LAMP Words For Life™ is a full English vocabulary augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines the power of the PRC Unity® language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles and strategies. LAMP™ is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles as well as clinical experiences that address the language development and communication needs of children with autism. It provides a consistent motor pattern for words and a systematic way to develop communication skills allowing for unlimited language growth opportunities. More than 20,000 parents, caregivers, teachers, and clinicians have been trained on LAMP™ worldwide and significant gains in communication ability have been witnessed and documented.
The app combines 50 years of PRC experience with the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning approach. It is appropriate for anyone from beginning communicators who are just learning that they can affect those around them to skilled communicators with advanced language skills. Language development in typically developing children occurs through the combination of a consistent motor pattern, the sound that motor pattern produces, and the reaction they get from the environment. LAMP™ presents vocabulary in the same manner so those language connections can be developed.
LAMP Words For Life™ app is symbol based for those who are not yet literate; however, those symbols are paired with text to support literacy development. The vocabulary, structure, and teaching approach are based on research and years of implementation with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
* High quality Ivona text-to-speech voices
* Three developmentally progressive vocabulary files
* Pre-stored core and fringe words
* Vocabulary Builder: Allows chosen words to be visible while the remaining vocabulary is hidden
* Word Finder: Helps the user find where words are stored
* Ability to store customized vocabulary and edit individual buttons
* 7-days free iShare access
* Capability to migrate vocabulary sets from PRC devices
* Data Logging with ability to automatically sync with Realize Language™ for analysis
Three vocabulary levels within the app support language development from any skill level:
An introductory level features 83 core words that are only one touch away. Core words are those words that are most frequently used in speech and can be used in a variety of settings and activities.
A transition level requires a second button to be pressed before hearing those initial 83 core words paired with additional vocabulary. This level allows for the learning of extended motor patterns without the visual distractions of the full vocabulary file.
The full vocabulary file gives the device user access to verb conjugations and word endings such as + s, + er, and + est. It includes 3,000+ words and allows for the customization of personalized vocabulary such as names, favorite foods, and favorite places.
Prentke Romich Company (PRC) is a member of a consortium of companies that are pioneers in the field of assistive technology and augmentative communication. The group includes Prentke Romich Company (USA), Saltillo Corporation (USA), Words + (USA), Liberator Ltd. (UK), Prentke Romich Deutchland (Germany) and Liberator Pty Ltd. (Australia). These companies bring a broad range of products and services to provide the most comprehensive line of AAC solutions in the industry. The employee owners of this consortium, many of whom have been with their organizations for more than 20 years, have dedicated their careers to assisting individuals with disabilities through the use of technology.
Visit aacapps.com for more information on the app and for more information and training on the LAMP™ approach visit www.aacandautism.com.
minor bug fixes and improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Core vs. fringe vocab
We like this app. We've had it for about one month. I like the setup. It is user-friendly compared to other apps we've tried. I like that the buttons on the original page can't be changed/moved around like in other apps. It helps the child memorize the placement of the buttons, so less frustration. However, you do have the option of customizing. I appreciate that this app is intuitive and we've been able to use it across settings. There's a website you can subscribe to for supplemental lessons to help with learning and using the app. It's $84 for a year. The lessons aren't that helpful and the pictures are outdated. There are free resources on the AAC lab website though that support the app with tips and suggestive activities. Last year iTunes offered this app half off on Autism Awareness Day.
Lacking Important Support Documentation/Help Screens
The success of this app relies heavily on the user’s ability to customize it by programming the app. Unfortunately, there is not a users’ manual available for the app—only a “Quick Start Guide” with scant information. This then becomes an exercise in frustration as one slogs through a trial and error method of programming, spending considerable amounts of time on a learning curve that could have been eliminated by a useful manual or even a help screen with a search field. Even though you have already paid $300, you are welcome to spend more time and money on online training or spend additional money on a “premium support” option. As the parent of a special needs child, I really don’t have time for that! For $300, I would think an online download of a decent .pdf users’ manual would be included. Even my new $300 television, which involves less programming, came with more support documentation than this app.
This App is wonderfully constructed. I like its set up, ease of use, and the ability to personalize!
However,the main draw back is that for a 12 year old, the app's vocabulary is severely lacking. There are not enough words. (For example the words blueberry and coyote are not in the vocabulary along with other words.)
And even though you can program them into the App, there are often not appropriate pictures to go with the words. (For example the word "sun" has over 10 symbols while the word "blueberry" does not have a symbol.) As a busy family we often do not have the time to program the amount of words and pictures needed for our 12 year old into the device.
- Prentke Romich Company
- 831.7 MB
- Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- English, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 Prentke Romich Company (PRC). All Rights Reserved.
- In-App Purchases
- Bilingual English/Spanish Child Voice Emilio $23.99
- Bilingual English/Spanish Child Voice Valerina $23.99
- US Child Voice - Josh $11.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.