Facilitated Communication, Worth Trying

| by Val

I'm So Glad You Found Me in Here, by Matt & Nancy Hobson, is a wonderful autobiography about using facilitated communication in order to provide a form of communication to one boy. In his case, facilitated communication was just what the doctor ordered.

One would either have to surmise that the method has worked for Matt, or they would have to come to the conclusion that Matt and differing facilitators have thus far bamboozled every teacher, and school that he has attended - including the college that he currently attends. Matt himself, describes the frustrations with regard to facilitators who didn't let him type and were doing the typing for him. He indicates that he would sometimes type wrong answers in order to make sure that the facilitators would not intervene and do his typing for him. There are many examples of how Matt tried to assure integrity in his facilitated communication endeavors.

Matt, along with his mother Nancy, collaborate with separate entries on his lifetime experience so far. Matt tries to convey issues with regard to how his motor movement fails him, even as he hopes to some day fade dependence from his facilitators. He writes about how some individuals who utilize facilitated communication, can fade from having strong dependence on a facilitator - needing only a soft touch on the shoulder. I find this fascinating and would love to know more about the reasons, with regard to being able to fade the physical prompts - to that of a simple touch.

Matt shares a wish to enjoy some validation, even as he knows that facilitated communication is looked down upon by quite a few professionals. I encountered a little bit of a smack down while celebrating Matt's success in previous writings (Pseudoscience, Matt Hobson's Success). I was finally availed to a copy of Matt's book this last weekend - and need to set the record straight. Matt is not yet typing with complete independence, as much as he wishes to do so.

Facilitated communication gives Matt a mode of communication. Matt's hope is that families that have the need, might explore facilitated communication as one option worth trying. He understands and points out the set backs with regard to facilitators who falsely apply the method, and his story illustrates the great difficulty in discerning if and when the method is actually providing true communication. In reading about the differing experiences with the many facilitators that Matt had, I am not surprised that studies have proven many facilitators to be applying the method falsely - thereby rendering what hoped to be a communicative-liberating experience to false liberation. This doesn't change the profound affect facilitated communication has had for Matt.