Facilitated communication vs augmentative and alternative communication


Watch this episode on ABC's 20/20 for a real world controversial expose with regard to facilitated communication:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wendrows-sex-abuse-cases-dismissed-facilitated-communication/story?id=15274276#.TyWWCJgpw80






Wikipedia has a comprehensive article regarding facilitated communication.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facilitated_communication

It is important to "understand the history, use and research on facilitated communication as a form of communication access (candidacy, appropriate supports and work towards independent typing; research including controversy over authorship)." (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Guidelines for the Preparation of Teachers of Moderate and Severe Disabilities: Instruction on the appropriate use of augmentative and alternative communication and other assistive technologies., December 2011.



Augmentative and alternative communication is more of a global term focused on using tools and strategies that promote user independence. Further information about this approach can also be found in wikipedia.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmentative_and_alternative_communication



After you have completed these investigations, please click on the Discussions Tab above and respond to this prompt:


Based on these investigations, what are your impressions about facilitated communication. Do you believe that this a valid approach to communication?