PrAACtically December: A Year of Core Vocabulary Words

November 30, 2015 by - 2 Comments

PrAACtically December: A Year of Core Vocabulary Words
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The recent ASHA 2015 Conference in Denver provided even more  validation that core vocabulary is now a widely accepted practice in supporting language development in AAC learners. Presentation after presentation discussed the rationale, research support, and strategies for implementation.

A few years ago, we suggested that one way to help strengthen learners’ abilities with core words is to take a different set of 12-20 core words each month and focus on them for a few weeks. How? By modeling those words, making resource materials (like word cards with the symbols), creating activities in which those words figure prominently, posting them in the classroom/therapy room, reading books that have heavy use of these words, sharing them with families, write stories using them, etc.

Set 1 (2013): ask, favorite, goodbye, hear, of, please,silly, surprise, these, use, way, work

Set 2 (2014): already, clear, doctor, fix, great, grow, her, high, jump, outside, ride, room, side, straight, wake, wash

Here are some resources that may be helpful as we move on to highlight the December words.

The resources listed here available due to the collegiality of Deborah Lesher, Beth Erwin, Bill and Lori Binko, Heidi LoStracco, Alison Wade, Russell Cross, Gail Van Tatenhove, Eric Sailers, Rachael Langley, and others. We are grateful for their contributions.

We can model these powerful core words in sentences, too. (Thanks, Beth Erwin!)

PrAACtically December: A Year of Core Vocabulary Words

Storybook reading is such a great way to get in some extra modeling and elicitation of core words. Many thanks to Deborah Lesher for this list of books that provide ample opportunities to target our December core words.

Finally, check out all the wonderful activity suggestions in Rachael Langley’s calendar for December.

PrAACtically December: A Year of Core Vocabulary Words

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  • Anne says:

    PrAACticalaac has been such a great resource for me in using AAC with my grandson. Thank you, Carol and all who do such wonderful for things to help everyone have a voice.

    • Avatar photo Carole Zangari says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Anne. I feel so lucky to be in a field where people are willing to help each other. 🙂

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