Thousands of children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) every year, and more than half are unable to verbally communicate their needs, desires, thoughts or dreams.
Since 2006, more than 1,600 therapists, educators, and parents have attended Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) training across the country to learn strategies for promoting the development of communication in those with autism through AAC.
Because autism often includes dysfunction in motor planning and sensory processing, LAMP strategies used in conjunction with AAC devices that stress consistent motor plans for accessing vocabulary are proving effective in enabling communication. In addition it has been found that as communication skills improve, social engagement increases, problematic behaviors decline, and some individuals exhibit increased verbal speech.
The mission of The Center for AAC & Autism is to improve awareness of the power of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) devices to change the lives of children who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities due to autism and other developmental disabilities. The Center’s LAMP training program continues to be enriched with the emergence of new information in neurology and motor learning and through the successes and challenges shared by parents, therapists, and augmented communicators.
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