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Please note:

  • Not all courses are offered in all territories and additional titles may be available in your area.
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Course Descriptions

  

  • A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to AAC Implementation

    The successful implementation of an AAC device depends on the skills of the AAC user, as well as, the skills of all communication partners in the environment. The speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a crucial communication partner; however, many AAC users often receive physical therapy (PT) and/or occupational therapy (OT), in addition. The focus of this session is on implementing an AAC device on a multi-disciplinary team, including PTs and OTs. This session provides an overview of core language, the importance of communication partners, and how to implement a device. SLPs may implement many of these strategies, as well, and assist members of the team in implementing an AAC device with ideas, suggestions, and further support. Implementation strategies discussed include aided language input, using sabotage to elicit communication, establishing routines, and using scripts. Participants will have the opportunity to put it to practice through hands-on activities.


    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • AAC Funding Simplified
    This workshop will provide an overview of the AAC evaluation and funding process. We will explore the three technological levels of AAC devices and discuss which is appropriate to trial during client evaluations. We will discuss and determine client eligibility for AAC through Medicaid and private funding sources. Basic instruction for an AAC Evaluation report will be provided as well as demonstration of the AAC funding checklist which is used to ensure a complete packet. Finally, participants will identify the support available to them before, during and after the funding process.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • Explore ChatEditor: Saltillo's Companion Software
    This course will review and explore the features and functions of ChatEditor. ChatEditor is a free companion program for the Saltillo line of devices (i.e. NovaChat, ChatFusion, and TouchChat Express), as well as the TouchChat Application. It is available as a download on your Windows desktop or laptop computer. Participants will learn how to install, set up a configuration, customize a vocabulary, and back up a customized file using ChatEditor. ChatEditor offers an added bonus of customizing a vocabulary file without taking the device away from the user and easily transferring the file at a convenient time. Additionally, participants will observe how to quickly utilize the capture tool to create a button sequence that can be used in visual supports.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • Explore to Know More
    This course will review and explore vocabulary files that are available on the NOVA chat devices and TouchChat application. This course will help professionals/parents to better understand pre-selected vocabulary files, specifically, who developed them, why they were developed, and how they are organized. Participants will be provided with "hands-on" time to learn the vocabulary files that are presented. By better understanding the vocabulary files, participants will be more equipped to select the most appropriate vocabulary files for a client using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • Getting to Know Saltillo

    This course will introduce you to Saltillo Corporation and its communication solutions (i.e., NovaChat, ChatFusion, TouchChat Express, and the TouchChat App). Participants will learn about the different vocabulary options available, which can easily be customized to meet your client's needs. A demonstration of customization and use of the devices will be included, along with hands on experience. Key software and hardware features will be discussed. Participants will also learn about the many free resources Saltillo offers including the ChatEditor companion software, online implementation materials, funding support, webinars, and more!


    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • More Than Just a Pretty Chart: Realizing the Power of Data Logging
    As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine how helpful it would be to actually see the words being used and the progress being made by people who use a speech generating devices (e.g., NovaChat, ChatFusion). This course offers one possible approach to help visualize such data through the use of data logging and Realize Language, a subscription-based web tool. Participants will learn the what, why, and how of data logging, an available feature within Saltillo's Chat Software and the TouchChat application. This will include a discussion about how to use Realize Language in order to visualize and communicate the information in a more efficient and meaningful way. Case study examples will be used to illustrate how visualizing the data can have positive impacts on team communication, intervention planning, and progress monitoring. Discussion will include ideas for putting it into practice as well as identifying possible barriers and benefits of using data logging.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • NovaChat and You: Strategies to Grow Language
    This workshop will present a research-based strategy to increase communication for individuals using a speech generating device (SGD) via communication partner education. Participants will learn about a simple 3-4 step strategy to incorporate into everyday communicative contexts. Participants will be given time to practice (role-play) various communication partner roles across communication contexts, as well as hands-on practice with situations they may encounter on a regular basis with the individual using the SGD.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • Oh the Things You Can Do! A ChatEditor Make & Take Session

