Nova Chat Important Piece in Post-Secondary Success for Illinois Teen

Posted on 2017-02-21 15:00:24 by Admin under News


Let's Teach Core

Posted on 2017-02-20 10:40:06 by Admin under Resources & Tips

Using Core Words? 

First, let’s start with “what are core words?”  Simply described, they are a small set of words that make up a majority of what we say every day across all settings.  This will be our target set of words for teaching and modeling.   Some examples of core words: I, he, she, it, like, do, don’t,  get, give, go, play, open, stop, turn, help, more, on, off, in, out, big, small, hot, cold, etc.

What are the other words that we use?  Fringe.  Fringe words are important too, but they are more specific to the situation, topic and individual. An example of fringe if we are talking about baseball would be: ball, bat, baseball, base.  Or if we are talking about camping: tent, campfire, sleeping bag.

Core words give us power in communication.  Adding core to fringe allows the communicator to say much more beyond labeling the item: e.g. - play ball, get on base, big tent, small campfire, get in/out of sleeping bag, I like it, I don’t like it, do more, etc.

Try a simple google search on core and fringe vocabulary.  You will find a great deal of information.  PrAACticalAAC.org offers a wealth of information-tips and resources from many experts in the field.  One of the supports found on PrAACticalAAC.org is A Year of Core (set 1 and set 2).  Resources to support WordPower and A Year of Core can be found on here (Symbol Stix or PCS). 

To add one more support piece, Amanda Hettenhausen, Saltillo Consultant for Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri offers a tip to teach a word from the monthly list.  Found in February’s words on PrAACticalAAC.org let’s teach AGAIN and DIFFERENT.  


Chat Software 2.6 has been released!

Posted on 2017-02-17 14:14:51 by Admin under News

The 2.6.0 Chat Software Update is now available here for your device and for Chat Editor.  Simply find your device and click on the appropriate language under Downloads next to your device.

New Features:

  • Dynamic Word Prediction, Learning Dictionary
  • A new WordPower file has been added.
    • WordPower 25 Touch & Scan with Keyboard is a vocabulary consisting of high frequency core words, spelling and word prediction.  With the keyboard on the main page, the communicator moves seamlessly between words and spelling, thus minimizing keystrokes and the need for navigation.  Common core words are embedded within the category pages in order to assist in bridging the gap between core and fringe vocabulary.
  • WordPower 24, WordPower 24 w/ phrases & WordPower 30 have been removed, but are still available to download here. Simply choose your device, scroll down to the vocabulary section, and select the vocabulary you wish to download.
  • WordPower files updated with voice command devices & other misc. items
  • Voice command device pages added to MultiChat15 vocabularies

Chat 2.6.0 Update addresses:

  • word prediction dictionary clean up
  • the "allow" screen for accepting a computer stays on the front in order to select it

To download the Chat 2.6.0 Software Update, go to Menu > Help > Check for Updates on your device to initiate an automatic update.  You can also go to Support & Training > Support Home > Scroll down to find your device and choose your language under Downloads to download the appropriate Chat Software Update to manually copy to your device.



Saltillo is hiring!

Posted on 2017-02-13 12:52:22 by Admin under News

Who wants to be a part of a fun, fantastic team? We are currently hiring a full-time Assistive Technology Consultant for the state of Georgia.

The primary responsibility of the Assistive Technology Consultant (ATC) is to market and promote appropriate placement of Saltillo AAC devices. The ATC is responsible for identifying key AAC service providers in his/her territory and keeping those providers updated about Saltillo products through presentations, trainings, e-trainings and visits.  The ATC will also provide post-sale trainings when appropriate.  The ATC will represent Saltillo in professional presentations, exhibits, consultations and other activities as requested.  ATC strives to increase Saltillo’s customer base, along with an increase in customer satisfaction, customer knowledge, and long-term corporate profitability.

Saltillo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Find the detailed job description and application information here