I got to spend a few minutes yesterday training with our classroom speech-language pathologist learning how to maneuver my way around LAMP, an acronym for Language Acquisition through Motor Planning. It’s a therapeutic approach that gives nonverbal individuals a means of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves in any environment through the use of an app on an iPad.
LAMP gives the individual access to vocabulary on voice output AAC devices that use consistent motor plans for accessing vocabulary. The home page of LAMP Words For Life app contains 84 words that can be accessed with 1 hit, the basic core words for communication. From there the next level is transition with 2 hits. Three hits accesses a full vocabulary of more than 3,000 words. The visuals with words the child chooses to access usually revolve around their own interests and desires, thus determining the custom vocabulary they are taught.
The LAMP app truly brings light to the otherwise dark and silent world of the nonverbal.
It is remarkable how quickly most of our students catch on. How freely they learn to communicate their basic wants and needs. To make requests. To answer questions.
It kind of reminds me of how God works. Just like the words on the device help our students interact more appropriately in their environment, God’s word helps us see more clearly the appropriate path we should be following.
I encourage you to let God’s word be the lamp that Illuminates your path. No iPad needed. You can write His word upon your heart. Be nonverbal. 🙂 Memorize it. A few key verses to always keep you on your path.
Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Love and laughter,