC), or the provision of graduated assistance by staff in the selection of keys on a communication device by people with developmental disabilities, has become a widely
Facilitator influence in facilitated communication
The use of facilitated communication with individuals with autism has generated considerable controversy over the past several years. Only recently has research begun appearing which examines the
Facilitated communication: a response by child protection.
Facilitated communication: rejected in science, accepted in court-a case study and analysis of the use of FC evidence under Frye and Daubert.
  • B. Gorman
  • Psychology
    Behavioral sciences & the law
  • 1999
This article traces the phenomenon of facilitated communication from its introduction to the United States in 1990 to its use in recent court proceedings and analyzes the future of FC in those states that have adopted the newer Daubert standard for scientific evidence.
How Teachers Confirm the Authorship of Facilitated Communication: A Portfolio Approach
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Facilitated communicators' performance on a task of receptive language
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