February 2-4 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:

Measure, Measure, Measure: Using Data to Track Language Development

Russell Cross, BSc. (Hons.), DipCST, MRCSLT

The mantra of “Model, Model, Model” has become a powerful call-to-action to anyone working in AAC. However, as an individual becomes more proficient at independent communicating, the modelling can stop and the focus can turn more to the enrichment of language as a means of personal expression. Deciding when to decrease the amount of modelling can be helped by looking for “evidence of brilliance,” those unexpected flashes of creative language use that suggest that a client is becoming much more independent.

In this presentation, we’ll be looking at how to look for evidential data that is observable, measurable, and actionable, which can then help in the creation of goals and action plans. By adopting a strategy of “measure, measure, measure” it becomes possible to move on from “model, model, model.” There will be a focus on using the Realize Language data logging analysis tool, which works with all PRC-Saltillo devices, but we’ll also look at more general data collection and analysis tools and strategies.