Selecting a Method of Speaking

Many children and adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities are not able to communicate effectively with ‘spoken words’ and require an alternative method of speaking (AMS).

Chapter 6 of Essential for Living (EFL) describes and demonstrates a systematic set of procedures for selecting primary, secondary, back-up, and concurrent methods of speaking for specific learners, along with procedures for determining the effectiveness of methods which are selected. These procedures compare a learner’s sensory, skill, and behavioral repertoires with those repertoires that often occur when each of 46 alternative methods of speaking are effective. In other words, a learner is ‘matched’ with several methods of speaking that are often effective with learners with similar repertoires. Then, of the methods of speaking with more matches, 1 or 2 which retain more of the 11 advantages of ‘spoken words’ emerge as candidates for an alternative method of speaking for this learner. These selection procedures include ‘The Selection Diagram’, which is displayed on a sheet of clear mylar included with EFL.

The AMS Comparison Tool, developed by Nick Kneer, permits users to bypass the ‘The Selection Diagram’ and, using the same procedures, quickly determine candidates for an alternative method of speaking for a specific learner.

The following is a link to The AMS Comparison Tool:  IMPORTANT NOTE: This link will not work with Internet Explorer.