Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Facilitated Communications" and Autism - Thoughts and Reflections



My sister Sandy and I spent over a hour last night talking with each other on our iPhones about the concept of "facilitated communications" for autistic individuals. Sandy indicated that as a part of the Educational Psychology class that she is "facilitating" with a group of Master's students, that this term is one of the concepts she has on the list to cover.

I didn't really know what it was, but after having her explain it to me, had a wonderful dialogue with her. She sent me the video above so I could gain further information.

Amazing to me the many things that were so obvious to Sandy and me in the video weren't instantly obvious to many folks in the video. It is astounding to me that the folks didn't consider the possibility of the facilitator unconsciously directing the communication of the autistic individuals. That realization is kind of scary to me.

It is a long video but well worth the watch. Check it out and let me know what are you thoughts, reactions, conclusions.

I just enjoy learning things :)!

5 comments:

Connie Masson - Business and Education Research, Training, Consulting, Marketing and Management said...

What about this instead? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vomkNSluWW4&NR=1

Anna Holen said...
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Anna Holen said...

Let me try that again! I just saw an article in my old home town newspaper about this:

http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_18478215?nclick_check=1

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