Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is a relatively new approach in the UK but has been widely used in the US. Current practice demands our approaches be evidence based, so what is the evidence base for the LAMP approach and when is this approach the most suitable for people who require AAC? This session will attempt to answer these questions through a review of the evidence available and case study illustrations.
Available research papers were reviewed and case study information taken from some of the LAMP trials that have taken place in the UK.
As with most aspects of AAC research, the available research is still limited. However, the research that is available provides very interesting results. When the implementation principles of LAMP (including non directive therapy, sensory integration and social networks) were examined alongside the research specifically in relation to LAMP, the results showed the LAMP approach to be well based in theory.
The process concluded that evidence supporting the LAMP approach is compelling but limited in terms of quantity in the US and non existent, at date of writing, in the UK. Anecdotal and case study evidence is growing and plans for future clinical research projects are ongoing. Wider evidence base exists for the principles that support the LAMP approach, e.g. sensory integration, intensive interaction.