June 22-24 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

*Registration before June 8, 2021 will allow time for a device loan from PRC to be arranged (US Residents). A device is not required to participate in the seminar but having access to one can be beneficial during hands-on segments.

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:

Ongoing Assessment that Guides Intervention and Develops Communicative Competence

Tracy Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP

Determining levels of communicative competence through ongoing AAC assessment is essential to providing guidance in developing intervention strategies and achieving meaningful and measurable outcomes that increase communicative competence rather than arbitrary goal attainment for individuals using AAC. Using a process of ongoing AAC assessment enables development of individual AAC performance profiles, more comprehensive and evidence-based treatment plans, and effective AAC team management when varying levels of knowledge about AAC may otherwise impede the focus of an individual’s AAC program.

This presentation will focus on the topic of ongoing assessment that can guide intervention planning. It will review definitions of communicative competence (Light ’89, ‘14) and how these can be initially assessed, guide intervention planning and measure progress for individuals who use AAC. Case examples are used to demonstrate assessment, intervention planning, and progress measurement that maximize outcomes toward language development and communicative competence.