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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Facilitated Communication (Overview)

Facilitated communication is an attempt to communicate with children with severe autism spectrum disorders. A facilitator physically guides the hand of a nonverbal child in using an output device such as a keyboard or mouse as a way to communicate with the child. However, controlled studies suggest that the facilitator, rather than the child, was providing the source of the communication.


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How effective are facilitated communication techniques?

How effective are facilitated communication techniques?

They have not been : proven effective, as they do not increase accurate responses produced by a person with a disability. For the history of its use, see http://www.geocities.ws/validationluna/html/a_history_of_FC_e.html. Picture Exchange Systems via iPad "apps" have proved useful for some children with neurodevelopmental disorders like Autistic Spectrum Disorder. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
14 doctors shared insights

Facilitated Communication (Overview)

Facilitated communication is an attempt to communicate with children with severe autism spectrum disorders. A facilitator physically guides the hand of a nonverbal child in using an output device such as a keyboard or mouse as a way to communicate with the child. However, controlled studies suggest that the facilitator, rather than the child, was providing the source of the communication.


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How do you do facilitated communication? Does it actually help?

How do you do facilitated communication?  Does it actually help?

Probably not: This is a technique that supposedly allows people who are unable to communicate by speech, such as those with autism or mental retardation or brain damage, to communicate. It involves the facilitator putting a hand over the patient's hand arm or wrist, and being guided to letters on board or a keyboard. But controlled studies seem to show that the only person communicating is the facilitator. ...Read more

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What are communication difficulties?

What are communication difficulties?

Not sure re:question: Communication affects many areas of life. Communication involves getting out messages that can be understood and being able to understand messages that you are receiving. Communication also involves body language, tone of voice, facial expressions. Any problems with the above might create communication difficulties. To answer completely, the question needs to be more specific. ...Read more

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Term for communication difficulties?

Term for  communication difficulties?

See below: There's no single term for communication difficulties. Depending on the problem, the issue could be expressive (difficulty expressing self, using spoken language), or receptive (difficulty understanding what is communicated). There are various communication disorders ranging from mild to moderate to severe. ...Read more

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What are some communication disorders?

What are some communication disorders?

Impaired ability: to receive, process, comprehend & send concepts via verbal, non-verbal or graphic symbol systems may be a developmental or acquired disability, either primary or secondary to other neurological & neurodevelopmental disorders of prenatal or post-natal onset & evident in the processes of hearing, language &/or speech. A list is on m.medlineplus.gov/speechandcommunicationdisorders. ...Read more

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What are some communication disorders (slp)?

What are some communication disorders (slp)?

As DSM 5: According to DSM V: Communication Disorders include-Language disorder, lSpeech and sound disorders, Childhood onset Flluency Dsorder (stuttering), Social Communciation Disorders, and unspecified Communiciation Disorder. In some case Autistic Spectrum disorders included. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a communication disorder!?

How to tell if I have a communication disorder!?

Have an evaluation: By a speech and communications disorders expert. Go to the website at www.Asha.Org and in the right-hand column on the page you will find a list that contains a link to a provider directory. You can find someone in your area there and set up an appointment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a communication disorder?

What sort of disease is a communication disorder?

Multifactorial one: I will share this question with experts in the many fields who see people with communication disorders. It can be due to one or many interacting causes. Treatment often involves multiple approaches including education, speech therapy, occasionally medication, etc. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a communication disorder?

Could you explain what is a communication disorder?

Communication: Disorders include problems related to speech, language and auditory processing (difficulty understanding or interpreting spoken language) and may include simple sound repetitions (stuttering), problems articulating (saying/expressing) words, or complete inability to use speech and language for communication (aphasia). Hearing, voice, and learning disabilities may be involved. ...Read more