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Attention Nova Chat users!!

Posted on 2013-11-27 14:53:55 by Admin under News

Attn: Nova Chat users. An Android update (4.4) has just been released. Do not update your Android software!


The Samsungs lock people out of the update but the Nexus permits the update and causes our app not to work.

Anyone that has already done the update, will need to call tech support.


NOVA Chat Software update 1.10.0

Posted on 2013-11-27 13:44:07 by Admin under News

We have corrected the recent issue of Bluetooth reconnect not happening consistently with the NOVA Chat amps.  It has resulted in a change to the NOVA Chat system software and the amp software.  The NOVA Chat system software update 1.10.0 is posted to the Saltillo support pages on our website. 

Unfortunately, the amp software is not field updatable.  Anyone having re-connect issues will need to contact tech support (1-800-382-8622) to arrange for their amp to be updated. 


Zach and his Nova Chat

Posted on 2013-11-22 12:17:08 by Admin under AAC in Action

Zachary Willingham is our Saltillo Spotlight Celebrity for November.  He is 18 years old and goes to East Paulding High School in Dallas, GA.

Zach’s favorite things to do are going to football games and playing on his computer and iPad. He likes jumping on the trampoline, swimming, hanging out with his best buddy, Josh, and spending weekends at Aunt Donna’s.

 

Zach has had both an Xpress and a DynaVox V before getting his Nova Chat in the beginning of 2013.  His mother, Shari, reported that Zach has been involved in programming his NovaChat from the beginning, which she thinks has definitely made a difference with his success in using it.  She also thinks that the portability has been a plus.  “He truly does use his device in every aspect of his daily living”. 

Zach is fortunate to receive communication therapy at Dynamic Therapy Associates (http://www.mydynamictherapy.com) in Kennesaw GA. Vicki   Clarke, owner, President, SLP, and AAC Specialist extraordinaire has been his therapist for many years. Vicki and her staff believe that because they work with their clients and their families for so long, they know a bit about what they really need to communicate! They organize vocabulary based on what they know makes sense to the individual client. 

The route Vicki took with clients like Zach was using their communication devices to introduce places, activities, medical procedures and people in a safe, familiar manner before big events such as going to the dentist, doctors, or community events take place. Apparently for Zach it worked!!! Zach has always had a fear of all doctor visits so that is just one example of providing the right vocabulary for scary or unfamiliar situations. To top it off Zachary actually helped label, arrange and color code the symbols on his NovaChat.  He chose to put each doctor’s pictures on one row, labeled the doctor “Dr. Ear,” (ENT) “Dr. Lisa,” and “Dr. Head” (Psychiatrist) and gave each their own color row.  For Zachary, it made sense that this page was placed under the category of “People” on his “Doctor” page.  Dr. Ear got his own special page since the event was a major surgery.

Again, mom stated, “How are you supposed to put into words the significance of this?  It’s ‘ginormous!’ For the first decade or so we didn’t go to the doctor unless it was something significant.  You only went to the doctor as a last resort, if we couldn’t fix it ourselves. Now (Zachary) goes and has physicals and regular checkups with the ENT to make sure everything is okay. I don’t have to wait until he has the 105 degree fevers, seizures and raging infections before we have it checked out.  Preventative medicine is now an option.”


Meredith and her Nova Chat

Posted on 2013-09-18 12:02:27 by Admin under AAC in Action

Early on we realized that Meredith would need an alternative way to communicate due to her tracheostomy.  So, we started out teaching her ASL and learning along with her, thinking this was just for a couple of years. Then when she was 3 years old we found out that she also has a paralyzed vocal cord and that it is not likely to resolve on its own.  At this point we knew that we had to step it up a notch with teaching and learning ASL and consider other communication alternatives.

Once Meredith was enrolled in the public school system it became very apparent to them as well, that something needed to be done to help her language development progress.  Fortunately by then, the Nova Chat had recently progressed to the 7” tablet which is the perfect size for Meredith, since she is a very petite 5 year old.  In late spring 2013 Meredith received her Nova Chat.  Since then, Meredith’s language is steadily improving and she is even able to communicate with sentences.  She does have a great sense of humor for her age and often she will make a request using sign, but will then use her Nova Chat to say the same thing, as if to let us know she doesn’t think we understand her or perhaps we are too slow.  I would say her favorite thing to do right now with her Nova Chat is to request pasta.   Since it is her current favorite food she will say, “I want to eat more pasta, pasta, pasta!”   I also believe that using the Nova Chat has helped to improve her signing.  She has become so much better combining two or three signs when communicating, rather than making one word requests.  While it is still early and she is still young I am so happy that Meredith is able to have total communication thanks to her Nova Chat.