Get Your Chat On with the 2.20 Software Update!

Posted on 2019-07-15 18:11:31 by Admin under News

It's time to update the 2.20 Chat Software that's all about WordPower™! Here at Saltillo, we're dedicated to delivering the most up-to-date software and vocabulary enhancements to give you the best user experience. Read below to see what's new then click the link at the bottom to find the update for your device. 

All WordPower files 

  • -Added east, west, north, south – accessed through GEOGRAPHY pages
  • -“-‘s” available on all vocabularies (typically available on Spelling pages)
  • -Improved functioning of the comma on Spelling pages
  • -Updated “Hey Siri” training commands in English

WordPower20 Simply

  • -Symbols added to indefinite pronouns
  • -Added Voice Assist commands 

WordPower60 Basic

  • -“Pronoun + like/love” now leads to present progressive form of verb (i.e. I like reading / playing.) 

WordPower42 Basic & WordPower60 Basic

  • -BODY page now allows one to say things like, “I eat with my mouth; I smell with my nose; I hear with my ears;” etc. 

48-location Spanish files 

  • -SENSORY pages now available

WordPower60, 80, 108 and 140

  • -of > course




Download the 2.19 Chat Software Experience!

Posted on 2019-05-03 11:29:06 by Admin under News

Providing the best user experience with Saltillo devices is always top of mind. That's why we're dedicated to delivering the most up-to-date software and vocabulary enhancements…and the 2.19 Software Release does just that!

  • -You can now plug a dual switch into NovaChat® and ChatFusion™ devices for two-switch scanning
  • -The new Switch Setup Wizard will have your switches up and running in no time
  • -PCS symbols are now disabled by default in ChatEditor. If you have purchased PCS symbols on your NovaChat or ChatFusion device, simply connect that device to ChatEditor and the PCS symbols will be enabled (this is the same way that speech is enabled on ChatEditor). This maintains the copyright integrity of PCS symbols and ensures that those who use the PCS symbols have full access to them in the ChatEditor software.
  • -Lots of cool WordPower™ vocabulary enhancements for increased functionality and language building!

WordPower™ Enhancements 

All WordPower files

  • -Questions on the SOCIAL/PERSONAL pages are now color coded to make them more prominent
  • -Verbs “mow" and “whisper” added in all files
  • -BODY pages include SymbolStix® updates and increased page functionality 

All vocabularies up to 60-locations

  • -QUESTION and DESCRIBE are now written out in full
  • -SENSORY pages available – on WP20 and 25 (located under TOYS); in other files, they have their own pages

WordPower42 Basic

  • -“is” and “-s” now available on ANIMALS pages
  • -SPELLING page now has “-s” and “-’s” available
  • -Apostrophe option also on SPELLING page 


  • -ANIMALS links appear individually on GROUPS page
  • -DESERT animals now included


  • -Added “away” following “go” and “come”
  • -Turn > the page, around, it up, it down, it on, it off
  • -Read > leads to a link to READING page
  • -Added words “to, me, you” to READING page 

WordPower42, 108 & 108 w/Keyboard

  • -Now you can say “my favorite color” and “your favorite color”
  • -Numbers on the spelling pages now programmed with the “Speech Message” action 

WordPower60 BASIC

  • -The words QUESTION and DESCRIBE are now written out in full
  • -PROJECT CORE low-tech vocabulary board added as an option to “Manual Communication Boards”
  • -“-‘s” and “smart comma” available on SPELLING page
  • -“else” now follows indefinite pronouns like “something” (“something else," etc.)
  • -“some” and “an” added to EXTRA WORDS page
  • -“some” appears as a logical next word following “want” and “would like”
  • -DESERT ANIMALS and a second page of BIRDS included 

WordPower140 Scan & Touch

  • -You can now say “I would like to order…” on DRINKS and FOOD pages
  • -“again” added to READING page

 Spanish WordPower Files

  • -SOCIAL (FRASES) pages updated, DESERT ANIMALS added, and much more!
  • -Low-tech vocabulary board that loosely coincides with English PROJECT CORE added to WordPower60 ESPANOL BÁSICO; added as option to “Manual Communication Boards” PAGE



2.18 Chat Software Update Packed with Great New Features

Posted on 2019-03-14 11:47:33 by Admin under News

From Special Pages to Vocabulary, you'll find cool and useful new upgrades to help streamline communication. Read below some of what you'll find in this software update or watch our helpful video:

Download the 2.18 software update for your device.


When you make a special page your home page, two icons will precede the page name. If the page is currently open, you will see a green check mark in front of the page. The dialog box for setting special pages has been modified to use checkboxes so multiple special page assignments can be made through a single user action. This also enables you to unassign special pages.


ChatSMS, the texting feature on NovaChat® and ChatFusion™ devices, has been removed from the Google Play store. It can still be installed on an Android™ phone. Click here for instructions to download and install.


WP80 and WP108 w Keyboard

To complete the questions access using the first letter, you can now select "H" from the main page to get to "how"

WP42Basic & WP60 Basic

  • Provides verb endings when you select the verb “line up” (-s, -ed, -ing now appear when appropriate)
  • Verbs whisper, cut, and mow have been added

WP25 Scan & Touch

    • "2019" fixed in file
    • Next logical words have been added for the following:
      • Actions > take (a walk, a ride, a break, a picture, a bath, a shower)
      • Describe > good (job, idea)
      • Actions > take > a picture (of me)

WP20 Simply

  • Next logical words have been added for the following: 
    • Actions > more actions > take (a walk, a bath, a shower, a ride)
    • Question > how much > does it cost?

Communication Journey: Afasia Español files have been added

Language Lab Leader’s Labor of Love

Posted on 2019-03-04 20:15:20 by Admin under News

It was a project near and dear to her heart. 

For PRC-Saltillo’s Jane Odom, M.Ed., the Language Lab has been the fulfillment of a desire to provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) materials to educators, SLPs, parents and communicators themselves. 

“Helping to facilitate language development means the world to me,” said Odom, who developed the Language Lab in 2009. “Having the Language Lab available as an AAC resource for others has been a joy to develop and grow.” 

From that desire the Language Lab has grown – and continues to grow, with a new look and tools to make using the site even easier to navigate and use. 

The new website’s updated features, according to Odom, will include guided lesson plans, a new activities section, a new language screener, implementation tips, and more. 

For adults, there’s a curriculum available developed in conjunction with Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities. 

In addition, she noted, the site features an interactive language screener to quickly assess the stage of language a student is in, and how to determine when he or she is ready to move forward to the next stage. 

“This, I think, is a real value to SLPs, educators and caregivers,” said Odom. 

Each lesson plan or activity includes suggested next steps, to help learning and growth to continue. Guided lesson plans for each language state help direct activities based on specific language objectives. 

The Language Lab’s blog is expanded and full of stories: Touching. Informative. Inspiring. Humorous. 

Written by SLPs, parents and device users themselves, there’s a wealth of information, tips, strategies and more, all from people who are experienced and knowledgeable, said Odom. 

Like what you see? Be sure to “Like” your favorite lessons to help others choose, as well. Or, be sociable! Share lesson plans and activities on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. 

Looking for something in particular? A more robust site-wide search now finds resources in a flash. 

“The best part? An annual subscription is only $19.95 per year,” said Odom. “With so much available, it’s a great way to build language – and have some fun! And really, who can put a price on that?”

Check it out!