The Speaker Initiative
Chapter 6 of the Essential for Living Practitioner’s Handbook [EFL] is dedicated to making certain that as many individuals with moderate-to-severe disabilities as possible become effective speakers and remain so for their entire lifetime. If you are working with a child or an adult who currently does not have an effective method of speaking, and you are able to select a method for them that becomes effective, send us their story firstname.lastname@example.org. With respect for their privacy, we will celebrate your and their achievement on this website.
A Sample of the 3,100 Skills in EFL
Essential for Living is composed of 3,000 functional skills. The first three domains contain 1,900 Speaking and Listening Skills. The remaining four domains contain 1,100 Daily Living, Leisure, Vocational, Functional Academic, Tolerating, and Component Skills.
The following is a sample of these skills: click here
The Scope and Sequence of EFL
The scope and sequence of Essential for Living are described in this document: http://essentialforliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/EFL-ScopeandSequence.pdf
What to Expect and How to Get Started
The page that faces page one of the Essential for Living Practitioner’s Handbook contains the following information regarding ‘what to expect’ from this instrument and ‘how to get started’. http://essentialforliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/EFL-WhatandHow-BEST.pdf
The EFL Introduction and User Guide
An Introduction to Essential for Living, which also serves as a User Guide, is available in:
This document also includes the scoring grid for the EFL Quick Assessment, permitting new users to complete their first Quick Assessment prior to purchasing scoring manuals or subscriptions to the EFL APP.
The First Five Skills
We often suggest that new users begin with one child or adult and consider teaching these first five skills: http://essentialforliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/EFL-FirstFivePlForm.
The Essential for Living APP
The Essential for Living web-based APP permits users to:
- conduct an assessment,
- record learner progress with respect to skills and problem behavior,
- summarize the extent of that progress, and
- prepare reports.
For access to the EFL APP: click here
For a free trial account, contact Liz Maher: email@example.com
The new Alternative Method of Speaking (AMS) Selection Tool has been revised and is no longer part of the EFL APP. It will be offered as a separate APP ‘free of charge’. When this tool is available, it will be announced on this website.