LAMP Words For Life Education App Review (iOS, $299.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Prentke Romich Company

-Improves page display performance in iOS7.

-Resolves several minor user interface issues while running in iOS7.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
2 Ratings
All Versions:
17 Ratings


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 10,000 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 45 years of PRC experience with the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning approach. It is appropriate for 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.

What’s included?

* 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
* 90-days free iShare access
* Capability to migrate vocabulary sets to PRC devices

Three vocabulary files within the app support language development from current skill level to throughout life.

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 for more information on the app and for more information and training on the LAMP™ approach visit

Customer Reviews

  • Great Communication App

    by Mom the professional

    My daughter was introduced to this app 8-10 months ago. With the exception of a few word approximations, she is nonverbal and communicates using sign language. While she still uses sign language, the range of her communication is expanding daily now that we are using LAMP. We are lucky to have a great team at school. Her SLP specializes in augmentative communication devices- she did research and trials before landing on LAMP. The LAMP system must be understood for it to be implemented with fidelity and for one to appreciate the research-based design that, in addition to being an AAC device, fosters language and vocabulary development.

  • Voice Speed Fixed

    by USGGrad

    I wrote a review several months ago re: the speed of the voice. The developer called me at home and several weeks later a fix was made. I am truly greatful for the fix! My daughter has been using the app for several months and we are really pleased with her progress.

  • Good, but not a vantage lite.

    by Blaze1596

    Pros: My son uses it. It doesn't get better than that. Cons: 4. Icons. Some of the icons are different. My son hesitated at first with the new icons. He knew the sequence, but the icon threw off his confidence. I went back to change them to the same Vantage icons. 3. The blanks. On the Vantage Lite, the blank buttons take you back home. Nothing happens on the app. I need to go back and create blank buttons that navigate to the home page. Sounds weird, but my son is use to it like that. 2. Not all, but a lot of buttons are moved around in different places. Why? I thought I understood the concept of motor planning, but after going from a Vantage Lite to LAMP WFL... I'm confused. I went in and moved the buttons back to the Vantage Lite spots. 1. The volume. The voice output. This is huge to me as a parent. My son will be in the backseat of the car with his iPad and all of this motor planning is useless if I cannot hear him. The volume is fine in a quite room, but the real world is loud. My son's preference is LAMP, but if I don't hear him after two or three attempts, he goes back to his Proloquo2go. He can speak his mind through both apps, but the volume on Proloquo2go will get my attention every time which my son needs. My son does not need a AAC app with a low volume output. If he does start to verbally speak, he could mimic the same low volume output essentially whispering. I don't want my son to whisper, I want him to talk. Overall I had to make a lot of changes. I feel like the app was rushed. I've spent months making Proloquo2go work like a Vantage Lite. I got close, but not perfect. Options for speech rate and voice personalization would be useful so the user can learn to speak clearly and slowly. Proloquo2go has these options and that app costs less.

  • Great!

    by AAC Girl

    As an SLP/AAC specialist, I'm thrilled to see this app on the iPad! This is from one of the leading companies in the industry. It takes a little practice to learn the LAMP system, but once one does, it opens up a new world for AAC users. Thank you, PRC!


    by saravan01

    My child uses the Unity/Vantage lite. I just bought this app and attempting to use the vocabulary builder feature once I create the list and load the list the CLEAR button available at the last row left hand corner is not available. However the pictures and tutorial on the website shows that this particular button is available. When I contacted the customer service, I was told the developer advice us that I will have to use the top X (located in the top right) to clear the screen, one word at a time. So, if I use 4 words to make a sentence, then I need to hit the X four times to clear the message!!!! It is stupid solution from a company sell their product by emphasizing so much about MOTOR PLANING. It is not an easy transition for children already use Vanatage or any unity based devices. I hope they FIX this issue. Update 12/13/12: The Develper acknowledged the issue and responded "This bug will be fixed in the next build which should be released soon."

  • Yeah!!

    by Shannon SLP

    I am now at peace with trying iPads as communication devices with this app. I do have some issues with slow loading icons and crashing on first generation iPads. I am willing to put up with the bugs to have an app which supports core vocabulary and motor planning.

  • Fantastic

    by Rmscleveland

    Nine year old Daughter uses vantage light and being able to access her language on an iPad is dream come true. If your child is not using this software, I recommend attending a PRC "how to use" training for a device. I thought only teachers and slp could attend, not so. They also have good online manuals too,It is very time consuming,well worth it. We have already started to create her own vocabulary menu importing pictures from the iPad gallery. Well worth the cost..thank you, thank you for finally making this app.

  • Finally!

    by Ga_Doc

    Been waiting for this for a long time. Worth the wait. Worth the cost.

  • No Voice

    by Darl49

    No one can figure it out. We can not get any voice on the program. All other programs have volume on the ipad accept LAMP. No support either accept email!

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