PrAACtical Thinking AAC Vocabulary Lists

Published on December 16th, 2013 | by Carole Zangari

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AAC Vocabulary Lists

We were looking for some core vocabulary lists the other day and it struck us: Maybe you were, too! Here are some we found, both for core words and other AAC-related topics.

Core Vocabulary


Break time at work [UNL]

Dolch words: PreK through 3rd grade

Medically-oriented [UNL]

Young children  [UNL]

Know of one that we should add to the list? Please comment or get in touch so we can add it in.


UNC: University of North Carolina
UNL: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Carole Zangari

Carole Zangari has been involved in the practice and teaching of AAC for over 20 years. She is a professor of speech-language pathology and has been fortunate to have been able to introduce many children and adults to the world of AAC. "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt

4 Responses to AAC Vocabulary Lists

  1. Jasmine Travers-Charbonneau says:

    Thanks for organizing these all in one place! I cannot tell you how often I am on the go and looking for core word lists.

    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Same here, Jasmine! Glad it was helpful and if you run across any others that you would like to have us add, plz get in touch so we can update it. :) In the meantime, thanks for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated!

  2. Katherine Rowlyk says:

    Anderson & Bitner, 2013: great list/comparison but I wish they just copy/pasted the words instead of all those X’s! Very hard to scan down a single list! My child uses an AAC device and I was looking for core words. Helpful links. Thanks!

    • Carole Zangari Carole Zangari says:

      Excellent suggestion! Thanks so much, Katherine. Very nice of you to take the time to share this with the rest of us. :)

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