In-Person Local Services
Families who are local to the Herndon, and the DMV area - who will visit our center weekly to work on purposeful motor skills to spell to communicate. We will also coach you to spell with your loved one.
What to Expect During Your First Visit
Your first appointment with our clinic will be two hours long. We will assess skills to determine a starting point for weekly sessions. This is not a determination of whether your loved one is a candidate for our program -- all nonspeaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking individuals are candidates. This is merely to better understand your family member's unique presentation. Based on this first session, your S2C Practitioner will make recommendations for ongoing services.
One-on-one sessions with a Registered S2C Practitioner
In-Person groups for fun socialization with other nonspeakers
Services are offered at an interval or an as-needed basis.
Spelling to Communicate teaches individuals with motor challenges the purposeful motor skills necessary to point to letters to spell as an alternative means of communication (AAC). The goal is to achieve synchrony between the brain and body. Skilled and rigorously trained communication partners teach purposeful motor skills using a hierarchy of verbal and gestural prompts. As motor skills improve through consistent practice, students progress from pointing to letters on letterboards to spell to typing on a keyboard. Accordingly, communication moves from concrete to abstract as motor skills progress.
S2C is appropriate for anyone age 5 or older who is nonspeaking, minimally speaking or unreliably speaking. Just as with traditional education, we adapt to the individual learning needs of a specific student. We know that all students can and want to learn.