Success Stories

Implementing AAC: A Step-by-Step Process

by Nicole Wingate, Speech-Language Pathologist at Bluffton Harrison Elementary School in Bluffton, IN and Angela Sheets Where We Started It was just a few years ago when I found myself feeling hopeless as an SLP. There were students on my caseload with virtually no functional means to communicate. With ever changing...

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LAMP Spotlight: Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

Reprinted from the LAMP™ eNewsletter, Issue 3 In this issue, we are highlighting the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES (BOCES-2), based in Rochester, New York. They are a cooperative special education organization composed of nine school districts which offers programs for preschool through transition-aged students. Over the...

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Johnathan Gunn: A Story Of Determination

For 27 year-old Johnathan Gunn, it's been a difficult road. Born and diagnosed with seven disabilities, including Cerebral palsy, Lowe's Syndrome, developmentally delayed, mental retardation, legally blind, severe orthopedic impairments and aplastic anemia/cancer, life was already an uphill battle. A Devastating...

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Ethan Bartlett, The Unstoppable Communicator!

In 2016, Ethan Bartlett received his Accent 1000 – and he hasn’t stopped communicating since. Ethan, a 14 year-old with autism, has been using his device to communicate everything from greeting others to asking questions in class to getting butter put on his roll! "Ethan needed help to put butter on his roll...

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It's Not What She Wanted To Say

No matter how hard they tried, Lydia just wasn’t interested. The sweet, happy little girl was diagnosed with Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency, a mitochondrial disease, which left her nonverbal. To help their daughter communicate, Lydia’s parents began to search for a method that would work best for her, one...

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Alex: A LAMP Success Story

Like most children with Angelman Syndrome, Alex only communicated with natural gestures. “He really didn’t have a way to communicate effectively at home,” said his mom. “Alex would point to things he wanted, go to the pantry and/or refrigerator to obtain items, or simply pick from choices given to...

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