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.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Frustration with autism's complexities plus a genuine desire to help could lead to a willingness to try anything to address challenging behavior...
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Those guided by scientific evidence in the treatment of autism have been appalled by the amount of positive media attention that facilitated communication has garnered over the years...
ASAT Responds to The Detroit News story, "Study: Michigan autism teachers need more training: experience, effective practices lacking, says a report from MSU"
Friday, September 16, 2011
...however, all too often, when given license to "use a variety of approaches" we have seen some special education teachers do what they want, what they like, what is easiest, what is cheapest, and what they already know...
Thursday, August 18, 2011
We believe it is important and necessary to make the distinction between the joys of a relationship with a pet and the effects of treatment for autism...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
While I recognize that the author summarized comments of others, the story contains misleading information...
Sunday, July 31, 2011
How disheartening to think that with the level of evidence that is available to support behavioral intervention, "effective treatment would need to be "trial and error" for children with ASD..."
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Waiting until adulthood to teach complex work skills within service delivery models that have low staffing ratios will not likely culminate in proficient and marketable skills...
Monday, June 06, 2011
Faced with aggressive and, in some cases, disingenuous marketing tactics, how can families and persons with autism confidently investigate possible treatments?
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Important conversations about autism treatment are sidetracked when journalists use sensationalism in the titles of their articles...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
...there are no published research studies supporting the effectiveness of the DAN protocol, and furthermore, many of the techniques practiced by DAN physicians are considered to be harmful by the medical community at large...