PrAACtical Thinking Power Words from PrAACtical Friends

Published on December 20th, 2013 | by Carole Zangari

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Power Words from PrAACtical Friends

Teaching core vocabulary is the best way to pack a lot of power into an AAC system. As some of you Power Words from PrAACtical Friendsknow, we post things to the PrAACtical AAC Facebook Page a few times/day. Recently, we shared a link to a core word board from the I Can Newsletter folks that was posted on Boardmaker Achieve. We asked for suggestions for what you could say with those words. Here’s are some great ideas from our prAACtical friends:

  • Come again: Love that this can be used in a literal sense, but also as a snarky comment
  • Get help
  • Go away: Language learning and self-advocacy – this one’s a two-fer!
  • Your bad
  • Stop it.
  • Ready, go!
  • Go get it.
  • I like it.
  • I want all done!
  • I want more
  • You do/did it.
  • You stop it.
  • You want it.
  • What you want? We’ll take any opportunity to model questions and teach how to form them
  • You give that.
  • Do you see it? Love this both because it teaches the an interrogative form and also because it is partner-focused. Both play an important role in maintaining social connections.
  • I want more help.
  • What do you want?
  • Help, I want your drink!
  • I like your drink more.
  • I want (to) get (to) go away.
  • I(m) ready (to) help you.
  • See, you do like it more.
  • Do you want this good drink?
  • I give you this drink again.
  • Come see what I did: Love the idea of teaching people who use AAC to show off, a normal part of language development that we sometimes overlook.
  • I want different drink: Great opportunity for concept development!
  • What you do that again, you big bad it! This one makes us laugh. Why motivate kids with food or special toys, when you can make the interaction itself something goofy and enjoyable? Life is too short not to have fun in therapy.

Special thanks to Barb, Cristina, Lauren, Honorat, Rachel, Lisa, Kim, Glenwood,Liz, Anne, and others for participating and sparking our imaginations.


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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

One Response to Power Words from PrAACtical Friends

  1. Marlene says:

    I love this approach.We did the same thing with several of our Job Embedded Professional Learning Teams and they loved it. It also served as a wonderful starting place to model “intentionally” during the day, which brings additional focus to those words and phrases you are highlighting. The teams also used this type of activity in planning their vocabulary instruction by seeing all the phrases that can be generated with a few chosen words.

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