Course #2 LAMP Training




Course #2   Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP TRAINING)

by Christine E. Grubbs, MS, CCC-SLP, The Center for AAC & Autism, Wooster, Ohio

About the Speaker

Christine Grubbs copyChristine E. Grubbs, MS, CCC-SLP, received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and worked as a speech pathologist in the Pennsylvania public school system for 21 years.  She has worked extensively with communication disorders in students K-12, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, AAC and multiple disabilities. She has been a LAMP trainer with the Center for AAC & Autism since 2007 and has presented seminars nationwide on Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) and strategies to motivate children with autism to increase communication using AAC.  Christine resides with her husband in Northwest Pennsylvania.  She is member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA,) the Pennsylvania Speech and Hearing Association (PSHA,) Pennsylvania Education Association –retired (PSEA-R) and NEA-retired.  Financial Disclosures: Christine received speaking and consulting fees and equipment use from the Prentke Romich Company and is a LAMP trainer with the Center for AAC & Autism.  Non-financial: Participated in ASHA’s evidence based CE tutorial.

Target Audience (who should attend): Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, School Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Assistive Technology Specialists, Autism Specialists, and Instructional Assistants

Target Age Range: Pre-K through Age 21 years

Course Description: Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach based on neurological and motor learning principles designed to give individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through the use of a voice output communication system. This course will cover the components of LAMP: readiness to learn, engaging the learner through joint engagement, and learning language through a unique and consistent motor plan paired with an auditory signal and a natural consequence. Discussion will include how this approach addresses the core language deficits of autism, device features that are beneficial to teaching language, and how to use those features to implement LAMP components. Videos will be used to illustrate the treatment components.  While this approach was initially developed to meet the specific needs of nonverbal individuals with autism, it can be adapted to benefit individuals with a variety of disabilities.

 What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

  • Define “readiness to learn”, identify sensory needs in clients and two or more ways of meeting those needs
  • Define Joint Engagement and identify three motivational activities to sustain it
  • Define consistent and unique motor plans and give examples of ways to make a motor movement automatic
  • Define auditory signals and natural consequences and identify why these components must link with a motor movement
  • Develop lists of vocabulary appropriate to target activities
  • Identify therapy strategies related to target lists
  • Identify ways to evaluate and track progress for clients using  LAMP


8:00-9:00   Introduction to LAMP; Current research

9:00-10:00   Readiness to learn and joint engagement as key elements

10:00-10:15   Break

10:15-11:00    LAMP Law: Consistent and unique motor plans
11:00- 12:00   Consistent and unique motor plans (continued); Auditory signals as key elements
12:00-1:00    Lunch- On your own
1:00-2:00    Auditory signals (continued) and natural consequences as key elements
2:00-2:45    Therapy techniques
2:45-3:00    Break
3:00-4:00    Data Collection; Question & Answer
4:00    Complete Course Evaluations