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Saltillo Corporation Receives Continued Approval as an ASHA Approved Continuing Educator Provider

ASHA Approved CE Provider Status Demonstrates Commitment to High-Quality CE Programming for Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

August 25, 2016 – The Continuing Education Board (CEB) ´╗┐of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recognized Saltillo Corporation on August 12, 2016 by reapproving them for an additional five years as an ASHA Approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider.  ASHA Approved CE Providers are approved to offer ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the courses they offer to audiologists and speech-language pathologists.  The recognition period extends for five years and includes all courses offered during that time that meet the ASHA CEB standards.

“We are pleased to welcome Saltillo Corporation as our newest ASHA Approved CE Provider organization,” stated Dr.Jaynee A. Handelsman, president of ASHA and director of pediatric audiology in the CS Mott Children’s Hospital and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in the University of Michigan Health System. Handelsman added, “Saltillo Corporation joins 532 organizations across the county and around the world that have had their organizational process and courses reviewed by our experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met.”

In order to achieve ASHA Approved CE Provider status, Saltillo Corporation completed a rigorous application process and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ASHA Continuing Education Board standards that focus on the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its continuing education courses offered for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. The re-approval process involved the review of all courses offered by Saltillo Corporation in the past five year period and their on-going adherence to ASHA CEB standards.  As a result of re-approval, Saltillo Corporation agreed to continue their compliance with ASHA CEB standards and can continue to promote their organization and courses using the ASHA CE logo on promotional course material. In addition, Saltillo Corporation is listed on the ASHA CEB’s Approved CE Provider list and their courses that meet CEB standards appear in the ASHA CEUFind on the ASHA website at .

About Saltillo Corporation
Saltillo and its sister company PRC are global leaders in the development of AAC solutions, including augmentative communication devices, apps, computer access products, and other assistive technology for people with speech disorder.

Saltillo strives to provide the most effective assistive technology products along with comprehensive support and service. The goal is that each and every product Saltillo provides allows people with disabilities to participate in and enjoy life to the fullest.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 186,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. For more information, please visit or call 800-498-2071.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education Board (CEB)

The ASHA CEB supports and facilitates professional development by assisting individuals in the management of lifelong learning; encouraging the availability of quality, relevant CE opportunities through its network of ASHA Approved Continuing Education Providers; and recognizing individual accomplishments in CE with the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE). 

Meet Jake- August's Spotlight Story

Jake was born with many mysterious things about him. Throughout the first 2 years of his life, he was in and out of numerous doctor appointments, minor surgeries, hours of physical, speech, and occupational therapies, had multiple MRIs of his brain and spine, a feeding tube, 24 hour oxygen, metabolic and genetic tests-all with no conclusive reasons for his abnormalities. He was given a diagnosis of "severe global developmental delays".

He sat up independently for the first time at 1.5 years. He learned to move around and scoot on his bottom until, with lots and lots of help and support, he figured out how to take steps in his little red walker. Jake learned two signs-more and please, and two words-hi and mama. Picking up new signs was painfully slow and tedious for him, but we continued to try to teach them. In preschool, he then learned to use a picture symbol binder to help him communicate preferences. The preschool required he request snack from a choice of “snack” or “shoe” to get more snack. Jake would often hand them the “shoe” picture and laugh. We later found out he knew the correct “snack” picture all along, he thought it was a funny joke to ask for the shoe at snack time!

When he entered Kindergarten, he took 2 steps unassisted and we all cried. He worked and worked for months up to 3 steps, then 4, and 5. By the end of Kindergarten Jake didn't need his little walker anymore. That summer, Jake crawled up the stairs by himself and we cried again. These milestones- he did them when he was ready. 

Jake’s communication has had a similar pattern. He is non-verbal, but has so much to say. He smiles, he points, he imitates and he engages everyone he encounters. A little less than a year ago Jake finally received his first communication device, a lime green Nova Chat 10. Quickly Jake’s use of the vocabulary on his communication device confirmed our suspicions, Jake understands way more than he is able to express! He now listens to conversations and repeats parts of phrases that he hears. For example, one day after therapy I told my husband that Jake did a great job. Jake used his device to say “good” and “therapy”. He requests toys, people, responds to books and games, talks about his toys, and tells us about his day at school-all on his device. He is incredible and each day he shares something new. He is even starting to read and spell. Jake’s communication device has opened his world to opportunities we didn’t know were possible! What a lucky guy that he has finally been given access to a voice!

