What is Spelling to Communicate (S2C™)?
Spelling to Communicate (S2C™) is primarily used by non-speaking individuals. It involves the use of a communication board where individuals point to or select letters or symbols to spell out messages. By pointing to such characters, these boards empower non-speakers to overcome communication barriers posed by traditional oral communication.
S2C™ teaches individuals with motor challenges the purposeful motor skills necessary to point to letters as an alternative means of communication. As motor skills improve through consistent practice, students progress from pointing to letters on letterboards to typing on a keyboard.
The fair and necessary assumption is that all individuals can and want to learn and communicate, regardless of their perceived limitations. By presuming competence, typing and spelling embraces non-speakers’ cognitive function and focus on purposeful motor movements.
The overarching message is that not being able to speak does not affect your ability to understand and think.
Key source: I-ASC
Act for Autism Event: SPELLERS the Movie Virtual Viewing
After the wonderful feedback we receieved from our in-person viewing of SPELLERS the movie and Q&A, we are thrilled to be able to host an online event for all those that couldn’t make it.
This film details the remarkable journey of several non-speaking autistic individuals to “find their voice” using a process called Spelling to Communicate (S2C) ™. Inspired by the best-selling book “Underestimated – An Autism Miracle” the film challenges conventional wisdom surrounding non-speaking Autistic individuals who are often mistakenly believed to be cognitively impaired by many experts.
Having recently won the Best Documentary prize at the Phoenix Film Festival, this is a viewing that you do not want to miss. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, educator, professional or simply an individual with an inquisitive mind, this event aims to empower you with knowledge and inspire you to make a positive impact on the lives of non-speaking individuals.
Who are the Key Developers of Communication with Letter Boards?
Elizabeth Vosseller is the founder of S2C™, Growing Kids Therapy, and I-ASC in the US. She has been working with individuals with complex communication and sensory-motor differences since 1995.
In 2019, Elizabeth founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of I-ASC (International Association for Spelling as Communication). The mission of I-ASC is to advance communication choice and access for nonspeaking individuals globally through training, research, education, and advocacy. I-ASC’s vision is that nonspeaking individuals will have equitable and supported access to all aspects of lifelong education, employment, relationships, and community.
I-ASC is recognized as the authority in the science and methodology of S2C™. They collaborate with a global network of interdisciplinary thought leaders and researchers to further substantiate and verify S2C™ as a communication method that has already changed the lives of many non-speakers.
S2C™ is developed with specific procedures to ensure reliable, replicable, and responsible best practices. It offers a very high standard of training to both its clients and practitioners in training.
An explanation of S2C ™ by Elizabeth Vosseller
UK Viewing: SPELLERS the Movie
On Thursday 14th September 2023, Act for Autism proudly sponsored the UK viewing of SPELLERS the movie as part of our ongoing mission to support individuals, their families, businesses, educational and health institutions, and professionals in the field of autism. This was one of the first UK exclusive live screenings of the award-winning film.
The film details the remarkable journey of several non-speaking autistic individuals as they “find their voice” using (S2C)™. Inspired by the best-selling book “Underestimated – An Autism Miracle,” the film challenges conventional wisdom surrounding non-speaking autistic individuals who are often mistakenly believed to be cognitively impaired by many experts.
If you would like to watch the movie, you can purchase a viewing here:
Inspired by the book “Underestimated: An Autism Miracle” by J. B. Handley and Jamison Handley
GROWING KIDS THERAPY
SPELLERS FREEDOM FOUNDATION
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