Prentke Romich and Saltillo Announce New Funding Website

Posted on 2018-04-09 11:16:56 by Admin under News

Prentke Romich Company Announces New Funding Website

The funding process made easier for Speech-Language Pathologists and families obtaining a device
from PRC and Saltillo

April 9, 2018, Wooster, Ohio – The Prentke Romich family of companies is pleased to announce the introduction of its new funding website:

A joint venture between Prentke Romich Co. (PRC) and sister company Saltillo Corporation, the site was designed to assist speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and clinicians to make the entire funding process faster and easier. 

“For many, the process involved in obtaining an augmentative and alternative communication device can be overwhelming,” said PRC CEO Dave Hershberger. “We created the site to help SLPs and others complete paperwork quickly and efficiently – and all online.” 

Now, the website’s Funding Toolkit enables clinicians to:

  • Complete and submit a funding request
  • Write a speech evaluation
  • Take a picture of medical cards and submit
  • Digitally sign documents

“Thank you again for another amazing experience! You never disappoint!”

 A Better Path to Funding

Being able to complete the process from start to finish, online, was designed to save busy professionals what they value most: time.  

“We understand that SLPs and clinicians are crunched for time,” said Hershberger. “The site was designed to leverage what can be completed digitally to expedite the process. Even better, the site is mobile-friendly, enabling work to be done on-the-go.”  

The site also includes information for parents and anyone else interested in learning more about the AAC funding process.  

Sections include a “Funding 101” category with information on:

  • How to Obtain Funding, a step-by-step guide to the funding process
  • Frequently Asked Questions with answers
  • Insurance Tips to keep in mind when working with private insurers
  • Funding Glossary to understand the terminology involved
  • Deferrals & Denials and how to continue the process

A “Resources” section offers information and alternative resources when funding for a device is not able to be obtained.

Decreased Waiting Time to Meet the Needs of Communicators

So far, feedback has been positive. For Pediatric SLP Chelsea Shoop, M.S., CCC-SLP, the site has helped her cut paperwork completion time in half and reduce the wait time for a device. 

“WOW is all I can say! Normally, it would take me anywhere from 5-7 hours (with full dedication to the evaluation) to complete the old evaluation format, but … with the new evaluation template, I was able to complete the evaluation in less than 2-2 ½ hours,” she said. “PRC continues to rise above the rest in not only their amazing products meeting the needs of our patients, but with also consideration of the needs of providers.”

SLPs and others who have been using PRC’s previous Funding Assistant may still complete submissions in progress and are encouraged to download and/or print previous submissions for their archives. All new requests must go through the new site and the Funding Toolkit.

“The site is a huge step for PRC, Saltillo and SLPs,” said Hershberger. “Anything that will help decrease the wait time to receive a device is a win for everyone.”

About PRC

PRC is a global leader in the development of AAC solutions, including augmentative communication devices and other assistive technology products and support services for people with speech disorders. A 100 percent 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 over 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.

For more information, go to or call 800.262.1984, ext. 1268.

About Saltillo

Saltillo Corporation, a sister company of PRC, is dedicated to making personal communication possible to individuals who are unable to use their natural voices, allowing them to participate in – and enjoy – life to the fullest. From its humble beginnings in Millersburg, Ohio over 22 years ago, Saltillo continues to change lives one voice at a time. With the most effective and intuitive AAC solutions and support available anywhere, children, teens and adults the world over are developing language skills for a lifetime of communication.

For more information, visit or call 877.397.0178. 

In addition to powerful AAC solutions, PRC and Saltillo provide teaching and implementation ideas, therapy materials, curriculum sequences, funding assistance and training to speech-language pathologists, special educators and the families of people who communicate using AAC.


ATIA Chat Fusion 8 Winner Announced

Posted on 2018-03-01 12:55:05 by Admin under News


We would like to extend a huge congratulations to Krista Davidson, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, as the winner of our Chat Fusion 8 giveaway at ATIA Orlando this year!  

When asked how Krista plans to use the device, she replied, "I’m in the process of developing an updated AAC Lab for the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic here at the University of Iowa. The Chat Fusion 8 will be a wonderful addition to this lab! Adding an advanced speech-generating device like this will enhance the student experience giving them hands-on practice with new SGDs and allow us to better serve our community through innovative therapy, evaluations, and parent education."

Congrats again Krista!

2.12.0 Software Released

Posted on 2018-02-21 11:02:39 by Admin under News


The 2.12.0 Chat software has been released with the following New Features:

    • Chat Software features

      • - WordPower update, 80 location reworked (see below), tweaked other files
      • - Added maps of UK and Spanish areas to library


      • - Chat Fusion 8.1 can now be put into Kiosk Mode

      WordPower 80 changes

      • - Category links now appear on the top row, and word prediction keys appear automatically when spelling is initiated, thus allowing for more core words
      • - Programming uses modifiers rather than pages
      • - Category pages modified slightly to align with main page


To download the Chat 2.12.0 Software Update,make a wireless connection, go to Menu > Help > Check for Updates on your device to initiate an automatic update or go to Downloads, choose your language and download the appropriate Chat Software Update to manually copy to your device. 

Check out the What's New in 2.11 and 2.12 video to learn more about the new features.


"Communication Partner Instruction in AAC" Guest Webinar Presented by Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP & Matt Baud, M.S., CCC-SLP

Posted on 2018-01-15 15:26:41 by Admin under News

We are happy to announce another guest webinar, "Communication Partner Instruction in AAC", presented by Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP and Matt Baud, M.S., CCC-SLP.

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be invaluable in helping children with complex communication needs express themselves at home and in the classroom.  However, providing the appropriate piece of technology alone does not ensure successful communication (Douglas, 2012).   Rather, the success of a communication interaction between an AAC user and a communication partner will depend heavily on the skills of the communication partner (Kent-Walsh & McNaughton, 2005).  Recent analyses of communication partner training programs suggest that there is consistent evidence that communication partner instruction not only improves the skills of communication partners but also has a positive impact on the communication of people who use AAC (Douglas, 2012; Kent-Walsh, Murza, Malani, & Binger, 2015; Shire & Jones, 2015).  This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the importance of communication partner instruction, review training elements found in successful communication partner training programs, and discuss research regarding the effectiveness of school staff and family instruction in partner-augmented input.  

The webinar will take place on April 5, 2018 at 1pm ET.  You can register here

Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with 20 years of experience working with children with complex communication needs. She is the owner/director of Technology and Language Center where she specializes in providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) services including assessment, consultation and training, and workshops/lectures.  Dr. Senner has presented at numerous national assistive technology conferences and has taught graduate courses in AAC and swallowing disorders.  She has published research in the areas of AAC, siblings and disability, and swallowing disorders in cerebral palsy.  

Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP, has been working with AAC for the past 14 years.  He currently is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE) performing evaluations, trainings and coaching communication partners.  Matthew also has his own AAC private practice working with individuals with complex communication needs from birth through adulthood. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Xavier University where he teaches a graduate course in AAC and has presented at national and state conferences. Matthew has published research in the areas of AAC