PrAACtically August: Resources for A Year of Core Words

July 28, 2015 by - 2 Comments

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It’s just about back-to-school time where we live, and many students who are learning to use AAC will be working to become more competent with their augmentative communication systems. Teachers, therapists, and aides can help them in that journey by teaching core vocabulary so that they have a body of words that can be used across activities, environments, and communication partners. There are lots of ‘right’ ways to support these students. Among them is an instructional approach in which a new set of core words is introduced every few weeks in order to build their experiences with AAC. Our Year of Core Words materials has two versions, one from 2013 (12 words/month) and one from 2014  (16 words/month; Different than the previous year’s core words). If you’ve been following along, or are just getting started, these resources may be of interest.

2013 Words: any, bring, day, fall, give, hot, job, know, other, sick, sorry, together

2014 Words: aide, animal, clothes, finger, from, lego, only, must, night, pick, room, stay, still, town, white, woman

  1. Templates for you to plug in your own symbols: 2013 words, 2014 words
  2. Minspeak/Unity version: 2013 words
  3. PCS versions: 2014 words
  4. Lesson Pix: 2013 words
  5. Smarty Symbols: 2013 words, 2014 words

Following along with our 2013 list? Model them in sentences like these:

PrAACtically August: Resources for A Year of Core Words
Much appreciation to Kathryn Dorney, Barbara Fernandez, Bill and Lori Binko, Russell Cross, Gail Van Tatenhove, and all the others who have made these resources and allowed us to share them.

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  • Marie Exantus says:

    I teach students with special needs , AAC is a big part of my teaching methods. I will love to receive information through my email

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Marie! Check your email for a confirmation message. Once you confirm, you should get notices of new posts when they come out.

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