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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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. Milroy Samuel
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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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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Differences between listening and hearing in communication?

Differences between listening and hearing in communication?

Listening: Is the physical effort to hear e.g. Holding a hand behind the ear to catch more sound. Hearing is the perception of sound as picked up by the hearing mechanism interpreted in brain. ...Read more

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What is the resident's role in assisting with endotracheal intubation?

What is the resident's role in assisting with endotracheal intubation?

Supervised: A resident typically handles the entire endotracheal intubation process under the supervision of an attending physician. ...Read more

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How can someone with alexithymia enhance communication skills?

How can someone with alexithymia enhance communication skills?

Namenda (memantine): Although it is off-label, the medication used to treat alzheimer's disease, Namenda (memantine) can help improve verbal functioning in this area. I have personally treated hundreds of autistic (including aspergers) individuals successfully improving their ability to converse, make friends, connect better with others, enhance vocabulary and syntax skills at usual doses. ...Read more

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Does assisted living allow people with cognitive impairment in?

Does assisted living allow people with cognitive impairment in?

Yes they do!: Assisted living facilities are long-term programs, regulated independently by each state. In fact, a large number of residents often have alzheimer's or other dementias. Services are provided on a 24-hour basis and include treatment and care based on individualized assessments. Dignity and quality of life are also key elements of care (see www.Alz.Org). ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are job descriptions that require team skills and good communication skills discriminating against autistic?

Can you tell me, are job descriptions that require team skills and good communication skills discriminating against autistic?

There : May be some jobs out there that are, but sometimes the autistic mind can outperform piers if they are able to get by with some basic ability and training. Keep looking, there is something out there! ...Read more

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Does hipaa allow facility administration to keep information from aides that work "very closely" with alf residents with c-diff?

Does hipaa allow facility administration to keep information from aides that work "very closely" with alf residents with c-diff?

No: It is medically necessary for all people that work with patients with c. Difficile to be aware that they have it so that they can take the necessary precautions to prevent its spread throughout the facility. Also the aides must gown and glove to prevent acquiring the infection themselves. ...Read more

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Which diagnostic imaging process allows for direct visualization of intestine?

Which diagnostic imaging process allows for direct visualization of intestine?

CT/capsule endoscopy: Ct or ct enterography will allow you the best global picture of everything in the abdomen. Ultrasound can show solid abdominal organs but is limited evaluating air containing structures like large/small bowel. For direct visualization of the mucosa, capsule endoscopy (small cameral you swallow) may work. It all depends on the clinical indication. ...Read more

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Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia?

Does animal assisted therapy assist with schizophrenia?

Unknown: As far as i know, there are no well-controlled research studies that have tried to answer this question. I'm not aware of any evidence showing that it either works or doesn't work. ...Read more

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Can problems with communication and language impairment be treated through medicines?

Can problems with communication and language impairment be treated through medicines?

Depends: I am not sure i understand your question. But if for example a person has a problem in this area there are usually problems in the brain. Therapy is the first place to start but oftentimes like with autism meds can help too. ...Read more

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Are relationships necessary for the development of human social behavior?

Are relationships necessary for the development of human social behavior?

Yes: We learn constantly by the environment and by those around us. Without relationships , we would not learn how our actions affect others. It is critical that infants and children have strong, stable relationships with consistent caregivers to promote normal social interactions. ...Read more

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Is this abnormal sleeptalking?: coherent/clear interactive conversation (sometimes uncharacteristically irritable) with eyes open/body movement.

Is this abnormal sleeptalking?: coherent/clear interactive conversation (sometimes uncharacteristically irritable) with eyes open/body movement.

It's common: Talking in our sleep is pretty common. When i was young, i used to sit up in bed and have long conversations with my mother, and then my wife. Now, at 66, all I do is snore. Don't worry about it, just make sure you trust whoever you sleep near. ...Read more

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Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

Not traditionally: I don't believe so. There may be some programs that will experiment with noninvasive pre-fontan imaging, but i believe that this is risky. The pressures are obtainable only by catheterization and this data may change the operation (e.g., whether or not to fenestrate the fontan to allow a pop-off of blue blood to increase the cardiac output.) catheterization also allows presurgical interventions. ...Read more

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Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Development: Many nicus have developmental follow up clinics to evaluate progress and needs after going home from the nicu and the children are prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy as is warranted. The therapy occurs on developmentally appropriate levels which is often through play therapy. ...Read more

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How to encourage new neural pathway connections in brain?

How to encourage new neural pathway connections in brain?

Challenge: Challenge your mind with new learning and new problems solving skills and you will keep your brain improving its connections. ...Read more

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