Facilitated Communication − Fact or Fantasy?
Facilitated communication (FC) is a method of assisting non-verbal people to communicate through typing using a typewriter, computer, or other keyboard or by pointing to letters on an alphabet board. Manual guidance of the arm, hand or index finger is provided to enable clients to strike keys or point to letters. As the above quotation indicates, FC has been used with children and adults with physical disabilities as well as those with autism and severe learning difficulties. Growth of interest in FC has been rapid in the 1990s and it is currently one the most controversial treatments in the field of special education.