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Augmentative and alternative communication for children with autism spectrum disorder: an evidence-based evaluation of the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) programme

Bedwani Naguib, Mary-Anne; Bruck, Susan; Costley, Debra

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Mary-Anne Bedwani Naguib

Susan Bruck



Abstract

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder often have restricted verbal communication. For children who do not use functional speech, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices can be an important support. We evaluated the effectiveness of one AAC programme, the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) using a Vantage Lite™ device as the speech output in the home and school environments. Eight children with limited communication were assessed by a speech pathologist prior to the introduction of the programme, after five weeks of training and again after a further two weeks of use of the programme, but without the supported training. The pre-/post-assessment measures revealed that all eight children made gains in the development of spontaneous communication using the device during the implementation period. Parents and teachers also reported that the gains achieved during the five-week trial were greater than those achieved in previous interventions. Two years after the completion of the study, a follow-up phone interview was completed which identified that children who received ongoing support from a LAMP-trained speech pathologist continued using the LAMP programme. As a result of this study, a specialised LAMP specific classroom was established in one of the participating schools.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 10, 2015
Journal Cogent Education
Electronic ISSN 2331-186X
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Article Number 1045807
APA6 Citation Bedwani Naguib, M., Bruck, S., & Costley, D. (2015). Augmentative and alternative communication for children with autism spectrum disorder: an evidence-based evaluation of the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) programme. Cogent Education, 2(1), https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2015.1045807
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2015.1045807
Keywords augmentative and alternative communication (AAC),
autism spectrum disorder (ASD), evidence-based practice (EBP)
Publisher URL https://www.cogentoa.com/article/10.1080/2331186X.2015.1045807
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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