What is Spelling to Communicate (S2C)?
Spelling to Communicate is used as an alternative means of communication (AAC) for individuals with Autism and other motor challenges. All forms of communication require motor. This method takes the fine motor out of speech and brings it to gross motor by teaching purposeful motor skills necessary to point to letters to spell. As motor skills improve through consistent practice, students progress from pointing to letters on letter boards to spell to typing on a keyboard. Communication moves from concrete to abstract as motor skills progress.
"Jamison Handley is an eighteen-year-old nonspeaker who was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. Thanks to a new communication method called Spelling to Communicate, Jamison is now able to fully communicate and switched from a “life skills” classroom to a regular academic classroom at his high school and will be graduating in 2022. He plans to attend college and study neuroscience. Jamison hopes to inspire others with his story and dedicate his life to advocating for the rights of all nonspeakers. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family."