Facilitated Communication

Facilitated communication, also referred to as supported typing, is a technique involving the help of a facilitator or aid user who guides a person’s hand in pointing symbols and letters from a communication device such as a tablet or computer. It is based on the premise that many of those who have communication disabilities have movement difficulties. This controversial alternative communication is meant to help those with language impairment such as individuals with autism. However, some studies have concluded that facilitated communication does not yield significant benefits for individuals with autism. Also, the facilitators may consciously or unconsciously influence the composition of the message being typed.

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