Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Autism and facilitated communication

A SCIAM blogger has a good review of thestate of "facilitated communication" as a method for helping autistic persons communicate their thoughts and needs. I think respectful and sympathetic skepticism is indicated, along with a willingness to look for benefits, irregardless of actual mechanism. Physicians know many "placebo" treatments are powerful and valuable. The tough question is how much to pay for them.

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