The Maturing of Facilitated Communication: A Means Toward Independent Communication

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Facilitated communication (FC) can be a successful means for people to learn to communicate effectively and independently. The preponderance of peer-reviewed articles supports FC as a useful tool for developing communication skills. While there has been a chasm of difference in qualitative versus quantitative studies on FC, researchers have produced a body of current literature confirming the method. Many people with significant intellectual disabilities, through the use of FC, have been able to demonstrate their ability to successfully communicate. We, as a profession, now need to respond with collaborative scholarship. In addition, revised position statements must be developed reflecting the past research findings and encouraging future research.


This article was originally published in Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, volume 39, issue 3, in 2014. DOI: 10.1177/1540796914555581

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