The moral obligation to be empirical: Comments on Boynton's “Facilitated Communication—what harm it can do: Confessions of a former facilitator”

  title={The moral obligation to be empirical: Comments on Boynton's “Facilitated Communication—what harm it can do: Confessions of a former facilitator”},
  author={James T. Todd},
  journal={Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention},
  pages={36 - 57}
  • J. Todd
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Psychology
  • Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention
Janyce Boynton (2012) does a great service by explaining how she came to author false accusations of sexual abuse against an innocent family using “facilitated communication” (FC). FC involves a “facilitator” allegedly providing motor and emotional support to enable nonspeaking people to communicate by typing or similar means. FC was never credible and is now scientifically discredited. Nevertheless, FC seems to be growing in professional and academic adherents. This article expands Boynton's… 
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