Core Concepts in Core Vocabulary Instruction
We’ve been talking about implementing A Year of Core Words and A(nother) Year of Core Words for our March words. If you are new to the idea, it involves highlighting a different set of set of 12-16 core words each month to help our AAC learners get progressively more familiar with their vocabulary options. Today, we’re linking to some posts with ideas for what to do with the core words for each month.
Laying the Foundation
Give learners access to core vocabulary in their communication books, SGDs, and/or AAC apps.
Prepare the core vocabulary materials for the month. If you haven’t started, don’t sweat it. Just download, print, and give it a go. “A year from now, you will wish you had started today” (K. Lamb). We are ALL a work in progress.
Use the core words in an AAC system when you speak. Whether we call it aided language stimulation, aided language input, aided modeling, or just modeling, the idea is the same. To teach a new way of communicating, use it yourself. That gives the AAC learner a competent model of what it looks and sounds like to communicate in this way. We all learned language by hearing competent speakers, and our AAC friends are no different in that respect. The more incidental exposure they get to us using AAC, the faster they will learn. No baby ever learned language from hearing it only during speech therapy. It just doesn’t work that way.
Create opportunities for adults, peers, and AAC learners to use the core words. We wrote several posts about this that you can take a look at. Here are a few from the archives.
- Meaningful Communication Opportunities
- Mining Preschool Routines for AAC Opportunities
- PrAACtical Play: Creating Opportunities with Favorite Toys
- From Disney Princesses to Houseplants: More on Building Communication Opportunities
Teach Word Meaning
If these words are new to your AAC learners, then this is the time to implement robust semantic intervention. Here are some past posts that might be helpful.
- Vocabulary Instruction in AAC
- Thoughts on Teaching Core Vocabulary
- Teaching Core With Direct Instruction Strategies
- Core Words, Direct Instructional Strategies, and the Beginning Communicator
- New Word Teaching: A Look Inside Some PrAACtical Therapy Sessions
- Complete Vocabulary Instruction Ideas
- Explicitly Speaking: Vocabulary Instruction in AAC
- Building Word Consciousness in AAC Vocabulary Instruction
- Ideas About Vocabulary Instruction for the Beginning Communicator
Embedded within some of these posts are links to others with specific activities, apps, and ideas for implementation.
Filed under: PrAACtical Thinking
This post was written by Carole Zangari