May 18-20 2021

Virtual Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar Series (PALSS)


Virtual PALSS will cover a range of topics over the course of 3 days using a variety of formats including lecture, breakout activity sessions, and hands-on follow along instruction with devices/software. Each day includes a lunch break and several short duration breaks. Registered participants will receive a detailed agenda.


Registration Fee: $224.00


DAY 1 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
Core Vocabulary
Language Acquisition
Communication Partner Training
UNITY® Language System – Hands-on Time

DAY 2 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
Guest Speaker Presentation (Details Below)

DAY 3 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
Recognition Memory and Motor Automaticity
Language Development in the Classroom
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Conversation with Chris Klein (individual who uses a UNITY® system)
PASS Software Training
Natural Polysemy



Guest Speaker Presentation:

Developing Language for People Using Minspeak® Systems

Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP

Gail discusses practical ways to develop core vocabulary and generative language. In the morning, Gail focuses on supporting core vocabulary development with individuals with severe cognitive and/or multiple impairments, emphasizing (1) the practice of critical communication partner skills, (2) vocabulary instruction through immersion, and (3) explicit teaching through a “word-of-the-week” approach. All teaching examples are based on the use of Pixons®. The afternoon is dedicated to specific intervention strategies for individuals using the Unity® program, with an emphasis on (1) building semantic networks, (2) using core in the classroom through descriptive talking, and (3) going “old school” in the teaching of vocabulary, syntax, morphology, and discourse.