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Benton and his Nova Chat 7 aka "Rocky"

Posted on 2013-04-04 10:37:31 by Admin under AAC in Action

Meet Benton aka Mr. “B”. Benton is an eleven year old boy who has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. Benton’s life changed in Jan 2013 when he received his Nova Chat 7 which Benton named “Rocky”. For 11 years Benton only communicated by hand and face gestures. "I always knew that my son had a voice and never gave up", said Benton's mom. "We met with Mrs. Jill and Ms. Barbara over at Jill Tullman and Associates located in Colorado, and immediately started AAC therapy. Needless to say our lives changed forever. We tried many different devices, but Benton didn’t really take off until he tried the Nova Chat 7. It was a perfect fit".  Since Benton really doesn’t have much control over his arms and hands. Benton uses the scanning option on the Nova Chat 7. He has a head switch mounted to his head rest. He listens for his choices through a speaker and then uses his head to activate the Nova Chat 7. "Benton decided we would name the device 'Rocky' because when Benton has 'Rocky' skies are the limit and he is unstoppable. From the day it arrived it Benton has communicated almost everything. It has opened up a whole another world. Benton is totally a different child he now has such a vibrant outlook on life now that he can be able to speak through 'Rocky'. We would like to thank everyone who made this possible!"

NOVA Chat & NOVA Chat Editor 1.7.0 Software Update

Posted on 2013-04-02 09:45:34 by Admin under News

New Nova Chat software update 1.7.0 has been released and is available for download on our website.   This update adds the following features for your Nova Chat device:

  • Option to show icons in the Speech Display Bar
  • The camera option has been added to the Button Properties menu, allowing  you to take a picture and immediately add it to a button
  • The Speech Display Bar window can now be displayed at the bottom or top of the screen
  • Gestures have been added
  • Option to Show/Hide Icons on the buttons
  • Hide/Show Multiple Buttons at Once
  • Added Scanning option of Auto Restart On/Off


There is also an update 1.7.0 to the Nova Chat Editor available here.  It adds the following features:

  • Edit Mode indication is moved to Title Bar so that it doesn’t cover the buttons
  • The Speech Display Bar window can now be displayed at the bottom or top of the screen
  • Option to Show/Hide Icons on the buttons
  • Hide/Show Multiple Buttons at Once

AAC Poetry & Story Hour at the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference

Posted on 2013-03-01 12:40:32 by Admin under News

This AAC Poetry & Story Hour is an AMAZING opportunity taking place during the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference.  It is open to any AAC user who would like to come and say a few words, read a short poem, tell a story, or even tell a limerick. Absolutely every AAC user is welcome and encouraged to participate, or just watch, and the only limitation for who speaks will be based on time available.

A signup sheet has been created on this Google document. Please share this with anyone interested. You can also contact our Saltillo consultant, Gabe Gibbons at and he can sign you up.

Saturday March 23
Miniseminar: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Location: Henry Hotel Conference Center: 300 Town Center Dr  Dearborn, MI 48126
â–² AAC Poetry & Story Hour
Speakers: Wendy Gach-Lazar, M.A., CCC-SLP, Detroit Medical Center; and Chris Klein, M.A., Owner and Founder of Becoming AAC, Grand Rapids.
.1 CEU
Instructional Level: Introductory
AAC users, just like any other students, need an opportunity to express more than just their wants and needs. This is an opportunity for the AAC users from across Michigan to have their voices and stories heard, and to share their enthusiasm for communication with other speech-language pathologists, parents and professionals. Participants will listen and interact with AAC users of all skill levels, learning stories and experiences of AAC users in story and poetry form. Moderated by Chris Klein, each AAC user will be allotted time to share a prepared or impromptu story or poem, as well as answer questions at the end.

"Hands-On Tools & Strategies for Enhancing Collaborative AAC Support Teams" CSUN Presentation

Posted on 2013-02-28 12:08:58 by Admin under News

Click here for the presentation that was given at the 2013 CSUN Conference, titled, "Hands-On Tools & Strategies for Enhancing Collaborative AAC Support Teams: Resources for Organized Therapeutic Service Delivery"