October's Spotlight Star- Connolly

Posted on 2015-10-27 10:31:00 by Admin under Success Stories

Our Spotlight celebrity for this month is Connolly Roach from Cumming, Georgia. She is 7 years old. Connolly was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome and also diagnosed with apraxia. She is in the first grade at Kelly Mill Elementary. Connolly is very active, always on the go! Her favorite activities are horseback riding and swimming. She has been doing both since she was two years old. Connolly lives with her mom and dad as well as two dogs named Tally and Gracie. She is big sister to 20 month old Bancs. She has 2 sets of grandparents, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins who surround her with lots of love and support. Connolly’s mom, Teri says “I think her favorite thing about the device is that she can order her own meal at a restaurant. She loves being independent!!”

Jill, Connolly’s SLP at school, describes her as a fun-loving, always laughing student with a TREMENDOUS desire to communicate with teachers and peers. That wasn’t always the case though. Connolly has had the NovaChat for a few years but just recently started getting serious about using it because her speech isn’t improving. She can communicate her wants and needs verbally with familiar listeners, however, when the context of her conversation is unknown, it can be difficult for others to understand without the use of her NovaChat. Communicating was becoming more and more frustrating as Connolly wanted to say more beyond what she wanted and what she needed. Her mom thinks she is starting to see that her NovaChat can help her communicate.  Teri says Connolly is a VERY determined kid when it comes to making sure you understand what she's saying. She won't stop until you get it so this device is perfect.

Connolly went to a one week AAC camp over the summer and had a great time. She got to be a camp helper since she was one of the older campers. Jessie who was at camp with Connolly and also her SLP for the summer sees great communication skills developing for her.

At first, Connolly was hesitant to openly use her NovaChat within the general education setting, but after a PowerPoint presentation to her classmates, which displayed her use and abilities with the NovaChat, she was more willing than ever to use it. Connolly’s SLP, Jill says Connolly absolutely LOVED sharing with her class, and she even had most of the kids convinced that they needed to have a NovaChat too! Connolly thinks it is great that they were able to program it to say many things, including her favorite phrase “Go War Eagle, Hey!” This Georgia kid is a huge Auburn fan!!!

Its awesome to be able to report great stories like this. We wish Connolly continued progress and we say hats off to a great family and passionate team of teachers, therapists, and friends who provide Connolly with the motivation to be the best communicator she can be.

 


PRC’s Realize Language™ Service Now Available for Saltillo NOVA chat Devices

Posted on 2015-10-13 13:27:06 by Admin under News

Wooster, OH, October 13, 2015: PRC, a leading manufacturer of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology solutions for individuals with speech disabilities, announced today that its online client-data analysis tool, Realize Language™, is now available for owners of the NOVA chat range of AAC devices from Saltillo Corporation.

The popular NOVA chat now has the added capability to track an individual’s communication and then upload it wirelessly to the Realize Language website. Once uploaded, the website offers a selection of analysis tools that can help parents, therapists, and educators see how well someone is using their AAC device, and then use that information to make decisions about future intervention strategies.

Using the Realize Language system, it’s possible to generate highly visual “word clouds,” bar charts, word lists, and even calendars showing time and frequency of device use. This innovative online tool turns hard-to-read text-based data log files into colorful visual displays that are easy for everyone to  understand.

With simple, one-click tools, you can:

  • Track progress and communication development over time
  • Automatically compare different aspects of communication
  • Create a detailed dashboard summary of performance
  • Share information with everyone on the team
  • Quickly create valuable reports that anyone can understand, even those with limited knowledge of AAC

“It’s exciting that we can now welcome the NOVA chat to a growing family of ‘Realize Ready™’ AAC devices and apps,” said Russell Cross, PRC Director of Clinical Applications and one of the developers of the Realize Language system. “A key component in helping anyone to improve their skills in using an AAC system is to be able know what they are currently able to do and where there may be opportunities for change. People using NOVA chat devices can now benefit from the 24/7 logging and analysis offered by the Realize Language online tools.”

According to Saltillo CEO, Dave Hershberger, “Part of our mission has always been to find new ways to help our clients become more competent and confident communicators.  Our introduction of the ‘Realize Ready’ data logging feature to the NOVA chat range of devices is another step towards fulfilling that mission.”

 

About PRC

PRC is a global leader in the development of AAC solutions, including augmentative communication devices, computer access products, and other assistive technology for people with speech disorders.
A 100% employee-owned company headquartered in Wooster, OH, PRC pioneered the use of technology to bring speech and language capabilities to adults and children with disabilities nearly 50 years ago. Since then, the company's products have enabled children and adults worldwide to achieve spontaneous, independent, and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level, or motor skills.


In addition to powerful AAC devices, PRC provides teaching and implementation ideas, therapy materials, curriculum sequences, funding assistance, and training to speech-language pathologists, special educators, and the families of AAC communicators.

For more information, go to prentrom.com or call (800) 262-1984.

 

About Saltillo

Saltillo Corporation, an employee-owned company in Millersburg, Ohio and subsidiary of PRC, has developed and manufactured augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, computer access products, and other assistive technology for people with speech disabilities since 1996. Saltillo also operates an assistive technology e-commerce website, Silver Kite, at www.silver-kite.com/

For more information, go to saltillo.com or call (800) 382-8622.

 

About Realize Language

Realize Language™ is a new online service that gives parents and professionals powerful ways to monitor, measure, and maximize a child’s use of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) speech device. Some AAC devices and apps automatically collect data when a device is used. These include the Accent™, ECO™, Vantage™, Vanguard™, and Springboard™ devices from PRC; the NOVA chat devices with 2.1.0 software and above from Saltillo; the Words For Life™ app from the Center for AAC & Autism; and the TouchChat™ app. Realize Language organizes and analyzes these data logs and presents the results in easy-to-understand graphic formats.

For more information, go to realizelanguage.com or send an email to support@realizelanguage.com