(EFCP) Early Functional Communication Profile

by Sharlet Lee Jensen

(EFCP) Early Functional Communication Profile

by Sharlet Lee Jensen
Benefits Measures the progression of nonverbal communication skills in children with severe and moderate disabilities
Ages 2 to 10 years
Admin time 30 to 45 minutes
Format Individually administered clinician rating
Qualifications Level C required.
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This profile measures subtle, functional changes in nonverbal communication skills in children with severe disabilities as well as with significant improvement in children with moderate disabilities. You can use the EFCP to gather information to help determine a starting point in therapy and monitor progress over time.

The EFCP works well with children who:

  • Are suspected to have or have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Have severe to profound cognitive impairments
  • Have coexisting disorders
  • Use augmentative and alternative communication

This dynamic assessment uses a hierarchy of prompts to provide information about what skills a child can perform with some degree of adult assistance. Skills and the level of progress are defined by:

  • Developmental level

Skills arranged from easiest to hardest

  • Level of environmental prompt

Placement of the examiner or test items: For example, in front, to the side, or behind the child

Gestural prompt: For example, handing an object to the child or pointing

Verbal cues: For example, saying “your turn” or asking a question

  • Level of adult-action prompt

Subtle physical and visual prompts: For example, hand-over-hand, patting the chest or arm, waiting with hand reaching out, waiting expectantly, and so on

The EFCP Profile Form includes a Summary Chart so you can easily track a child’s progress. You can indicate the date of each assessment, the child’s ages at the time of each assessment, and if each skill is emerging or mastered.

Since the EFCP is a criterion-referenced tool, it does not supply age or number scores. Its precise descriptive measures tell you what a child can do and how he or she responds to different types of prompts.

EFCP Subtests

  • Joint Attention: Requesting Objects
  • Social Interaction: Turn-taking
  • Communicative Intent: Requesting Continuation of Actions
  • Communicative Intent: Requesting Assistance
  • Social Interaction: Response to Greetings
  • Joint Attention: Receptive Language
  • Communicative Intent: Protesting