Now You’re Talking: Learning the UNIDAD Language System


July 24-26, 2018, Pittsburgh


The focus of this 2.5 day seminar will be to provide learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for the use of core vocabulary as it pertains to language and vocabulary development for augmented communicators as well as how to integrate the use of core vocabulary as a primary strategy for targeting communication and language in home and academic settings.  When speech-language pathologists have bilingual learners who use AAC on their caseloads, it is challenging to know what to teach and in which language intervention should occur.  This seminar will offer information about normal language development for monolingual Spanish language learners and bilingual Spanish-English language learners. Our guest speakers will teach participants to use and teach the UNIDAD® software through direct instruction, hands-on practice and small group activities.   Therapeutic activities and implementation strategies will be discussed along with numerous resources that can be accessed within the device, the PASS software and on the Internet to support therapeutic outcomes. 


Bruce Baker, PhD

Deborah Laurent Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP

Tracy M. Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP

Russell Cross

Darlette Navrotski, M.A., CCC-SLP

Daniel Dardiz, MA, CCC-SLP

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain why core vocabulary, not extended vocabulary, should be emphasized in AAC intervention.
  2. Describe the relationship between the use of core vocabulary and normal language development.
  3. Describe the difference between a needs-based communication display and a language-based communication display.
  4. Identify the challenges with using a page-based system in an AAC device.
  5. Discuss the impact of motor automaticity in the successful use of AAC devices.
  6. Discuss normal language acquisition for monolingual Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English language learners.
  7. Discuss the concept of an icon family within the UNIDAD® software.
  8. List the five patterns of vocabulary access in UNIDAD®.
  9. Identify three tools that can be used to support intervention with UNIDAD®.
  10. Identify two key differences between referential and descriptive teaching strategies.
  11. Generate linguistically oriented IEP goals and objectives for students who use AAC.
  12. Discuss strategies that enable students who use AAC to demonstrate learning to demonstrate learning within the components of Bloom’s Taxonomy.


This activity is offered for up to 1.9 CEUs (19.25 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:
  1. Download, and complete the following forms.
  2. Save the files names: 180724_SCS_Lastname-Firstname
  3. Send both files to
  4. CEU certificate will be sent after submitting the two forms

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