10. Facilitated communications
This is another highly controversial approach to communicating with autistic individuals. Those who practice it claim it enables them to bypass their physical communication difficulties and speak directly with the soul. They hold the autistic person’s hand as it points to letters on a board or computer keyboard, or perhaps it moves the computer mouse. The messages spelled out are supposed to express the thoughts that they are unable to express verbally. This technique has attracted great interest, but many doubt if it is genuine.