AAC Vocabulary Lists

December 16, 2013 by - 8 Comments

AAC Vocabulary Lists
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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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  • 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.

    • Avatar photo 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!

  • 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!

    • Avatar photo 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. 🙂

  • Joan Bruno says:

    I would like to recommend Gateway To Language and Learning. It’s a series of core word vocabularies intended for severely speech impaired children who communicate through an AAC.

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Joann, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Gateway was one of the first robust language software programs I ever used and is a set of tools that I continue to use in teaching and clinical work. Can you point me in the direction of online vocabulary lists that are used by your programs/apps? I would love to look at those and update this post.

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