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While it is a common misconception that AAC is only used for individuals with limited verbal language abilities with complex communication needs, it can also be successfully used as a medium to support the academic and social growth of students without communication delays. This session will show how the Park Hill School District utilizes AAC across the academic school day, in social settings, and in special classes, with a range of ages and ability levels. Examples will be provided across the age continuum from preschool through high school. Tools such as Saltillo's Chat Editor and TouchChat app with WordPower will be highlighted as a way to support the planning and implementation of language groups, academic activities, literacy, writing, social skills, play routines, social communication, email communication and much more.


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Wed, Sep 11, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Eastern Standard Time



Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how AAC is used across grade levels and disabilities to support all students.
  2. Observe AAC in action in language groups, social skills, play routines, and social communication.
  3. Identify methods for using AAC to support reading and writing.
  4. Review a variety of resources and methods of providing training to staff.




10 minutes - How PHSD got started
15 minutes - Early Childhood/Elementary
15 minutes - Middle/High School
10 minutes - Resources and Training
10 minutes - Next Steps/Sophie's Run

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Elisa Parker

Elisa Parker has been a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Early Childhood Special Education program for the Park Hill School District in Kansas City Missouri since she began her career 22 years ago.   Her passion has always been working with children with Autism and facilitating Augmentative/Alternative Communication.  As these populations and district grew, the need for an Autism Coach and Assistive Technology Facilitator was developed for the Park Hill ECSE program.  Elisa has been the Autism Consultant for the Gerner Family Early Education Center for 8 years and the Assistive Technology Facilitator for 4 years.  Elisa provides consultative services and training to the Gerner ECSE staff, K-12 Park Hill staff, and parents.  She has provided trainings and consultative services with the Missouri Autism Project Access, ABCnD Services in Kansas City, Missouri, Mission Project in Mission, Kansas, and Farmer’s House in Weston, Missouri.  Elisa serves on the Sophie’s Run board which is a non-profit organization that provides Assistive Technology to individuals in the Park Hill School District attending area.

Financial: Elisa Parker is employed by the Park Hill School District.

Nonfinancial: Elisa Parker serves on the board of Sophie’s Run, an organization providing AAC technology to families in the district.


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Tara Wineinger

Tara Wineinger has spent 24  years in Special Education. Tara has always been involved in assistive technology but the last 6 years it has been a full time position as the Assistive Technology Facilitator in the Park Hill School District.  Prior experience includes special education teacher for grades K-12, self-contained and resource.. Process Coordinator 5 years Diagnostic Coordinator 5 years.  Tara has also presented at Closing the Gap and assist with moderating a Metro AT group in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Tara serves as Vice-President on the Sophie’s Run board which is a non-profit organization that provides Assistive Technology to individuals in the Park Hill School District attending area.

Financial: Tara Wineinger is employed by the Park Hill School District.

Nonfinancial: Tara Wineinger serves on the board of Sophie’s Run, an organization providing AAC technology to families in the district.




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Submission Deadlines

Live online classes:  Participants wanting ASHA CEUs must be registered, "join" the class through his/her unique confirmation email letter, participate for the entire duration of the class, and pass a post-test with 80% accuracy or higher. No partial credits will be submitted. Participants have 15 days to submit all ASHA paperwork to PRC. ASHA paperwork received after 15 days will not be accepted.

In-person classes:  All ASHA paperwork must be submitted to the presenter by the end of the training day.

ASHA Information

Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days. In addition, if there is a registration fee associated with the class and payment is not received, PRC will not submit your request for ASHA CEUs.

An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE Registry fees are paid by the participant directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071 ext. 8591 for CE Registry fee subscription information:

PRC-Saltillo licenses a patented technology that is in PRC-Saltillo products trademarked as Accent®, ChatFusion™, NovaChat®, PRiO®, TouchChat®, TouchChat® Express, Look™, NuEye®, and NuPoint®, as well as software (CoreScanner™, Engage, Essence®,  VocabPC™, MultiChat15, UNIDAD®, Unity®, WordPower™, LAMP Words for Life®, LAMP Words for Life® - Spanish/English, LAMP Words for Life® - VI, TouchChat® app), and our Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) approach. PRC-Saltillo also has registered five websites,,,,, and Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products/softwares/websites.

PRC presentations will focus exclusively on Accent, PRiO, NuEye, Look, NuPoint, Unity, UNIDAD, LAMP Words for Life, LAMP Words for Life - Sp/En, LAMP Words for Life - VI,  CoreScanner, Essence, WordPower, Explore AAC, Realize Language, or AAC Language Lab and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices or software.

Saltillo presentations will focus exclusively on ChatFusion, NovaChat, TouchChat, VocabPC, MultiChat15, WordPower, TouchChat app, Explore AAC, or TouchChat website.

WordPower is a trademark of Inman Innovations, Inc; © 2001-2019; All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of PRC-Saltillo. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.


This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).


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