Media Watch (a subcommittee of the Public Relations Committee) has three primary initiatives:
- Educating the public about effective autism treatment through proactive contact with the media;
- Responding to inaccurate information or proposed treatments described by the media (as it relates to scientific findings about their effectiveness); and
- Supporting accurate media depictions of empirically–sound interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
We seek to increase awareness of the scientific underpinnings surrounding autism treatment that can lead to real hope for those touched by this disorder.
Below are some recent letters showcasing our Media Watch efforts.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
At a time when there are 400+ treatments for autism, journalists must be very careful how they pitch their message, however touching and seemingly benign an intervention may appear...
Friday, August 03, 2012
"...in the absence of guidance from their primary care providers, parents are left to navigate treatment options on their own..."
Friday, July 13, 2012
It is the responsibility of all members involved in the individual’s healthcare and educational team to commit to science, rely on data published in peer-reviewed journals, and be guided by data in making their decisions...
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Your accurate summary of high unemployment...is exemplified by the personal stories that describe a very real and terrifying prospect for the parents of these young adults...
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Researchers have the duty and the expertise to test treatments for children with autism and thus, only those methods demonstrated to be safe and effective should be endorsed amid the myriad of choices a parent has to make...
Monday, June 11, 2012
The testimonials you highlighted are ... very dangerous if those responsible for the education and treatment of children with autism make treatment and funding decisions based on these "feel good" unsubstantiated stories...
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Teaching first responders about autism and the complexities involved in interacting with individuals with social and communication delays is an incredibly worthwhile effort...
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
"...consider that a child who spends 15 minutes per school day engaged in ineffective sensory therapies will lose 50 hours per year or more of school time that could be spent on programming related to the promotion of independence..."
Monday, May 28, 2012
Treatment outcome is not black and white, and an exclusive focus on "cure" cheapens the incredible gains that are made by children and adults with autism every day...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
...The fact that only 20% of French children with autism attend school, and that psychiatric placement is prevalent, likely has to do with which has been the treatment of choice in France over the last several decades...