LAMP for the Real World:

Tips, Tricks, and Stories For Implementing LAMP in your Daily Life

April 16-18, 2019 

7:00-8:00 pm EST

FREE 3-Night Webinar Series

Presented by The Center for AAC & Autism


Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville Vermont, majoring in Television Production/Communications. She served in the United States Air Force in Hawaii and California as an Emergency Actions Controller. Most importantly, she has been a stay at home mom for 13 years to two amazing kids, one who was diagnosed with Autism at 22 months old and has been a speech device user from age 3.  Laurie has spent the last 7 years learning AAC right along with her daughter.   Laurie also uses reading aloud as a large part of learning AAC together.

Financial: Laurie Simmons has no relevant financial information to disclose.

Nonfinancial: Laurie Simmons has a daughter who uses a PRC communication device with LAMP Words for Life language system.

Lance McLemore 

Lance is 33 years old. He was born in Alabama where he still resides.  He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a BA in art and philosophy.  Lance received his first communication device at 24 years of age, although he used low tech forms of AAC for a while before then. Before his first communication device he would write out what he needed to say. It was slow and exhausting, so he only used it when absolutely necessary. He says he felt very isolated for a long time. Lance began the process of getting his second device in early 2016 using loaners for most of that year. He was introduced to LAMP Words for Life at a workshop in July 2016. John Halloran encouraged him to try to learn it after explaining the advantages of it. He decided to give it a try and was fluent within two months and has been using LAMP Words for Life since that time. He currently works with the Center for AAC and Autism. He speaks at and attends conferences and does Skype calls for LAMP trainings. 

Financial: Lance McLemore is receiving a speaker fee from PRC-Saltillo for presenting.

Nonfinancial: Lance McLemore uses a PRC communication device with the LAMP Words for Life language system.

Brie Norton , M.S., CCC-SLP

Brie Norton is a Speech-Language Pathologist in Northwest Arkansas who specializes in supporting individuals who have complex communication needs and use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). A 2007 graduate of Vassar College, Brie’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology led her to pursue her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders at Mercy College. For the past 8 years Brie has worked in the Bentonville Schools with students, staff, and caregivers to ensure all students have a comprehensive communication system. She also provides training to staff, family, and private service providers to increase knowledge of best practices in the field of augmentative and alternative communication. 

Financial: Brie Norton is receiving a speaker fee from PRC-Saltillo for presenting.

Nonfinancial: Brie Norton is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


16th April

7:00 PM EST

Implementing LAMP in the Schools: 
Tips & Tricks 

This one-hour course will provide professionals with specific strategies and tools they can utilize to help their AAC users achieve authentic communication across all environments. Topics covered will include the importance of training and collaboration, getting the most out of your therapy session, carryover in the classroom, carryover in the home, and monitoring progress.  Professionals will leave this session with a toolkit of resources, tips, and tricks that they can implement immediately. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. Explain the importance of training on a student’s vocabulary system and evidence-based ways to support an AAC user  
  2. State at least 3 strategies that can be implemented to improve student engagement and success during therapy 
  3. Identify 3 tools that can be utilized in classrooms to facilitate carryover  
  4. Name 3 strategies that can be utilized to support AAC use in the home
  5. Describe 2 ways you can monitor student progress

Time Ordered Agenda

  • 5 minutes—Introduction
  • 10 minutes—Training and Collaboration: Getting Everyone on Board
  • 10 minutes – Getting the Most Out of Your Therapy Session: Tips and tricks to improve student engagement and success
  • 20 minutes— Carryover in the Classroom and Home: Tools to Support Parents and Teachers
  • 10 minutes – Monitoring Student Progress
  • 5 minutes – Questions and Answers

17th April

7:00 PM EST

We Are in This Together: 

A Mother’s Story of Learning LAMP WFL with her Daughter with Autism Through Reading Aloud.

This one-hour course will provide participants and introduction to using LAMP WFL at home and other environments outside of school. Participants will learn strategies to expose children to language and how to tie reading with LAMP WFL. Participants will learn stargates to gain their child’s attention to stories and books and practical ways to learn word locations within the LAMP WFL. Participants will learn little habits can make a big impact. Participants will also be provided tips on how to encourage literacy for individuals with Autism.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Provide 3 ideas for implementation of LAMP WFL at home.
  2. Feel comfortable exploring LAMP WFL and learn 3 strategies to gain familiarity with word locations.
  3. Identify ideas to establish routines for implementing the use of LAMP WFL in any environment.

Time Ordered Agenda

  • 5 minutes—Introduction
  • 20 minutes— Filling the Silence: Ensuring my daughter was exposed to language: Read Books!
  • 15 minutes – Pairing the Good things with the Hard things: Expanding Reading to more advanced storylines. Learning how to captivate your resistant listener.
  • 15 minutes— Getting to know the way your child’s vocabulary is organized (LAMP WFL).
  • 5 minutes – Tips to advance literacy for your child with Autism.

18th April

7:00 PM EST

Relationships and AAC     

This one-hour course will provide participants with practical information from the perspective of an AAC user.  The content of the course will include a biography, the impact that AAC can have on one’s ability to formulate relationships, and practical intervention strategies that aid in providing a path for individuals who rely on AAC to make meaningful connections with others.  

The presenter will share information on what his communication skills looked like at various stages along his journey and how communication difficulties can have a negative impact on relationships.  Discussion about some of the common frustrations and challenges often faced by non-verbal individuals along with practical strategies on how to address these challenges will be included.   Participants will also get a brief overview of LAMP Words for Life and the benefits of this vocabulary system. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. State at least 2 ways that AAC can aid in one’s ability to formulate relationships
  2. Describe at least 2 challenges AAC users face and how to address these challenges through intervention strategies
  3. Explain at least 3 benefits of using the LAMP Words for Life Vocabulary

Time Ordered Agenda

  • 5 minutes—Introduction
  • 10 minutes—Biography of AAC User
  • 15 minutes – Impact of AAC on Social Relationships 
  • 15 minutes— Common challenges of AAC users and how to Address through Intervention
  • 10 minutes – Overview of LAMP Words for Life and benefits
  • 5 minutes – Questions and Answers

This course is offered for up to 0.3 ASHA CEUs.
 (Introductory level, Professional area).

This presentation will focus exclusively on LAMP Words for Life and will not include information regarding other similar or related applications.

The SLP wanting ASHA CEUs must

  1. be the person logged on using their registration link at a computer (unfortunately, you cannot use the mobile app or call-in only)
  2. be present the entire length of the session (60 minutes)
  3. be logged in each night you are wanting ASHA CEUs

No exceptions will be made. 

Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connection issues. A system requirements test can be found in your registration confirmation email. If you are having trouble logging on please contact LogMeIn at (877) 582-7011.  |  1022 Heyl Road  Wooster, OH 44691 |  (800) 262-1984