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This course will provide a brief overview of vocabulary options that are available with Chat Software on Saltillo devices (i.e. NovaChat and ChatFusion). Participants will learn basic programming skills to customize a client's file. Participants will be provided with "hands-on" time to learn and customize vocabulary files and adjust settings to meet the needs of a client. Implementation tips and ideas will also be shared. 

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Tue, Jan 07, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Eastern Standard Time



Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. show two vocabulary options offered on the NovaChat/ChatFusion.
  2. experiment with vocabulary options that offer a core language system.
  3. complete basic editing tasks such as editing buttons to customize a vocabulary set.
  4. demonstrate how to enable word finder and effectively use it to find a word within the vocabulary.
  5. test the menu lock feature to lock out access to menus.


20 minutes - Overview of Chat menus and discussion on settings
25 minutes - Loading and copying vocabulary, Customizing buttons, copying and pasting buttons, and hiding/showing buttons
15 minutes - Word finder, Locking Menus and website tour

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Cortney Maholtz, M.A., CCC-SLP

Cortney holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences also from the University of Maryland, College Park.  

Cortney believes that augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) devices can be life changing for people with disabilities.  AAC devices can allow an individual the opportunity to communicate and participate in their life in ways they may not have been able to previously.  Cortney supports and trains the families and other team members (e.g. teachers, SLPs, PTs, OTs, etc.) to use, implement, and teach AAC to children and adults who an AAC device, so that these individuals may communicate and engage with their world.    

Cortney has worked in a variety of settings from acute/sub-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities to private clinics and in the schools.  In these settings, Cortney has worked with both adults and pediatric clients with a variety of disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy, dementia, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.  Her journey into AAC began approximately 7 years ago while working with a pediatric client in a private clinic.  Since that time, Cortney took several classes to learn about various AAC options and help other children acquire personal AAC devices.  

Cortney is a licensed SLP in Georgia, maintains certification as an SLP (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a member of ASHA Special Interest Group 12 for AAC.

Financial: Cortney Maholtz is a salaried employee-owner for PRC-Saltillo.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.



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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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