A sensory based approach to communication
and assistive technology for individuals with
significant sensory motor differences,
developmental differences and autism.
Project Overview Everyone communicates in some way.
Is it possible to recognize that communication?
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 cognitive
abilities? How are truly functional alternate 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
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