    This interactive course begins with a review of Saltillo's ChatEditor, the free companion software that is available to use with both the TouchChat Application and the Saltillo devices (e.g., NovaChat, ChatFusion, TouchChat Express). After creating a configuration, participants will observe how to transfer and open a vocabulary file within ChatEditor software. Participants will then engage in a hands-on learning experience, as they discover how to print pages and use the button capture tool to create button sequences. Participants will then paste these button sequences into provided templates to create quick and easy visual supports and materials.
    Participants must bring/have a computer with the most updated ChatEditor software.
    http://saltillo.com/products/chat-editor


    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • Putting Aided Language Input into Practice
    Communication is a two-way process. As such, the successful implementation of an AAC device depends as much on the skills of the person using AAC as it does on those of the communication partners. This session will provide an overview of the characteristics, roles, and responsibilities of communication partners working with people who use AAC, with a focus on aided language input. Aided language input is a strategy in which the communication partner uses AAC to teach AAC. Shared reading will be discussed as a vehicle for learning to use aided language input to support device implementation and facilitate language learning. Participants will have the opportunity to put it to practice through a hands-on activity.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.1

  • Explore to Know More in 90 Minutes

    This class will review and explore vocabulary files that are available on the NovaChat devices and TouchChat application. This course will help professionals/parents to better understand pre-selected vocabulary files, specifically, who developed them, why they were developed, and how they are organized. Participants will be provided with "hands-on" time to learn the vocabulary files that are presented. By better understanding the vocabulary files, participants will be more equipped to select the most appropriate vocabulary files for a client using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).


    ASHA CEUs:  0.15

  • Getting Started with the Student-Centered AAC Assessment
    This presentation will discuss the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment process, considering the strengths and needs of an individual in order to identify the features of an appropriate AAC system. Assessment models will be briefly discussed and the steps of the assessment process will be outlined. Participants will identify the benefits of matching the technology to an individual's needs rather than matching the individual to the technology.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.15

  • NovaChat and You: A Model to Grow Language
    This workshop will present research-based techniques to increase communication for individuals using a speech generating device (SGD) via communication partner education. Participants will learn about communication and communication characteristics common to both partners, how to increase communication by modifying their own behaviors, and a simple strategy to incorporate into everyday communicative contexts. Six techniques to incorporate into everyday communicative contexts will be presented.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.15

  

  • AAC: Fostering Emergent Literacy
    Literacy is a continuum that starts at birth, developing simultaneously and interrelatedly with speaking and listening. Teaching literacy is one of the most empowering things we can do for people who use AAC, and it starts with fostering emergent literacy skills. This seminar will help participants understand literacy from a developmental perspective. It will then focus on building emergent literacy skills by 1) providing access to an AAC system with core language, 2) engaging in shared reading, 3) making reading materials accessible, and 4) engaging in early writing activities. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities to further their learning. Discussion will also include how to use AAC in the context of phonological awareness. Resources, strategies, and tools will be shared, giving participants ideas to get started fostering emergent literacy with individuals who use AAC.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.2

  • Customize and Communicate with Saltillo Chat Software
    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.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.2

  • Achieving Authentic Communication: Implementation Toolkit
    This class will review elements of implementation to help participants achieve authentic communication with their clients. Participants will learn about communication, a complex multimodal process, involving the interaction of three elements: functions of communication, the environment, and communication partners. This will include a discussion about how to move beyond requesting and what to do as the communication partner. Additionally, participants will learn about the importance of creating communication opportunities, and how to do so for their clients. Examples will be used throughout the seminar and participants will have hands on experience using several tools to help clients achieve authentic communication.
     

