If you are working with children or adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities, including, but not limited to, autism, who...
...exhibit one or more PROBLEM BEHAVIORS, but do not exhibit THE ESSENTIAL 8 SKILLS:

(1) MAKING REQUESTS
(2) WAITING
(3) ACCEPTING REMOVALS
(4) COMPLETING REQUIRED TASKS
(5) ACCEPTING 'NO'
(6) FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS
(7) COMPLETING DAILY LIVING SKILLS
(8) TOLERATING EVERYDAY SITUATIONS

...are NON-VERBAL and have NO EFFECTIVE METHOD OF SPEAKING...

...have VERY LIMITED SKILL REPERTOIRES...

...need A COMPREHENSIVE FUNCTIONAL LIVING SKILLS CURRICULUM, ASSESSMENT, AND SKILL-TRACKING INSTRUMENT that emphasizes...

SPEAKING SKILLS
LISTENER RESPONDING
DAILY LIVING SKILLS
TOLERATING SPECIFIC SITUATIONS
SOCIAL SKILLS
VOCATIONAL SKILLS
LEISURE SKILLS
AND REDUCING PROBLEM BEHAVIOR

...and that is sensitive to very small increments of learner progress...

...AND you need a comprehensive, practitioner's manual that will help you develop IEPs and ISPs, guide instruction, and manage problem behavior,

You should have...'Essential for Living'.

Essential for Living
'Essential for Living' is a Communication, Behavior, and Functional Skills Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Practitioner's Handbook for CHILDREN and ADULTS with moderate-to-severe disabilities, including autism.

'Essential for Living' is based on concepts, principles, and empirically-validated procedures from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and from B. F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, but it requires no previous knowledge or experience with ABA or verbal behavior. It can be used in conjunction with other curriculums, including The VB-MAPP, PECS, The ABLLS-R, The Lovaas Curriculum, A Work in Progress, The Early Start Denver Model, The ACE Curriculum, The Murdoch Center Program Library, and The MOVE Curriculum.

'Essential for Living' is the most
innovative and comprehensive
Curriculum and Assessment
of Functional Living Skills
for children and adults
with moderate-to-severe disabilities
and Professional Practitioner's Handbook
on the market today!
We invite you to compare 'Essential for Living' with other functional skills assessments and curriculums. In addition to daily living, vocational, social, leisure, and functional academic skills, 'Essential for Living' also includes:

(1) the Essential 8 Skills,
(2) an extensive array of expressive and receptive language skills,
(3) domains on tolerating skills and problem behavior,
(4) a section on 'How to Select an Alternative Method of Speaking for Non-verbal Children and Adults',
(5) scoring criteria that permit staff to document small increments of learner progress, and
(6) a comprehensive, Professional Practitioner's Handbook!

To order Essential for Living, click here or scroll down and click on the picture of the instrument or the text just below it.

To 'get started' with Essential for Living, click here.

Essential for Living

A Communication, Behavior, and Functional Skills
Curriculum, Assessment,
and
Professional Practitioner's Handbook

'More than a list of skills,
It's when and how you teach those skills'

functional skills assessment

‘Order Essential for Living
using a credit card or purchase order’

Scroll down for Information regarding
The Speaker Initiative, Workshops, and other Events


Join the Speaker Initiative

On October 1, 2013, we launched the 'Essential for Living' Speaker Initiative. For more information on this important initiative, click here or scroll up and click on 'Join the Speaker Initiative'.

The very first NEW SPEAKER to become part of our Speaker Initiative was Chloe Peters. Chloe is an 11-year-old girl who attends Glen Lake Elementary School in the Hopkins Public Schools in Minnetonka, MN. With the assistance of her teacher, Sher Unruh-Friesen, and her speech-language pathologist, Marie Menick, she began to use 'spoken words' to make requests, rather than repeating what others say (echolalia). They used a very specific teaching procedure -- the echoic-to-request transfer procedure -- described in Essential for Living.

