Everyone communicates in some way.
What makes the act of communicating intrinsically motivating and rewarding for those with severe motor and/or sensory differences? When is a symbol system appropriate to an individual's abilities? How are truly functional alternative and augmentative communication systems developed?
Only when communication is recognized and consistently reinforced will those with severe differences find the effort to communicate worthwhile.
Every Move Counts represents the completion of a 33-month Innovative research Grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health and funded through the National Institutes for the Neurologically and Communicatively Disordered.
Ninety-one children and 41 speech/language pathologists, teachers, and occupational therapists from seven different sites participated in the implementation and validation of the Every Move Counts approach.
-Recognize and understand the role of abilities rather than disabilities as they relate to a ‘process’ rather than ‘product’ orientated approach to implementation strategies and the development of a functional communication system.
-Develop a broader understanding of what the research has to say about prompting, shaping, and time delays for early communication.
-Design an effective individualized communication program that builds on the abilities identified through the Every Move Counts assessment process.
-Effectively integrate a communication program that builds on the abilities identified through the Every Move Counts assessment protocol.
-Understand the relationship of switch use, symbol understanding, low tech communication, and assistive technology (including voca).
-Recognize five levels of sequential strategies that support the development of communication and purposeful switch use.
-Effectively integrate communication training into daily activities by providing appropriate choice-making opportu