Facilitated Communication Training: Exploration of perceptions of ability and reducing physical support


  • Matthew Wilson Department of Communities (Disability Services), Queensland
  • Desleigh de Jonge The University of Queensland
  • Nadera de Souza The University of Queensland
  • Glenys Carlson Department of Communities (Disability Services), Queensland




Facilitated Communication Training, complex communication needs, reducing support, perceptions, disability


Publication Notice May 29, 2019:

The SDS Board, having examined the available archival record regarding the Wilson article, finds that the majority of evidence suggests that this article was listed as being published in DSQ Vol 34, No 1 (2014). Accordingly, the Board has directed The Ohio State University Libraries to publish this article with the issue. In making this decision regarding the circumstances of the article publication, the Board did not examine and makes no statement regarding the content of the article.



Key words: Facilitated Communication Training; complex communication needs; reducing support; perceptions; disability

Abstract: A growing number of people who use Facilitated Communication Training (FCT) are becoming independent of physical support. In response, this research investigated changes in family members’ perceptions of their son or daughter following the introduction of FCT, and how physical support was reduced over time. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with people who use FCT, their family members and their facilitators. It was found that once people commenced using FCT, they revealed unexpected abilities, thoughts and feelings which changed the way their family members perceived them. A number of strategies appeared to assist people who use FCT to reduce physical support. FCT was found to have had a profound impact on the lives of people and to assist in developing communication access without physical support.




How to Cite

Wilson, M., de Jonge, D., de Souza, N., & Carlson, G. (2014). Facilitated Communication Training: Exploration of perceptions of ability and reducing physical support. Disability Studies Quarterly, 34(1). https://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v34i1.1741



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