Our second new speaker was Robert "Tre" Bowen, a 10-year-boy who attends the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to the work of his behavior therapist, Todd Glowacki, and behavior analyst, Katie Pollom, he was 'non-verbal' and could not function as a speaker. Currently, he uses three signs to make requests. His first sign was for 'candy'.

Our third and fourth new speakers are students who attend a public, middle school in Massachusetts and participate in the life skills program (and whose names have been withheld at the school's request), have now become more effective speakers (with spoken words!!) because of the pairing procedure and the echoic-to-request transfer procedure described in Essential for Living.

Join this Initiative and let us hear about your new speaker!!


Workshops and Other Events



A Workshop on Essential for Living in the Los Angeles Area: Sept. 4-5, 2014

We will be conducting a workshop on Essential for Living in La Palma, CA (the Los Angeles Area) on September 4 and 5, 2014. This workshop is sponsored by The Beacon Autistic Spectrum Independence Center and the Beacon Day School. For more information, scroll up and click on ‘Upcoming Workshops and Trainings’.

A Workshop on Essential for Living in Austin, TX: September 10-11, 2014

We will be conducting a workshop on Essential for Living in Austin, TX on September 10 and 11, 2014. This workshop is sponsored by The Central Texas Autism Center. For more information, scroll up and click on ‘Upcoming Workshops and Trainings’.

An Intensive Workshop on the Use of EFL in Birmingham, AL: October 17-18, 2014

We will conduct an Intensive Workshop on the Use of Essential for Living on October 17 and 18, 2014 at Mitchell's Place in Birmingham, AL. This workshop will focus on how to teach the Essential Eight Skills, how to select a Method of Speaking for non-verbal learners (children and adults), and how to manage problem behavior as you teach the Essential Eight Skills. For more information or to register, scroll up and click on ‘Upcoming Workshops and Trainings’.

A Workshop on Essential for Living in Hershey, PA: October 28-29, 2014

We will be conducting a workshop on Essential for Living on October 28 and 29, 2014 in Hershey, PA. This workshop is sponsored by the Derry Township School District and ABA Beginnings. This workshop was originally scheduled for May 28 and 29. For more information or to register, scroll up and click on ‘Upcoming Workshops and Trainings’. If you have already registered, you need do nothing. If you would like a refund, please contact us at patrick@essentialforliving.com.

'More Essential for Living Workshops are on the way'

Additional Essential for Living workshops may soon be coming to Georgia, Colorado, the San Francisco Bay area, Kentucky, the Chicago Area, and other locations. Stay tuned!
Scroll up for workshops that have already been scheduled!
If you would like us to bring a workshop to your area, please contact Troy Fry: troy@essentialforliving.com.

Distributors of Essential for Living

There are two additional distributors of ‘Essential for Living’:
Behavior Development Solutions, a trusted and reliable developer and distributor of high quality products and services for the education and behavior analysis communities.
behaviordevelopmentsolutions.com

Kate Wolff, a trusted and reliable distributor in the UK. Orders from the UK, France, and Spain will often be delivered more rapidly and with reduced shipping charges.
To order materials: TalkingAutism.co.uk 
To contact Kate: katewolff@hotmail.com

Data sheets are here…

Probe data sheets suitable for use with Essential for Living are now available. Additional data sheets are also being prepared.
Access these probe data sheets by clicking on ‘Data Sheets and Other Downloads’.

Replacing a Method of Speaking Selection Diagram that has been damaged

It has been brought to our attention that some people have used a dry erase marker on the Method of Speaking Selection Diagram (the mylar, aka, the transparency) and found that if you rub hard to remove the color, some of the black print also comes off. If you have had this experience, scroll up to Data Sheets and Other Downloads, download a printed copy of The Selection Diagram, and follow the printed instructions to replace this diagram. Or, contact us, and we will send you a replacement.

If you have not used your diagram yet, please use a washable marker or what is often called a wet erase marker. After you are finished making a selection, hold the diagram under cool water and gently dry with a paper towel.