MOTORIETY? What the hack is that????

You may have noticed that we at I-ASC love to a) create new words (like, all the time), and b) create new resources to serve the “Spellerverse”, and beyond!  In this spirit, we are happy to announce our latest offering: MOTORIETY!!!  “What now?”, you may ask.  Read on, as we are sure you are going to love it!

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM,
You (spellers), and all individuals with
apraxia and sensory-movement differences, often prefer instructions for the completion of motor actions broken down into smaller steps.  You may be very familiar with some of your clinicians referring to this breakdown of steps as a motor task analysis.  These step-by-step motor tasks are ideally practiced frequently until the steps collectively become “automatic” and require little to no planning before execution, which of course can be problematic.  

The motor task analysis is often adapted to suit the learning style of the individual that will be practicing its steps.  For example, one way to adapt the motor task for an individual is by teaching a link comprised of two-to-a-few steps at a time, then making a chain of those links together in order (aptly called chaining, maybe another familiar term to you).  

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM,Another way of adapting a motor task is by modifying the task with some simple innovation – or a hack –  making the execution of the action easier.  Our favourite type of hack is a tool or a prompt with VAKT (visual, auditory, kinesthetic or tactile) properties that can be implemented as a standalone action or within a chain of steps, and result in an effective modification to the execution of a motor task.

When clever dyspraxic bodies discover some of these motor hacks, it is like they are discovering GOLD!  With this in mind, for our newest resource, I-ASC will be sharing favourite motor hacks developed by spellers and practitioners, giving these mighty hacks the MOTORIETY they deserve!  Here’s a sneak peek at our first motor hack. 

So look out for MOTORIETY, when I-ASC will periodically post spellers’ most motorious hacks, in the form of action cards, memes and video links.  As its MOTORIETY grows, we will also compile our collection of motor hacks in one place for your ease of reference in the future!  Our MOTORIETY catalogue is under construction now, but it will always be available for spellers to peruse as new motor hacks are added that could be useful to them.  It is our hope that this developing resource will help spellers select and achieve new motor goals, or maybe finally crush a nagging challenge from the past.

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM,All of our hacks have been tested and proven to work for at least one fabulous person out there with apraxia/dyspraxia, and may not work for everyone.  There are no guarantees, but we hope you can try some of the hacks that appeal to you and have some fun as you experiment.

What hack has helped you plan and execute a purposeful motor action that was difficult for you?  We’d be happy to help you make your I-ASC motor hack action card or video and add it to our MOTORIETY resource page, so contact us if you have a good one!  And remember: if you have an idea for a motor hack, let your friends, family or S2C practitioner know.  It’s no secret the most innovative solutions always come from spellers themselves!

OK, that’s it for my MOTORIOUS B-L-O-G. 

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM,Giorgena Sarantopoulos is mom to two quiet artists, as well as being an S2C Practitioner and a member of the I-ASC Leadership Cadre.  Giorgena’s best motor hacks were stolen from her 12 year-old motor-hack aficionado son.




The mission of I-ASC is to advance communication access for nonspeaking individuals globally through trainingeducationadvocacy and research I-ASC supports all forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with a focus on methods of spelling and typing. I-ASC currently offers Practitioner training in Spelling to Communicate (S2C)with the hope that other methods of AAC using spelling or typing will join our association

2 responses to “MOTORIETY? What the hack is that????”

  1. Denise says:

    So clever!!! Thanks for the tip!

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