About the Essential for Living Assessment

The Essential for Living (EFL) is a functional curriculum that was designed for children and adults with neurological disorders, congenital or acquired conditions or global developmental delays. It can be used to identify deficits in functional skills and problem behaviours, as well as to track learner progress. Essential for Living is based on concepts, principles, and empirically-validated procedures from Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

During this assessment, seven skill domains are assessed, including (1) making requests, (2) responding as a listener to the requests, (3) answering questions and participating in conversations, (4) daily living and related skills, (5) functional academic and related skills, (6) tolerating skills and eggshells and (7) tool skills and component skills. There is also a domain on problem behaviour. Skills within the seven skill domains are sequenced from less to more difficult and more to less functional and designed must-have, should-have, good-to-have, or nice-to-have. The must-have skills, also referred to as the Essential Eight, are generally assessed and taught first.

The Essential Eight skills are skills, which are absolutely essential for a happy, fulfilling, and productive life as a child or an adult, are the central focus of Essential for Living. In the absence of these skills, children and adults are less likely to learn other functional skills, more likely to exhibit forms of problem behaviour, less likely to have access to preferred items, activities, places, and people, and less likely to have contact and interaction with the community in which they live.

Your Super Kids Behaviour Consultant will be able to let you know if this assessment will be useful within your child's programming.


Sophie, Renee & Anita with Dr Pat McGreevy who developed the Essential for Living.