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  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children First Responder TouchChat Pages

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has put together a training for kids with autism in being aware of dangers associated with wandering off and how to respond when they are in danger.  Watch their video of the first training in Florida.  

    To go along with the training, TouchChat and News-2-You have teamed up to create SymbolStix vocabulary pages to support the project by NCMEC entitled, "How to Host a Sensory Friendly First Responder Event for Children with Autism". The vocabulary pages are communication solutions for children who have difficulty using their natural voice. They are available to download for free from the upgrade menu inside the TouchChat app.

    For more information about the project, please visit http://go.n2y.com/autism.

  • TouchChat 2.6.1 maintenance release

    A TouchChat maintenance release, 2.6.1, was released this week.

    This release corrects two items:

    • Resolves issue where in-app purchase vocabulary files were not retained
    • Improves button drag and drop on iPhone® and iPod®; this has to do with the red frame appearing when trying to choose a button to Edit on the phone
  • Guest Post by AAC device user Darryl Porter

    The NovaChat and TouchChat are tools to help the communication skills for a non-speaker. I started AAC devices in the early 80's. My mother designed communication charts and taught me to communicate.

    I started speech therapy at schools. My brothers understood me without a communication chart. I love to mess with people's minds with communication devices when I answer the phone. (That's so rare that I answer the phone.)

    They thought I couldn't understand, and tried to talk over my head. I shocked the people; show them I can understand them.

    My schools let me use the communication devices in 80's. Some devices were okay, few devices were almost perfect. My feeling about the NovaChat and TouchChat is they are best of devices. The NovaChat is like a Lamborghini, and there was device (in the 80's) like a Rolls Royce Phantom. It was the Epson Hx 20 SpeechPac.

  • Guest Presenter Dr. Carole Zangari- TELL ME: AAC for the Preschool Classroom

    Don't miss our guest presenter Dr. Carole Zangari teach the online webinar "TELL ME: AAC for the Preschool Classroom" on April 7th from 12-1pm ET. This training is FREE and will be offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

    This webinar provides an overview of a prekindergarten program designed to empower teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, and families to support the use core vocabulary in AAC systems. Participants will learn about the key elements of the TELL ME program (Zangari & Wise, 2017) and see how core language is addressed in shared reading and writing lessons, classroom routines, and typical play/learning activities. Program materials for building family involvement will also be discussed.

    Dr. Zangari is an associate professor of SLP at Nova Southeastern University where she teaches master’s and doctoral courses in AAC, coordinates the AAC Lab, and provides clinical supervision to graduate student clinicians. She is a frequent presenter on AAC topics at international and national conferences. Dr. Zangari co-edited Practically Speaking Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs with Gloria Soto and co-authored TELL ME: AAC in the Preschool Classroom with Lori Wise. She blogs at www.PrAACticalAAC.org.

    You can sign up for this training or any of our trainings here: http://touchchatapp.com/support/webinars

  • TouchChat 2.6 update has been released!

    TouchChat 2.6.0 was released earlier this week with the following features:

    New features:

    • A new WordPower file has been added.
      • WordPower 25 Touch & Scan with Keyboard is a vocabulary consisting of high frequency core words, spelling and word prediction.  With the keyboard on the main page, the communicator moves seamlessly between words and spelling, thus minimizing keystrokes and the need for navigation.  Common core words are embedded within the category pages in order to assist in bridging the gap between core and fringe vocabulary.
    • WordPower 24, WordPower 24 w/ phrases & WordPower 30 have been removed, but are still available to download here
    • WordPower files updated with voice command devices & other misc. items
    • Voice command device pages added to MultiChat15 vocabularies
    • Smart Period (handles words from word predictor or from buttons
    • Added iShare Privacy Policy link from iShare login page of app (for customers who need it prior to use)
    TouchChat 2.6 update addresses:
    • Back button matches a navgiate back button action
    • TouchChat is back in pronunciation dictionary
    • Word Prediction dictionary clean up

    To update your TouchChat App from the device, tap on App Store > Updates. Find TouchChat under the available updates and tap Update.

    Be sure to update your Chat Editor as well. Open Chat Editor and click on Help > Check Online for New Version. When prompted, download and install Chat Editor 2.6.

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