UNITY/LAMP Seminar: Strategy for Teaching Communication Using AAC


September 18-20, 2018, Pittsburgh


The focus of this 2.5 day seminar will be to provide learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for the use of core vocabulary as it pertains to language and vocabulary development for augmented communicators as well as how to integrate the use of core vocabulary as a primary strategy for targeting communication and language in home and academic settings.  This presentation will cover the components of LAMP, including readiness to learn, encouraging 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 LAMP addresses the core language deficits of autism, device features that help teach language, importance of learning core words and implementation strategies.


Bruce Baker, PhD

Deborah Laurent Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP

Tracy M. Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP

Russell Cross

John Halloran, MS, CCC-SLP

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain why core vocabulary, not extended vocabulary, should be emphasized in AAC intervention.
  2. Describe the relationship between the use of core vocabulary and normal language development.
  3. Identify the challenges with using a page-based system in an AAC device.
  4. Discuss the impact of motor automaticity in the successful use of AAC devices.
  5. Define the five components of the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning approach.
  6. Describe two strategies for encouraging success upon initial presentation of a speech-generating device.
  7. Describe the role a unique and consistent motor pattern per word plays in the development of segmentation of speech.
  8. Identify two key differences between referential and descriptive teaching strategies.
  9. Generate linguistically oriented IEP goals and objectives for students who use AAC.
  10. Discuss strategies that enable students who use AAC to demonstrate learning to demonstrate learning within the components of Bloom’s Taxonomy.


This activity is offered for up to 1.9 CEUs (19.0 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:
  1. Download, and complete the following forms.
  2. Save the files names: 180920_SCS_Lastname_Firstname
  3. Send both files to ceus@aacinstitute.org
  4. CEU certificate will be sent after submitting the two forms

Note: If any difficulty is encountered in using this form, write to ceus@aacinstitute.org to request an alternative file format.