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NCJ Number: 149203 Find in a Library
Title: Autism, Facilitating Communication, and Allegations of Child Abuse and Neglect
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:491-493
Author(s): D P H Jones
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This special issue contains commentaries and responses concerning the role that facilitated communication (FC) may play in helping child protection professionals to evaluate reports of alleged abuse or neglect of an autistic child.
Abstract: While these professionals are aware that autistic children are just as likely to be maltreated as normal children, they are often unfamiliar with autism and with FC, and are dependent on the opinions of experts in the field. Because FC has not yet been fully accepted by the clinical and scientific communities, it should not provide the sole basis for allegation of child abuse. Some research, focusing on the communicative competence of autistic children about whom abuse allegations have surfaced through FC, has indicated that the allegations were derived from the facilitators rather than from the children. On the other hand, FC or other communicative aids may enable access to the minority of autistic children with untapped communicative potential. 2 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Communication techniques; Juveniles; Minors with Disabilities
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