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Uncritically advocates fraudulent treatment
on July 2, 2014
This film uncritically advocates Soma Mukhopadhyay's Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), which is a modern reboot of Facilitated Communication. Mukhopadhyay is seen repeatedly instructing her young clients to spell words by pointing at plastic letterboards -- letterboards which Mukhopadhyay is holding in the air and unmistakeably moving to shape the student's "choice". This is exactly the kind of method FC practitioners used to create the illusion that their clients were speaking, back in the eighties and nineties. Subsequent research has consistently shown that the words come from the facilitator, not the client, and that FC is useless at best and destructive at worst.
To anyone considering the use of Facilitated Communication or RPM: Your desire to communicate with your nonverbal friends or family members is admirable, but please research the history of this technique before accepting the claims of its proponents. I'd suggest watching the 1993 Frontline (PBS) documentary, "Prisoners of Silence", available on YouTube.
There are ways of helping autistic people manage their sensory experiences, and ways of fostering genuine communication and connection between autistic and non-autistic folks, but Facilitated Communication isn't one of them.