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LAMP Training- March 27, 2017. 9am-3:30pm

What is LAMP?

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles. LAMP gives individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves with a voice output AAC device. The components of LAMP address the features and vocabulary available on the device as well as the method of teaching communication while taking into account the individual’s sensory needs.

LAMP was initially developed to give nonverbal individuals with autism a means of communication but can be adapted to benefit individuals with a variety of disabilities.

It’s often noted that as communication skills improve, social engagement increases, problematic behaviors decline, and some individuals exhibit increased verbal speech.

 Workshop Description

This course will cover the components of LAMP: readiness to learn, engaging the learner in motivating activities, 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 are beneficial to teaching language, and how to use those features to implement LAMP components. Videos will be used to illustrate the treatment components.

The workshop will also cover:

  • The role of motor learning in language development
  • Device features that support implementation
  • Choosing and teaching vocabulary
  • Introduction to the LAMP Words for Life™ language system for iPad® and PRC devices

Due to the limited duration of this course, hands-on time with devices will be limited to breaks.


Teresa Parrill, M.S., CCC-SLP

Teresa acquired her undergraduate degree in speech pathology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995, and her Master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997.

Teresa Parrill is a speech-language pathologist employed in several areas of her field. She works with local companies in Colorado to provide speech and language services for children ages 0-16. Her first love is augmentative communication, and she enjoys consulting with individuals around the state on providing the most appropriate means to enhance their communicative abilities.

 Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for speech language pathologists, teachers, occupational therapists, parents and anyone who supports individuals who are nonverbal. We are pleased to offer ASHA CEUs. Upon course completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance which may be submitted to satisfy continuing education requirements for other professional organizations.


New England Assistive Technology

NEAT, an Oak Hill Center

33 Coventry Street

Hartford, CT 06112

 Cost & Registration


0.5 ASHA CEUs/5 Contact Hours

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 * A 50% discount is available for parents and students. Email michelle.kelsey@aacandautism.com to register.

A Special Event for Autism Awareness! Autism, Apps, and AT…oh my!- Thursday, April 6th, 2017. 9am-3pm

Participants will learn about various assistive technology tools that can help support students with Autism in the classroom setting.  There will be demonstrations and resources provided about the top apps for Android, Chrome and iPad.  These supports will include items for teaching social skills, play and leisure time, academic and functional skills, visual supports and schedules and adapted books as well as social stories. 

Registration begins at 8:30 am
Location: New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), 33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT  
Fee: $40 members/non-members
          Includes Contact Hours 
Presenter: Nicole Feeney, M.Ed., Director of Assistive Technology 


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ZoomText University- May 24 & 25 9am-4pm


•When: Wednesday and Thursday, May 24 & 25, 2017
•Where: Hartford, CT
•What: ZoomText University
•Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you are a teacher that needs to know how to use the latest screen magnification technology, an IT professional that needs to assist low vision clients, a student or current ZoomText customer who needs to know how to get the most out of ZoomText 11, then this hands-on training is just for you.

VFO and The NEAT Center at Oak Hill are proud to announce ZoomText 11 training in Hartford on May 24 and 25, 2017. The training will be located at the following address:

The NEAT Center at Oak Hill
 33 Coventry Street
 Hartford, CT 06112

Unlike other training courses that can cost up to $1,500 or more, ZoomText University training is only $550 per student for a two day class! VFO accepts most major credit cards, checks, money orders, and almost all state authorizations.

To sign up for the training, please contact the VFO Training Department by phone at 800.444.4443 extension 1016 or 1021 or by e-mail at VFO training.

For directions to the training location, please call 860-286-3100.

Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Members ATventure- Session #3- May 2nd, 2017. 1pm-4pm

NEAT (New England Assistive Technology) invites staff from member districts to join us in an ATventure to learn about, network with others and explore the possibilities of assistive technology.  These ATventures will be led by Assistive Technology Specialists at the NEAT during three (3) separate sessions throughout the 2016-2017 fiscal/school year.  Each session provides different topics and will include the hottest trends and latest tools in education and assistive technology, including input from members as to what areas of AT would most benefit them and their schools.  Topics will include tools, strategies and technology that facilitate - Student Created Content, Collaborative Learning, Active Learning, Personal Learning Networks, Mobile Learning, Competency Based Learning, and Social Learning. 
Districts are welcome to send up to 10 staff to each session. 
Registration is required for this free member event. 


Presenter: NEAT Assistive Technology Specialists

Fee: FREE for Members

Location: New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), 33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT  

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