Spelling to communicate is a method of teaching nonspeaking individuals purposeful motor skills to point to letters to spell instead of speak. Nonspeaking refers to individuals who cannot speak, speak minimally and those who can speak but do not speak communicatively. Speech is a motor function whereas language, our ability to understand and think in words, is a cognitive function. Nonspeaking individuals have difficulty executing the sequenced and precise fine motor planning required for speech known as apraxia. Having apraxia does not mean that these same individuals lack language skills or cognitive abilities.