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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.
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!
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.
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).
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).