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Workshop focuses on communication for people with autism

February 18th, 2013 8:33 am by staff report

The East Tennessee Technology Access Center will hold an all-day workshop on strategies to promote communication for people with autism on March 8.


The training will be held at ETTAC, 116 Childress St., Knoxville from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  


John Halloran, a renowned speech language pathologist and senior clinical associate for The Center for Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices and Autism, will present “Putting LAMP to Work: AAC Strategies to Promote Communication.”


Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is a therapeutic approach used to develop communication skills for individuals who are non-verbal and have limited verbal skills.


He will also explore the features of various communication devices that support teaching and building language for those with autism spectrum disorders.


Using LAMP, communication skills improve, social engagement in children with autism often increases, problematic behaviors can decline, and some children exhibit increased verbal speech.


This workshop is open to parents, teachers, and speech language pathologists, as well as other therapists and professionals with 0.5  ASHA CEUs available.  The cost is $79.


Pre-registration is required at www.aacandautism.com/trng, or by calling toll free (866) 998-1726.


For more information about ETTAC or for directions, visit www.ettac.org or call (865) 219-0130.  

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