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CSD 823X Augmentative Communication

Facilitated Communication for Autistic Persons

Caroline Rose Wood

January 30, 2008

   1. Length of Presentation 25 minutes including final quiz
   2. There will be a quiz of 5 questions given out at the beginning of the presentation, with the answers given at the end. The quiz will be on a handout, with the answers written somewhere (upside down, other side, etc....)
   3. Presentation should be rich in audiovisual content: e.g., video, slides, handouts. The materials can be presented in PowerPoint format with video and audio and animations, etc.
   4. The presentation, including video files, can be put on a CD-ROM and distributed to fellow students.
   5. While you are preparing your presentation, you are encouraged to place materials, including this Prolegomena, on the web, through our web site. This is an important part of our course, since it fosters team participation.
   6. Rehearse and time your presentation. JBE will be forced to use the "HOOK" if you go over even by 1 nanosecond!
I. Introduction
A.  Generalized overview/abstract of topic of facilitated communication for autistic persons
B.  Autism
1.  Definition of PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
 a. Autistic Disorder—
i.  History of
 ii. Accompanying characterstics
b. Asperger’s Disorder—characteristics
c. Child Disintegrated Disorder (CDD)—characteristics
d.  Rett’s Disorder—characteristics
e.  Unspecified-PDD’s
2.  Prevalence of various PDD’s
3.  Diagnosis & Treatment
4. Causes and Research
a.  Various studies conducted
b.  Modern theories on causes and  developmental abnormalities
5.  Effects of Autism on communication
a.  Language, intonation, rhythm problems, etc.
b.  Non-verbal effects
C. Facilitated Communication
1.  Definition of Facilitated Communication (How it works, who uses it)
2.  Types of Facilitated communication devices
3.  Uses of Facilitated Communication
4.  Training of facilitators
5.  Facilitated communication in relation to Autistic persons
D.  Benefits and Drawbacks of Facilitated Communication
1.  Examples of benefits
a.  Testimonials
2.  Drawbacks and controversy of FC—overview
a.  Stance of the American Psychological Association
b.  Examples of negative uses
II. Conclusion

Artificial Language Lab, MSU

Autism Society of America   
•    http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage
Ruling on FC by the APA
•    http://www.apa.org/about/division/cpmscientific.html#6
Overview of facilitated communication
•    http://www.cqc.state.ny.us/hottopics/fcnatal.htm
Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic information on PDD’s
•    http://www.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/autism/pddinfo.html
Video about the controversy surrounding FC
•    http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/presents/shows/autism.world/fc/index.html

Information on the Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University
•    http://thefci.syr.edu/index.html
Autism and Communication
•    http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/autism.asp