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Alternative Access Methods for Dynamic Display Devices

Posted on 2012-09-27 14:04:23 by Admin under News

Check out this video from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  They do a great job explaining some of the different ways you can access a dynamic display device. 


Children with motor impairments can access dynamic display devices in a variety of ways. Any time a motor impairment is present, it is necessary to obtain an AAC evaluation by both a speech language pathologist and an occupational therapist to determine the best access method. Access methods may include use of a head-mouse, switch scanning or eye control. Video by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

How to transfer files from a ChatPC Silk or Alt-Chat to your new Nova Chat

Posted on 2012-09-24 09:39:23 by Admin under News

Are you making the switch to a new Nova Chat device but you don't want to recreate the vocabulary that you were using on your ChatPC Silk or Alt-Chat?  Don't fret, because you don't have to!  You can simply transfer your files from your old ChatPC device to your Nova Chat.  Here's how:

1.  Make sure you have transferred the file from your Alt-Chat or Silk into DesktopChat SE
2.  From DesktopChat SE, choose File > Export
3.  From the pop-up box, choose Export to File, then OK
4.  Choose the vocabulary file you wish to export, then select Export
5.  Give the file a name, then save it to the Nova Chat Editor Import Folder (this should be located on your desktop).  If it is not on your desktop, try locating it in the location below:
         – For XP users : My computer -> C drive (local drive) -> Documents and Settings -> Users ->
            Login  ID -> Application Data -> Saltillo Corporation -> Nova Chat Editor-> Import
         – For Vista/Windows 7 users: Start -> Computer -> C drive (local drive) -> Users -> Login ID ->
            AppData -> Roaming ->Saltillo Corporation -> Nova Chat Editor-> Import
6.  Open Nova Chat Editor (the transfer should automatically begin) 
7.  Once the transfer is complete, go to Library > My Resources and choose your file
8.  Then you would simply transfer from Nova Chat Editor to your Nova Chat device


George and the Nova Chat 7

Posted on 2012-09-20 15:40:55 by Admin under AAC in Action

Meet George R. He is our Spotlight star for September. George is 9 years old. He is in the fourth grade at Mountain Road Elementary School.  Most of the day, George is in a self-contained classroom, but he does go with other students to science, social studies, and specials like art, music, etc.


He lives with his mother and younger brother William. George and William’s pets include a fish named Beta, a hamster, and a bearded dragon, which is part of the lizard family.  George also likes birds, especially penguins. In his spare time at home, George likes to read and use the computer. His mom says he has always been great with technology. He can find anything on the computer. His favorite game is “Angry Birds”.

George’s mother describes him as shy and not real verbal unless you ask him a question. He doesn’t use a lot of spontaneous speech. George began going to Dynamic Therapy Associates in Kennesaw when he was 2 years old. His mother reports that his therapist, Miss Vicki, was the only person who had high expectations that George would talk. When George was two and a half, he was still babbling rather than using words. He really didn’t start talking until he was about 5. His therapist described him as apraxic, and he also had some motor issues. While there are still some intelligibility and motor issues to work on, George has shown marked improvement in many areas, especially in fine motor skills. George’s first AAC device was a Dynavox. He didn’t really take to it because it was too big and heavy to carry around. Miss Vicki introduced George to the NovaChat 7. She wanted to see if he could manage it better because it was smaller. The NovaChat proved to be a winner!! George understood how to find his way around the pages in no time. He was motivated to use it immediately with minimal prompting. George received his own NovaChat around the first of June this year. He is using the ChatPower 42 vocabulary file.

Right now George prefers to verbalize when folks ask him questions or if he wants something so he is using his NovaChat as a learning tool when he’s doing his homework or working on his spelling. He is also using it more and more to answer questions about what he is reading. George’s mother feels that with the NovaChat, George is more focused. She feels that his speech has improved because his vocabulary has increased.






New Saltillo Feedback/Suggestion Tool

Posted on 2012-09-14 14:03:15 by Admin under News

Introducing another way for you to tell us how we are doing!   We want to hear about your experience with our products and services.  What are we doing well?  What can we do better?  Whether you want to compliment an employee for outstanding customer service, inquire about a product or provide feedback about a frustration, all of your comments and questions are welcomed and valued.   Please visit the online section at and we will be happy to answer your questions!