Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats: A sensory-based approach to communication and Assistive Technology – Beta Self-Paced

Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats (emc3)

Many persons with significant physical, sensory-motor, communicative and developmental differences find the effort to communicate difficult. Only when we learn to recognize and consistently reinforce their communication will they find the effort 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, occupational therapists and educators from seven different sites participated in the implementation and validation of the Every Move Counts approach. The original Every Move Counts manual has been updated and revised and is now Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats (emc3). The work represents a synthesis of the research in the areas of communication, sensory integration, education, occupational therapy, and vision.

Target audience:

SLP, OT, PT, educators, family, vision, diagnostician

This information is relevant to the needs of those individuals who are currently unable to communicate their wants and needs spontaneously in their environment, regardless of age or severity of physical and/or cognitive differences

Learning Objectives of the Workshop:

  • Through video recorded lectures, video examples, and case studies, participants will learn to

  • Recognize and understand the role of abilities rather than disabilities as they relate to a process- rather than product-oriented approach to assessment and implementation strategies, the development of a functional communication system, and identification of appropriate assistive technology tools.
  • Understand the relationship of sensory integration and communication. 
  • Develop a broader understanding of how to avoid prompting, shaping and time delays during early communication.
  • Identify interests and abilities through a process-based approach to assessment.
  • Design an effective, individualized communication program that builds on the abilities and interests identified through the Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats (emc3) assessment. 
  • Effectively integrate a communication program that builds on the abilities identified through the assessment protocol. 
  • Understand the relationship of switch use, symbol understanding, low tech communication and assistive technology (including sgd/voca).
  • Recognize five levels of sequential strategies that support the development of communication and purposeful switch use.
  • Effectively integrate communication training into daily activities through appropriate choice-making opportunities.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of tools and strategies.
    Identify, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of Assistive Technology tools and strategies.

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Table of Contents

Getting to Know You Survey: Complete Prior to First Class
Downloadable Outline for Class
Session 1: Theory & Practice
Theory & Practice
Information related to Session 1
Recommended Activity
PRIOR to Session 2
Session 2: Every Move Counts Assessment (part 1)
Every Move Counts Assessment (part 1)
Information related to Session 2
PRIOR to Session 3
Session 3: Every Move Counts Assessment (part 2)
Every Move Counts Assessment (part 2)
Information related to Session 3
Handout Session 3
PRIOR to session 4
Session 4: COUNTS Goals and Implementation Strategies
COUNTS Goals and Implementation Strategies
Information Related to Session 4
Handout Session 4
Presentation of Session 4
Prior to Session 5

Frequently Asked Questions

When is it?

The lessons will be released on the following Tuesdays (9/21, 10/5, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7) two additional case study applications will be released for a total of eight lessons.

How much is it?

The course itself costs USD$350.

Do I have to buy the manual?

The manual is required for the class. If you already have a copy of the manual, you do not need to buy another for the class. If you do not have one, you can order from .

Will I get CEUs for attending?

You will receive a certificate when you’ve completed all requirements, which credit you with 14 hours of learning

Anything else I should know?

Session 3 will be a self-directed video case study which will give you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned. Session 7 will give you the opportunity to develop an intervention plan for the student viewed in the early assessment video.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

Registration for this course is now closed. Please sign up below for information regarding future courses or for special training for agencies.

  • This is the best program I’ve been to in years for acquiring information on SMH children at the level I work with. Most workshops only give me a small amount of info I can use. Very few workshops give you a ground zero starting point.

    — Physical Therapist, Oakley, Kansas
  • Your team has been extremely helpful and your program really provided a whole new outlook on communicating with these children.

    — Speech Language Pathologist, Independence, Kansas
  • I have to admit I really just stumbled into the course and I am so happy I did! It's SUCH a wealth of applicable information!

    — Speech Pathologist
  • I learn something every time I review the material or listen to you Jane!

    — Speech Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Consultant, Kansas