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  • Spelling to Communicate (S2C) teaches individuals with motor and sensory differences the purposeful motor skills necessary to spell to communicate. Motor skills progress along an increasingly complex hierarchy from pointing to letters to typing independently on a keyboard.
  • The goal is to achieve synchrony between cognition and motor.
  • Motor practice and teaching centres around engaging cognitive lessons.
  • Presumption of competence is one of the key principles of this method.
  • Skilled and rigorously trained communication and regulation partners use a variety of verbal and gestural prompts to teach motor skills.
  • S2C was founded and developed by Elizabeth Vosseller, founder and director of Growing Kids Therapy Center in Virginia, USA.

For further information please visit https://growingkidstherapy.com/

All of this information is the property of Growing Kids Therapy Center / Elizabeth Vosseller

About Spelling to Communicate South Africa (S2C SA)

S2C SA

Spelling to Communicate South Africa (S2C SA) is a registered non-profit company that aims to provide information and support to people across Southern Africa utilizing the S2C methodology. S2C SA supports communities, and the aim is to go beyond supporting individuals only. S2C SA regularly hosts social and community events, as we believe in the power of friendship. Strong communities provide acceptance and opportunities for growth for our spellers and their families. S2C SA also conducts fund-raising for this cause.

S2C South Africa acts as a governing body that reports back to the S2C headquarters in the USA, and will act under the guidance of Elizabeth Vosseller. Some of the groundwork is still being done and the rules and regulations will evolve over time.

Why is such a governing body necessary? If something is not regulated, then as with any therapy, it can become vulnerable to maverick use and abuse. Standards and rules are necessary in order to uphold the high quality of input that S2C provides to the non-, minimally- and unreliably-speaking population. It is to ensure their well-being and the integrity of their messages. It is to uphold the name of this method so that we can continue reaching more and more people across the globe. We want to help people express their voices, and we do not want this method to be discredited in any way. We also do not want any client to develop any resistance to this method due to incorrect administration by, for example, a professional who is insufficiently trained and not working under supervision.

The CRPD (the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) ) has been ratified in South Africa. In terms of this, we need to take our directives from the wishes of disabled people. It is in respect to disabled people and in respect of their rights that we need to have this governing body and need to be strict on the rigorous practice of S2C.

Professionals practicing in S2C in South Africa will need to be in good standing with S2C SA. In order to maintain this, they need to act under supervision and check in 4 times a year for scheduled professional check-ins. Furthermore, they need to show that they are sticking to the protocol, and that they are adhering to the rules and regulations as signed contractually at the introductory S2C course.
S2C SA will maintain a register of active professionals who are in good standing with S2C SA. To be referred to a therapist in your area, please feel free to contact us.

S2C welcomes scientific research and keeping of records with the purpose of scientific research.

FOUNDING MEMBERS

The founding members of S2C SA are:

Nocila

Nicola Sowah: Director of S2C SA

Nicola is the director of S2C SA and was the main driving force behind bringing S2C to South Africa. She is a Speech-Language Therapist by profession. Nicola acts under the direct guidance of Elizabeth Vosseller.

Luli

Luli Carillo

Luli is a parent representative and mother of an 18-year old speller.

Tania

Tania Melnyczuk

Tania is autistic and represents the human rights aspect of autistic people and their communication rights. Tania sees herself as a place holder for non-speaking autistic people until a non-speaking autistic representative can replace her in this capacity.

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