Feb 17 2010

Rom Houben Case on NPR

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Just a heads up – I was interviewed today for NPR’s All Things Considered about the Rom Houben case. They were also able to interview Dr. Steven Laureys. For those interested in this case it should be a good listen. They tell it will be on tonight, but you can also listen to the podcast post broadcast.

I was also interviewed about this same story by Trine Tsouderos, anĀ  excellent journalist for the Chicago Tribune (she wrote the outstanding articles exposing dubious “alternative” treatments for autism). This story will run tomorrow.

Also – for those who like to keep up with my exploits, I do keep track of all these media appearance, with links when able, on my bio page.

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8 thoughts on “Rom Houben Case on NPR”

  1. Just heard the interview on WNPR. Its nice to hear the process of retesting explained.

    On another note, have you linked anywhere to your recent interview regarding autism on Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour? http://twit.tv/kiki33

  2. tmac57 says:

    Well, good for you and NPR Dr. , but too bad that the whole back story behind the case and the fiasco of Facilitated Communication was not able to be presented as a much longer piece. NPR is very good at airing longer and much more nuanced news pieces than the average news outlet. But I guess a little victory for science is better than nothing. At least they didn’t try to bring in the phony ‘balance’ talking head to muddy the waters.
    Congratulations on being recognized as a ‘go to’ authority on this case. I hope to see more items like this in the future. Baby steps…baby steps.

  3. LeeB says:

    Way to go Steve. Your commentary was short, but sweet. It is nice to know that you are on at least one mainstream media outlet’s “experts-to-call-on” list. Here’s hoping that they do so more often (and more quickly) in the future!

  4. borealys says:

    Huh. I didn’t realize his original facilitator was refusing to cooperate with the testing. Of course, she’ll probably claim that this other facilitator just wasn’t as skilled as she was, or wasn’t trying hard enough, and that was why the test failed.

    Did Dr. Laureys really not smell a rat when the answers to the test questions were always things like “why don’t you trust me”???

    Thanks go to Steve for staying on this one. This case literally had me in tears of rage.

    Now to wait for the local news outlets that reported this story so credulously to report on these new developments … riiiiight.

  5. Militant_Agnostic says:

    Steve, If you are are so eager to mention your media. why are you so coy about being appearing in the National Enquirer (Dr. Oz is a Fake – page 43 or a bit further in)

    Inquiring minds want to know!

    The other people in the checkout line must have wondered why I was grinning so widely.

    Actually, I think appearing in media like that is much more effective than “preaching to the choir”. It was good to see 4 skeptics and token woo quoted instead of the other way around as it usually is.

  6. mattdick says:

    The Guardian has picked it up–it’s so nice to see it making the rounds:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/19/miracle-patient-facilitated-communication

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