    ASHA CEUs:  0.25

  • Beyond the Basics: Saltillo's Chat Software
    This course will go beyond basic customization, helping participants fully embrace and utilize the features available on the NovaChat and ChatFusion devices. Participants will learn how to complete updates, create and import pages, modify button actions, create visual scenes, set up a profile, and transfer media to/from the device. This will also include a discussion about using the ChatEditor companion software to backup vocabulary and create materials. Implementation ideas will be integrated throughout the presentation, which will include how to use Stories and Scripts. Finally, the resources on the Saltillo Website will also be explored. 

    This is an intermediate level training and assumes the participant can perform the following: duplicate a vocabulary file, create a new button, and customize a button label, message, picture, and style. These topics are covered in other trainings. 

    ASHA CEUs:  0.25

  • Explore. Customize. Communicate: Saltillo Chat Software
    This course will review and explore vocabulary files that are available with Chat Software on Saltillo devices (i.e. NovaChat and Chat Fusion). Participants will explore vocabulary options and 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.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.25

  • NovaChat and You: A Model and Strategies to Grow Language
    This workshop will present research-based techniques and strategies to increase communication for individuals using a speech generating device (SGD) via communication partner education. Participants will learn about communication and communication characteristics common to both partners, how to increase communication by modifying their own behaviors, and a simple strategy to incorporate into everyday communicative contexts. Six techniques to incorporate into everyday communicative contexts will be presented, as well as a 3-4 step strategy for implementing. Participants will be given time to practice (role-play) various communication partner roles across communication contexts, as well as hands-on practice with situations they may encounter on a regular basis with the individual using the SGD.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.25

  

  • AAC: Ready - Set - GOAL!

    Creating goals and measuring progress for individuals who use AAC can be a challenging process. In theory, this shouldn't be that much harder than writing any other language or academic goals, right? One thing that is often different about the AAC goal-writing process is that teachers and therapists simply don't know enough about AAC and what skills contribute to helping someone become a competent and successful communicator. While there are available goal banks to use, these still require tweaking and may not always be appropriate. 

    This course will provide the participants with resources, tools, and a framework so they have the skills to write goals and objectives on their own. Participants will engage in goal writing in order to learn about the four areas of communicative competence, the goal attainment scale, and SMART terminology. It will include a discussion about monitoring progress, as a goal is only as good as your ability to measure it. This course will help participants reflect on where their client is (baseline), where they want to go (goals), and how to get there (a plan). 


    ASHA CEUs:  0.3

  • Soaring with Core! Exploring WordPower with Saltillo
    This workshop will provide an overview of core vocabulary and how it is represented in Saltillo systems. Core vocabulary is comprised of the words we use for communication regardless of context. About 80% of the words we use will be core, and teaching these words to individuals using AAC is particularly important. In this workshop, participants will develop an understanding of what core vocabulary and how it fits in with language development and communication. Participants will explore core vocabulary with WordPower through a hands-on activity. Strategies for teaching core vocabulary within lessons and daily routines will be discussed. Participants will plan for use of core vocabulary in social and academic environments.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.3

  • TouchChat: Exploring Options and Customizing
    This session targets understanding the features and options of TouchChat (an application to support communication needs) as well as learning to customize the vocabulary, back up, restore and share files, etc.
    ASHA CEUs:  0.3

  

  • AACcess: Explore & Experience
    This course will introduce you to the alternative access methods offered by Saltillo Corporation and its communication solutions (i.e., NOVA Chat, Chat Fusion, Touch Chat Express). Participants will learn about switch scanning and headpointing, which can easily be customized to meet your client's needs. A demonstration of both access methods will be included, along with multiple opportunities for hands on experience throughout the workshop. Key software and hardware features will be discussed including visual effects. Participants will also learn about Scan Editor and how to create custom scan patterns and auditory prompts. Additionally, participants will briefly learn about the many free resources Saltillo offers including the Chat Editor companion software, online implementation materials, funding support, webinars, and more!
    ASHA CEUs:  0.5

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