Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Assessing 'Alternative' Therapies for Communication Disorders in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Facilitated Communication and Auditory Integration Training

Author(s) Bryna Siegel, PhD
Brian Zimnizky, MD
Volume 22
Number 2
Year 1998
Page(s) 61-73
Language English
Keywords autistic
Abstract This report will review and critique the existing literature on two techniques for improving the communication skills of children with autism. The two techniques that will be reviewed are facilitated communication (F/C) and auditory integration training (AIT). The purpose of this review is to help speech- language clinicians and audiologists assess the validity and utility of these methods based on research that has been conducted with each method. Another, and over-arching purpose of this report is to aid clinicians in using sound principles of scientific thinking about research methodologies as the need arises to assess future new techniques.

Ce rapport étudiera et critiquera la littérature actuelle sur les techniques visant à améliorer les habiletés de communication des enfants porteurs d’autisme. Les deux techniques examinées sont la communication facilitée (F/C) et l’éducation en intégration auditive (AIT). Le but de cette étude est d’aider les orthophonistes et les audiologistes à évaluer la validité et l’utilité de ces méthodes à partir de travaux de recherche entrepris à l’égard de chacune de ces méthodes. Un autre objectif, plus large encore, serait d’aider les cliniciens à avoir recours à des principes scientifiques rigoureux vis-à-vis des méthodes de recherche à employer pour évaluer les techniques futures.
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