Essential for Living Overview:
Essential for Living (EFL) is designed for verbal and non-verbal children and adults with moderate-to-very severe disabilities, including, but not limited to autism, and limited skill repertoires. Many of these children have had intensive intervention, which was guided by a developmental curriculum like the ABLLS, the VB-MAPP, or the Early Start Denver Model, but have made very little progress. These children and adults can often learn to respond quite well in concrete situations, but may have considerable difficulty with abstract concepts. Non-verbal learners may also struggle to acquire an effective, alternative method of speaking.
EFL can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning, but so can teaching these children and adults. They need a comprehensive instrument that can meet their needs, improve their quality of life, and report their progress in small, but important increments. And, EFL is the only instrument that can provide these outcomes.
With EFL, most of these children and adults can learn to function as speakers and can acquire a repertoire of speaking, listening, functional academic, social, daily living, and tolerating skills filled with meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.
We value teaching these children and adults skill repertoires that are ‘essential for effective living’, repertoires that are effortless and fluent, repertoires that occur without problem behavior, repertoires that reduce the need for environmental supports or accommodations, and repertoires that occur across people and settings with only naturally-occurring consequences.
In other words, we value repertoires that provide small, but significant, measures of independence and repertoires that last a lifetime.
Patrick McGreevy and Troy Fry
authors of Essential for Living.
1- Attendee will learn when managing problem behavior in the context of skill development, it is often helpful and safer to begin with noncontingent (freely provided) preferred items or activities, often described by Dr. Hanley as ‘my way'
2- Attendee will learn when managing problem behavior in the context of skill development, errorless teaching is nearly essential
3- Attendee will learn that making requests, waiting, and retrieving items within and across learners, can be taught at the same time
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