The ComFor-2 Forerunners in communication can be used to test which kind of interventions are suitable to improve communication for people with autism. It addresses two core questions: First, what is the most suitable form of augmented communication; And second, at which level can the means chosen be offered.
Children and adults with a (psychomotor) developmental levels of 12 to 60 months; the ComFor-2 was primarily developed for people with autism spectrum disorder, with little or no verbal communication
English, Dutch, Danish, French, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish
The ComFor-2 is a revised version of the broadly used ComFor. The test design and application are unchanged, but the test materials have been thoroughly reviewed and modernised. The new test kit can be used in combination with previously published manual and forms.
Please note that the testkit includes stimulus materials only - the manual, scoring forms and word cards are also required to be able to administer the assessment.
The test consists of a range of sorting tasks. Clients are required to sort objects, photographs, pictures and words according to both their literally perceptible features ("presentation"), and their meaning ("representation").
The score on these tasks gives a clear indication of the level on which augmented communication should be offered. For example, does a picture of a cup only mean "cup", or can it be used to indicate an activity: "drinking".
More research with the ComFor has been published in a number of international journals. A small selection of recent and interesting articles:
- Maljaars, J., Noens, I., Scholte, E., Verpoorten, R., van Berckelaer-Onnes, I. (2011). Visual local and global processing in low functioning deaf individuals with and without autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55, 95-105.
- Noens, I., & Van Berckelaer-Onnes, I. (2008). The central coherence account on autism revisited: Evidence from the ComFor study. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2, 209-222.
- Noens, I., & Van Berckelaer-Onnes, I. (2004). Making sense in a fragmentary world. Communication in people with autism and learning disability. Autism, 8, 197-218.
- Noens, I., Van Berckelaer-Onnes, I., Verpoorten, R., & Van Duijn, G. (2006). The ComFor: An instrument for the indication of augmentative communication. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 50, 621-632.
Qualification level required:
Level 2. Please see our Test User Qualifications page for guidance
There are no norms for the ComFor-2, since it is developed to obtain an indication of suitable communicative interventions. The instrument is not meant for diagnosis. The manual contains extensive information on interpretation and applications.
Approximately 45 minutes