Join us at one of the conferences put on by the Little Light House. You have poured into us, now its our turn to give back to you.

The Little Light House hosts regular continuing education conferences covering a wide variety of topics related to children with special needs. 

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning(LAMP) Extended Course: Highlighting Local Clients

March 1 -2, 2018



Length: 1.5 days
0.8 ASHA CEUs / 8 Contact Hours
**PT and OT CEUs pending**

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1

9:00-10:30: Welcome, Communication processes in ASD & benefit of LAMP approach, Overview of LAMP approach

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15: Readiness to Learn, Shared Focus, Consistent & Unique Motor Patterns

12:15-1:15: LUNCH

1:15-2:15: Auditory Signal, Natural Consequence

2:15-2:30 BREAK

2:30-3:30: Language Connections, Getting Started

TOTAL FOR DAY ONE: 5 Contact Hours or 0.5 CEU’s

Day 2

9:00-10:30: Core Vocabulary and Language Representation, Assessment, Preparing the Device

10:30-11:00: BREAK

11:00-12:30: Implementation Goals and Activities, Tracking Efficacy, Summary and Follow-up

TOTAL FOR DAY TWO: 3 Contact Hours or 0.3 CEU’s

TOTAL FOR COURSE: 8 Contact Hours or 0.8 CEU’s

This course will cover the components of LAMP:

  • Readiness to learn.
  • Engaging the learner through joint engagement.
  • Learning language through a unique motor plan paired with an auditory signal and a natural consequence.

Discussion will include:

  • How this approach addresses the core language deficits of autism.
  • Device features that are beneficial to teaching language.
  • How to use those features to implement LAMP components.
  • Videos will be used to illustrate the treatment components.

In addition, this extended workshop will include videotaping of up to three local clients chosen by the host center on the day prior to the training. Those videos will be used to illustrate the components of LAMP and to facilitate discussion regarding assessment and implementation.

The videotaped clients are eligible to receive loaner devices for one month following this basic workshop to trail the LAMP approach. Those team members responsible for implementation need to be present throughout the training and would need to receive specific device training either through online e-training or through the local PRC consultant. This can be arranged with the Center for AAC & Autism prior to the workshop. PRC’s language system and devices will be used to illustrate treatment components but LAMP principles can also be applied to other products. Participants will receive some hands-on time with the LAMP Words for Life language system; however this is not a device-specific training. 

**$25 cancellation fee within 48 hours of conference **

Speaker – John D Halloran, M.S., CCC-SLP    

John Halloran, a speech-language pathologist, is the Senior Clinical Associate for The Center for AAC and Autism. John has worked in the field of AAC since 1994 and is co-author of the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning approach. He has a special interest in children who are challenged by severe physical or cognitive disabilities. He also finds much reward in exploring ways to best implement assistive technology with children who have autism. John graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. He received his master’s in Communicative Disorders from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1992. After graduation, he worked at Arkansas Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, specializing in assistive technology. He has also owned a pediatric therapy clinic and after-school care for children with disabilities. He teaches augmentative communication at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. John maintains membership in several organizations, including the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Arkansas Speech Language Hearing Association. He has presented extensively in the United States and internationally.