Speech Professionals Denounce Controversial Communication Methods

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[Source: Disability Scoop]

A group representing the nation’s speech-language pathologists is warning against using controversial “facilitator-dependent” communication techniques with people who have disabilities.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, or ASHA, unanimously approved position statements this month discouraging the use of “facilitated communication,” “rapid prompting method” and similar practices. The group said people with communication disabilities have the right to effective, independent means of communication.

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