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.
ASAT Responds to Huffington Post's "The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism"
Saturday, March 31, 2012
The fact that ostensibly responsible journalists fail to understand the simple theory of falsifiability is difficult to swallow...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Behavior challenges in children and young adults that are not adequately addressed may escalate in severity over time...
Friday, February 17, 2012
Indeed, there is no scientific support for the psychoanalytic theory or treatment of autism...
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The human and financial costs of children with autism who do NOT receive adequate treatment can cripple parents for a lifetime...
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Upon closer inspection of the topics covered in the week-long training, we took exception to the use of "evidence based comprehensive treatments" to describe all of the following treatment approaches for individuals with autism...
Monday, January 30, 2012
While you acknowledge some positive benefits of applied behavior analytic treatment, your emphasis ignores a large body of research indicating that children who receive Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) benefit significantly relative to those children who do not receive EIBI...
Friday, January 27, 2012
In a very straightforward way, you have denounced the organization's mismanagement of funds and, worse, their false association and improper use of the names of renowned organizations...
ASAT Responds to NY Times Story "A French Film Takes Issue With the Psychoanalytic Approach to Autism"
Sunday, January 22, 2012
If anyone has failed, it has been the psychoanalytic community which, in the last 50 years, has been unable to produce credible evidence for its assertions, has robbed children of their futures, and has abdicated responsibility for the harm they have caused families...
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...