Information on Essential for Living

Essential For Living
Essential for Living (EFL) is our functional, life skills curriculum, assessment, and professional practitioner’s handbook for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. The second printing is now available with improved formatting and navigation. Also, we have a new learner scoring manual for ‘just’ The Essential Eight Skills and Problem Behavior, a major focal point of the instrument.

Essential for Living is based on an extensive body of research literature from special education, along with the concepts, principles, and empirically-validated procedures from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and from B. F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. Essential for Living, however, requires no previous knowledge or experience with ABA or verbal behavior. It can be used in conjunction with other curricula, 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 (EFL) is designed for teachers, speech-language pathologists, behavior analysts, behavior specialists, curriculum coordinators, providers of residential and vocational services, and support coordinators who work with children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. It is especially suited for individuals with limited skill repertoires, limited-to-no speaking skills, and/or severe problem behavior. For special educators who must respond to the Common Core State Standards, the language and functional academic skills of Essential for Living are linked to these standards.

Essential for Living is the most innovative and comprehensive
Curriculum and Assessment of Functional Life Skills
for children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities
and
Professional Practitioner’s Handbook
on the market today!

For a description of the major components of EFL, some of which are not included in any other curriculum or assessment instrument, click here.

For an introduction to EFL click here.

For an EFL User Guide click here.

To order Essential for Living, click here.

For a description of what to expect from EFL and how to get started click here.

Do I need Essential for Living?

If you are working with children or adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities, including, but not limited to, autism, who…

  • exhibit one or more SEVERE 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, 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…

ESSENTIAL FOR LIVING SHOULD BE ON YOUR DESK…
To order Essential for Living, click here.