Friday, November 18, 2011

Autism and Apps: Letter to '60 Minutes'

From Huffington Post's Dr. Marion Blank, Director of a Light on Literacy Program at Columbia University.

Dear "60 Minutes":
As a psychologist with a long-term commitment to children with autism, I watched with great interest your recent segment "Apps for Autism." The encouraging picture you presented was welcome. Like many parents and many colleagues, I have seen the extraordinary array of skills that children on the spectrum can possess -- even when they are deemed to be "non-verbal" and severely limited in cognitive functioning.
At the same time, I was dismayed by serious failures and distortions in the material you presented.

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