At school Jake has an incredible support system. He has other students who serve as communication device “role models”, peers who read to him using his communication device and teachers who build Jake’s learning by setting high expectations and providing him instruction which embraces his use of the Nova Chat during all aspects of his day!


Jake has had many challenges however; they are not what define him. What defines Jake is his smile, his hugs, his encouraging thumbs up, his drive to socially connect to anyone and everyone, his motivation, his easy going personality, and that laugh-that deep gut laugh. He gave us the gift of slowing down and enjoying each and every milestone and accomplishment. Through Jake’s Nova Chat, we are all beginning to learn so much more about who he is as an individual. He is making a difference everyday as he helps people become more accepting and open minded toward unique ways of communicating, connecting and sharing. He is doing this one interaction at a time and we can’t wait to see what his future holds!

                                                                                                       -Libby Russell (Jake’s mom)


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2.4.0 Software is now available!

The 2.4.0 Chat Software Update is now available here for your device and for Chat Editor.  You can also watch this video to see "What's New".

New Features:

  • The Symbol Stix Symbol Library has been updated
  • Two new Vocabulary Files have been added
    • Communication Journey: Aphasia

      “Communication Journey: Aphasia” is a vocabulary file containing features and vocabulary designed to support people with aphasia.  It was developed by Lois Turner (SLP), Anne MacCallum (SLP) and Sarah Gauthier (SLP Assistant) in consultation with a group of speech-language pathologists who work exclusively with people with aphasia and brain injuries.  All the participants work at CAYA (Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults) and the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The framework of the file was derived from the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia from the Aphasia Institute in Toronto, Canada.  The pages were created to facilitate participation in daily activities and to promote social links.

      Aphasia, a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain where language is stored, may affect the ability to comprehend language, to express oneself, to read, or to spell and write.  “Communication Journey: Aphasia” can easily be adapted for use by people with different types of aphasia and a range of cognitive levels and degrees of severity. 

      Symbols, photographs, visual scenes, videos or words can be used on the message, topic and script pages.   Included are pages that facilitate supported communication techniques, self-advocacy, directing care, and repair of communication breakdowns.  Types of information typically included in communication books—such as pain and emotion scales, maps, and templates for personal information and life stories—are also incorporated into the vocabulary file. Specialized features include variable “rate of speech” and “pause between words”.Grid size and vocabulary are easily customized to reflect and support the life experiences of the person with aphasia.

      Although this vocabulary file contains starting-point vocabulary commonly required by adults with aphasia, it MUST be customized.  Each person has a unique history and the file must reflect their lives, experiences and abilities.  

    • Basic Scan

      Basic scan is a primarily phrase based vocabulary for emerging communicators that access communication through auditory and/or visual scanning.  Basic Scan was developed by Lisa Nobel Martin, MA, CCC-SLP specifically for the ChatFusion and NOVAchat.  Lisa has years’ experience working with nonverbal pediatric patients at all stages of communication. Her focus on teaching auditory and visual scanning techniques to these individual’s has proven quite successful.

      The Basic Scan file encompasses various communicative functions (greeting, directing, protesting, commenting, requesting, sharing information).  Page navigation is used to support language formulation.  In addition, some vocabulary is hidden and can be gradually uncovered to scaffold learning. The Basic Scan file is meant to provide a framework and example of where to begin with an emerging communicator who is using auditory and/or visual scanning as a means to access communication.  Basic Scan does not provide access to a comprehensive vocabulary. Specific items within each category can and should be modified to meet the unique needs of individuals.


Chat 2.4.0 Update addresses:

  • NOVA chat 8.25N**** (Android 5 Dedicated) Camera Problem
  • Sped up the symbol search
  • Visual Effects getting shut off when Animate Effects getting shut off

To download the Chat 2.4.0 Software Update, go to Menu>Help>Check for Updates on your device to initiate an automatic update or go to Downloads from this website, choose your language and download the appropriate Chat Software Update to manually copy to your device.

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New Alternate Access Series Videos

If you're interested in Alternate Access with your Nova Chat or Chat Fusion, we have added 4 new videos. These videos will explore alternate access features available with NOVA Chat and Chat Fusion devices.  Alternate access topics include use of a keyguard, switch scanning, headpointing and customization through the scan editor. 

They can be found under Training- Video Tutorials- Watch a Chat Software Video Tutorial or simply by clicking here.


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