Passion to Believe: Autism and the Facilitated Communication Phenomenon

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"While the main purpose of this book is to report on my research, ultimately this book is about more than facilitated communication. It is about what I have come to call the FC culture—that sociopolitical phenomenon in which unanimity of thought and philosophy has created a class of believers whose 'sacred’ mission is not only to advance the cause of facilitated communication but also to disparage the opposition. It is also about the far-reaching effects that occur when common practice disassociates itself from common sense and when ethics and

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"While the main purpose of this book is to report on my research, ultimately this book is about more than facilitated communication. It is about what I have come to call the FC culture—that sociopolitical phenomenon in which unanimity of thought and philosophy has created a class of believers whose 'sacred’ mission is not only to advance the cause of facilitated communication but also to disparage the opposition. It is also about the far-reaching effects that occur when common practice disassociates itself from common sense and when ethics and responsibility fall victim to a passion to believe.”Thus begins A Passion to Believe, Diane Twachtman-Cullen’s critical assessment of facilitated communication. Employed as a technique for drawing out the so-called hidden language of nonverbal or expressively limited (typically autistic) individuals, FC has been highly controversial in the United States since its introduction in 1991. Proponents claim the technique frees even profoundly impaired clients of the constraints of disability and allows them to communicate effectively for the first time with their families and caregivers. Scientific experts disagree, citing contradictions between these claims and scientific evidence of the true nature of autism. Resistant to validation by scientific scrutiny and yet quick to introduce facilitated messages as evidence in courtroom claims of abuse by caregivers, FC advocates have generated a polarized debate in the disability community.In her investigation, Twachtman-Cullen plays by the rules of the FC community, employing meticulously documented qualitative, rather than quantitative, research methods to study facilitators and their clients at work. Through her participant observation and assessment, and using actual case studies and transcripts of FC sessions, she confirms the mounting evidence that results obtained through FC are insupportable. In her detailed portraits, heartbreaking scenarios emerge of fervent facilitators and frustrated clients. Moreover, she demonstrates the harm that FC can inflict when unconscious facilitator influence distorts the intentions of the client, creates false hope in families, and leads to false charges of abuse and neglect by caregivers. Her findings will be of interest to anyone concerned with the care of the disabled as well as those interested in the psychology of belief and the struggle between science and pseudoscience.

Presents qualitative research using observation & case studies, confirms evidence that FC is insupportable.

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An in-depth qualitative examination of facilitated communication as it was conceptualized and experienced by three staunch proponents of the technique with three of their adult clients. Drawing upon participant observation and assessment as well as actual case studies and transcripts of FC sessions, the author argues that the highly controversial technique for drawing out the so-called hidden language of autistic individuals has socio-political overtones and that the results create false hope in families, or lead to false charges of abuse and neglect by caregivers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813390987
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Essays in Developmental Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Twachtman-Cullen is executive director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Consultation Center in Cromwell, Connecticut. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a communication disorders specialist.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Prologue: Setting the Stage 1
1 Getting Down to Basics 5
2 The Emerging Portrait of the Facilitator 23
3 A Portrait of the Client 49
Pt. 2 The Drama Unfolds 73
4 At All Costs: The Messages of F1-C1 77
5 An Unreal Reality: The Messages of F2-C2 95
6 By Your Hand Alone: The Messages of F3-C3 109
7 Getting the Message Loud and Clear 116
Pt. 3 Unsettling Reviews 125
8 From Discordance to Disconnection 127
9 Behind the Mystique 136
10 If I Hadn't Believed It, I Wouldn't Have Seen It 149
11 Beyond the Hype and Circumstance: The FC Culture Unveiled 156
Epilogue: The Reviews Continue to Come In 168
Appendix 171
References 195
About the Author 202
Index 203
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    beautifully written, sound reasoning

    I wish this book had come out about 7, 8 years earlier. Perhaps all of those hurt by this nonsense would have been spared. An extremely rational look at a phenomenon that, unfortunately, continues to this day. I hope the 'pushers' and advocaters of this dangerous fraud will take this book to heart. It boggles the mind how major universities and top notch professionals in the field can continue in the face of the strength against it. But they do and children continue to get hurt. The best part of the book is the author's own personal involvement in using the 'method' and how easily it is to get swept away. I couldn't put this book down and highly recommend it to anyone who has anything to do w/autism.

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