Springbrook to Host Alternative Communication Workshop

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On November 20-21, Springbrook will be hosting The Center for AAC & Autism's Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning training session, which is open to the community. This session will focus on learning ways to work with technology to help non-verbal people and people who experience difficulty communicating.

The Tom Golisano Center for Autism at The School at Springbrook relies heavily on the use of iPads to help students learn effective communication techniques.

While LAMP was originally intended to assist non-verbal individuals with autism, it is now being adapted to benefit people with a wide range of disabilities and communication needs.

Springbrook, a leading provider of innovative supports for people with special needs, will host a Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) training session November 20 – 21. The two-part series will be held in the Events Room at the Oneonta Springbrook campus, located at 5588 State Highway 7 in Oneonta, New York (formerly Saint Mary’s School).

LAMP is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach that teaches language and communication to individuals who are non-verbal or experience a limited range of verbal abilities by using iPads and speech-generating devices in order to provide an independent and spontaneous expression method. While LAMP was originally intended to assist non-verbal individuals with autism, it is now being adapted to benefit people with a wide range of disabilities and communication needs. A few of the topics to be covered include: the role of motor learning in language development and AAC fluency, device features that support implementation, choosing and teaching vocabulary, and introduction to the Words for Life AAC iPad app. This training session is eligible for 0.8 ASHA CEU’s (American Speech-Language Hearing Association Continuing Education Units), as well as eight contact hours.

Day one of the training, on November 20, will run from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm and includes lunch. Day two will go from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Tuition for this training is $134, but parents and students can receive a 50% discount by emailing susan(at)aacandautism(dot)com. For more information, or to sign up for this training at the regular, non-discounted fee, visit The Center for AAC & Autism online at aacandautism.com/trng.

Springbrook is committed to enhancing communication techniques and learning in ways that suit individuals according to their unique needs and goals. The organization also provides supports and services for people who live at home with their families and as such, parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend this training session to learn more about how to help their friends and loved ones to interact with the world around them.

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