Wretches & Jabberers

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Wretches & Jabberers
Wretches and jabberers.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGerardine Wurzburg
Produced byDouglas Biklen
Gerardine Wurzburg
Music byJ. Ralph
CinematographyGary Griffin
Edited byBarbara Ballow
State of the Art, Inc.
Release date
  • July 30, 2010 (2010-07-30)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Wretches & Jabberers is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Gerardine Wurzburg and produced by Wurzburg and Douglas Biklen. The film is about two autistic men who travel the world helping other autistic people break out of their isolation. It opened in theaters in New York and California on July 30, 2010.[1][2]

The film shows the use of facilitated communication, which has been discredited and demonstrated to be not actually be effective in scientific studies.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Organisations such as American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Association for Behavior Analysis have stated that facilitated communication is not a valid technique.[8][11] However, Biklen (who popularised the technique in the United States[4]) and Wurzburg continue to promote it.

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  1. ^ Laemmle's Fallbrook 7 [1], 2010-07-30
  2. ^ Fandango Listing for Coliseum Theatre in NY [2], 2010-07-30
  3. ^ Lilienfeld; et al. "Why debunked autism treatment fads persist". Science Daily. Emory University. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b Editorial Board (2016-04-12). "Syracuse University's reinforcement of facilitated communication inexcusable, concerning". The Daily Orange. Syracuse University. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. ^ Todd, James T. (13 July 2012). "The moral obligation to be empirical: Comments on Boynton's 'Facilitated Communication - what harm it can do: Confessions of a former facilitator'". Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention. 6 (1): 36–57. doi:10.1080/17489539.2012.704738.
  6. ^ Hall, Genae A. (1993). "Facilitator Control as Automatic Behavior: A Verbal Behavior Analysis" (PDF). The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. 11: 89–97. doi:10.1007/bf03392890. PMC 2748555. PMID 22477083.
  7. ^ Jacobson, John W.; Mulick, James A.; Schwartz, Allen A. (September 1995). "A History of Facilitated Communication: Science, Pseudoscience, and Antiscience: Science Working Group on Facilitated Communication". American Psychologist. 50 (9): 750–765. doi:10.1037/0003-066x.50.9.750.
  8. ^ a b Facilitated Communication: Sifting the Psychological Wheat from the Chaff. American Psychological Association. June 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Mostert, M. P. (2010). "Facilitated communication and its legitimacy—Twenty-first century developments". Exceptionality. 18: 31–41. doi:10.1080/09362830903462524.
  10. ^ Simpson, R. L.; Myles, B. S. (1995a). "Effectiveness of facilitated communication with children and youth with autism". Journal of Special Education. 28 (4): 424–39. doi:10.1177/002246699502800403.
  11. ^ Riggott, Julie (Spring–Summer 2005). "Pseudoscience in Autism Treatment: Are the News and Entertainment Media Helping or Hurting?". Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice. 4 (1): 58–60.

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