Some fads never die—they only hide behind other names: Facilitated Communication is not and never will be Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  title={Some fads never die—they only hide behind other names: Facilitated Communication is not and never will be Augmentative and Alternative Communication},
  author={Kimberly Wombles},
  journal={Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention},
  pages={181 - 186}
  • Kimberly Wombles
  • Published 2 October 2014
  • Psychology
  • Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
Abstract Parents of nonspeaking children with autism are vulnerable to treatments that promise them a whole, normal child hidden within the nonspeaking child. Facilitated communication (FC) and the rapid prompting method (RPM) have, despite being debunked, flourished in the last decade, due to the ability of the internet to connect parents with individuals who are being facilitated and display eloquent, even advanced communication skills. In order for the medical, psychological, and education… 
“Attention: Myth Follows!” Facilitated Communication, Parent and Professional Attitudes towards Evidence-based Practice, and the Power of Misinformation
Abstract 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
EBP Speakers Corner: A revised imperative for curbing the lie of facilitated communication
Abstract Lilienfield, Marshall, Todd, and Shane present a useful portrait of the continued promulgation of facilitated communication (FC) as an effective intervention for persons with severe autism
A Single-Subject Evaluation of Facilitated Communication in the Completion of School-Assigned Homework
A SINGLE-SUBJECT EVALUATION OF FACILITATED COMMUNICATION IN THE COMPLETION OF SCHOOL-ASSIGNED HOMEWORK Nancy A. Meissner Antioch University Seattle Seattle, WA Few projects have combined quantitative
Systematic review of facilitated communication 2014–2018 finds no new evidence that messages delivered using facilitated communication are authored by the person with disability
A systematic review of the literature on FC published between 2014 and 2018 found no new studies on authorship and there remains no evidence that FC is a valid form of communication for individuals with severe communication disabilities.
Facilitated communication, Anna Stubblefield and disability studies
Abstract This article discusses the case of Anna Stubblefield, a US disability studies scholar and Professor of Ethics at Rutgers University who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually
Social media and social marketing in relation to facilitated communication: Harnessing the affordances of social media for knowledge translation
Abstract In this reply to Lilienfeld, Marshall, Todd, and Shane (2015) we provide a social marketing perspective on ways that facilitated communication (FC) is presented and discussed on social media
Meehl (1978) argued that clinical psychology has made slow scientific progress and in the subsequent forty years this situation unfortunately has not changed. This paper argues that the reasons for


Voices from the past: Comparing the rapid prompting method and facilitated communication
The history and damage caused by facilitated communication is reviewed and the parallels between FC and the Rapid Prompting Method are highlighted to ensure the safety of people with disabilities that are involved with RPM.
The persistence of fad interventions in the face of negative scientific evidence: Facilitated communication for autism as a case example
Abstract Communication disorder and mental health professionals may assume that once novel clinical techniques have been refuted by research, they will be promptly abandoned. Using facilitated
Stolen voices: Facilitated communication is an abuse of human rights
Abstract Despite the overwhelming research evidence discrediting the validity of Facilitated Communication (FC), Lilienfeld, Marshall, Todd and Shane (2015) have demonstrated that the use of FC is
Sound and Fury: When Opposition to Facilitated Communication Functions as Hate Speech
The political aspects of the controversy over the use of FC as a communication tool and the ways in which anti-FC rhetoric oppresses FC users are focused on.
Facilitated Communication and Authorship: A Systematic Review
A synthesis of the extant peer-reviewed literature on the question of authorship in Facilitated Communication indicated unequivocal evidence for facilitator control: messages generated through FC are authored by the facilitators rather than the individuals with disabilities.
The only study investigating the rapid prompting method has serious methodological flaws but data suggest the most likely outcome is prompt dependency
This review provides a summary and appraisal commentary on the treatment review by Chen, G. M., Yoder, K. J., Ganzel, B. L., Goodwin, M. S., & Belmonte, M. K. (2012). Harnessing repetitive behaviors
ISAAC Position Statement on Facilitated Communication
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