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Using TouchChat on Communication Devices

Facilitator(s): Renfrew Education
Date:December 05, 2017
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 18-IE-028

Target Audience

Teachers, Educational Assistants, Instructional Leaders, Speech Language Pathologists and Therapists of Students and anyone working with students who are non-verbal

Please bring a fully charged iPad with the TouchChat app already installed.

About this learning opportunity

TouchChat is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person's ability to use natural speech.

This is full-day TouchChat training include:

  • Review of all language sets/program options available in TouchChat (word power, gateway, quick chat, my chat, talk-about-aac) - discussion on selecting vocabulary sets for different needs
  • Detailed information about editing and customizing vocabulary sets – with hands on examples
  • Tips for editing on a computer and Ipad and transferring programming between devices
  • Using IShare to back up system
  • Troubleshooting issues related to TouchChat – staff would be encouraged to bring specific challenges/issues they have faced
  • Using paper/low tech backup & supportive systems
  • Strategies & ideas to build capacity for staff working with children using TouchChat on IPads & communication devices
  • Case studies/consultations as time permits

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

This session will be presented by Renfrew Educational Services' speech-language pathologists and Assistive Technology Assistants who work with students, classrooms, and families to support communication development in a variety of modalities, including the use of assistive technology. They have worked with students who demonstrate a variety of communication needs, and is familiar with a variety of high and low-tech communication options and are certified Touchchat trainers. 


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