Join the Speaker Initiative

Many non-verbal children are not provided with an alternative method of speaking and participate in instruction or behavior therapy 'solely as a listener'. Others are provided with an alternative method, such as picture exchange or an electronic tablet, that is not portable or requires multiple responses to make simple requests. These methods are often abandoned by the children, resulting in young adults with problem behavior 'when they want to make requests'. Essential for Living will help you select an alternative, portable method of speaking that 'matches the learner's current skill repertoire', 'results in virtually effortless speaking', 'permits them to function as much as possible like someone who uses spoken words', and is much less like to be abandoned.

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Upcoming Online Training Sessions and Workshops

Due to overwhelming interest and a limited number of available slots, please contact us if you register and are unable to attend. This will permit others to register. Thank You.

Online Trainings

Online trainings are generally one-hour events which occur severyal times each month. They include one more components of Essential for Living or are a general Q&A session. There is no fee for Online Trainings / Q&As.
Date Title Details + Registration
October 22nd, 2019
3:00 PM New York time, 2:00 PM Chicago time, 12:00 PM Los Angeles time, 9:00 AM Hawaii time; and 8:00 PM London time, 9:00 PM Rome time
Online Training Sessions 1 & 2: Essential For Living -- Whom It's For and What It Will Accomplish + Getting Started
October 24th, 2019
3:00 PM New York time, 2:00 PM Chicago time, 12:00 NOON Los Angeles time, 9:00 AM Hawaii time; and 10:00 PM London time, 11:00 PM Rome time
Online Training Session 3: Questions and Answers On Essential For Living

Online Workshops

Online Workshops are generally three-hour or six-hour events which occur several times each year. Online Workshops include one, several, or all of the components of Essential for Living. There is a fee for Online Workshops.
Date Title Details + Registration
There are currently no upcoming online workshops, please check back soon!

If you’ve missed an Online Training or Workshop and don’t see one that you can attend coming up, don’t worry, we list new events frequently, just keep an eye on this page.

Join us at the next Essential for Living Workshop:

November 18th, 2019, 08:00 AM
Title: A Two-day Workshop in Chicago (Nov. 18 and 19): Essential for Living -- Communication, Behavior, and Functional, Life Skills
Sponsoring Agency: Chicago Autism Academy
Location: Elements Convention Center at Homewood Suites, 16235 South LaGrange Road, Orland Park (Chicago), IL 60467