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A SINGLE SUBJECT STUDY OF FACILITATED COMMUNICATION UNDER FOUR PICTURE SELECTION CONDITIONS

by DIGGS, ADAM LYNN

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether collaboration occurred between an individual using Facilitated Communication and his facilitator or if the facilitator influenced the communicator's responses while determining if learning resulted from the administration of multiple tasks with the same stimuli. The subject was a 26 year old male diagnosed with autism who was facilitated by his mother, a licensed speech language pathologist. A total of 120 trials divided evenly among four different conditions were administered. Overall performance on the test items indicated that the selection of pictures seen by the communicator were not due to chance. The presence of collaboration between the communicator and facilitator, however, could not be validated from this study. The responses of the facilitated communicator indicate that learning may have occurred through repeated trials. Additional studies to analyze learning and collaboration between communicators and facilitators are recommended.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:facilitator facilitating blind study autism

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Date of Publication:01/01/2000

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